Award of Merit - Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality

Mather LifeWays of Evanston, Ill., says it has broken the mold of locating a Continuing Care Retirement Community on a suburban campus by embracing the renaissance in urban living and its many benefits for adults 62 and older.

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The 496,000-sq-ft community encompasses redevelopment of a 3.2-acre urban infill site previously occupied by two outdated senior residences. The community provides 243 homes comprising 40 different unit plans averaging nearly 1,400 square feet per unit.

The community also provides a variety of living options, located in five distinct neighborhoods. Two acres of garden space are designed to provide older adults the ability to remain active and engaged and include a formal concert lawn, meandering walking paths, raised garden plots for planting and roof terraces.

No longer dependent on one development to support all social and community functions, the urban site will support and broaden the quality of life for the residents. In addition to its proximity to downtown Evanston with its shops and services and access to public transportation, The Mather is just two blocks from Northwestern University and Lake Michigan beaches.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Mather Lifeways, Evanston, Ill.
CM: Power Construction Co. LLC, Schaumburg, Ill.
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago
Civil Engineer: Spaceco Inc., Rosemont, Ill.
Structural Engineer: Halvorson and Partners, Chicago
MEP Engineer: Environmental Systems, Chicago