Chicago, IL

30 East Balbo Drive


Targeting college students and young professionals in Chicago’s South Loop, 30 East offers 255 bedroom rentals in 134 shared, furnished apartments. A two-story podium with ground-level retail and second-floor indoor/outdoor amenity space supports the fourteen-story tower. The sleek glass enclosure reflects 30 East’s modern take on rental living. SGH consulted on the design of the building’s glazing and wall systems.

SGH assisted with the design for the window walls and fiber-cement rainscreen cladding. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewed the proposed design for the window wall and recommended ways to improve the selected system’s performance
  • Developed details to integrate the window walls with other enclosure systems
  • Helped evaluate value engineering proposals and alternates submitted by the construction team
  • Reviewed shop drawings to compare with the design intent
  • Visited the site to observe ongoing construction and helped the contractor resolve field conditions
  • Observed water and air infiltration testing of the window to compare with the specified performance requirements

Project Summary



Completion Date


Construction Value
New Construction
Building Enclosures
Commercial | Residential | Mixed-Use
Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates
Specialized Capabilities
Facades & Glazing

Key team members

Peter Babaian
Peter Babaian
Building Technology Division Head, Chicago