Leopardo Project Honored at Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards

The Leopardo-built Hub at Prairie Shores project was honored as a finalist for the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) Merit Award at an event on May 11 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. The CBC Merit Award Program has celebrated the building industry since 1956 by honoring outstanding projects completed in the greater Chicagoland area.

The new two-story clubhouse was inspired by the sandy lakefront dunes that once swept across the site. The focal element of the building is a design-build 20’ high, one-of-a-kind, curved curtainwall which provides an inviting community setting with natural diffused sunlight and views of nature.

“We are proud to have worked with such a great team to deliver this beautiful project, and we are incredibly honored to see our work recognized in this prestigious capacity,” said Leopardo senior vice president Mike Mastin.

The building promotes health and wellbeing by providing access to nature through an occupied roof deck and landscaped plazas as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studios, healthy food options, and programmed activities. Given the site’s proximity to the lakefront, special consideration was given to the migratory paths of native birds with the use of a bird-safe acid etched glass, the first of its kind in Chicago. Residents can also enjoy a café area with standalone vending, a great room with lounge seating, fireplace and TVs, game room and kitchen area with a pool table, TVs, kitchen bar, and high-top seating, as well as a co-working lounge with booth seating for groups or individuals.

Leopardo collaborated with Gensler, Golub & CompanyFarpoint, Goldman Sachs, and Stanton Interior Concepts to complete the project.