Chicago, IL

5252 South Cornell Avenue


With a striking curved facade, the twenty-six story apartment building stands out in its Hyde Park neighborhood. Residents enjoy many amenities, including a fitness center, podium-level terrace with a pool, and a rooftop deck with an outdoor fireplace and indoor fireplace lounge. SGH consulted on the design of the building’s glazing and wall systems for the tower and its five-story podium.

SGH assisted with the design for the window walls and metal panel 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, including the metal panel cladding at the floor levels, and with detailing around recessed balconies
  • Consulted on the design of the projecting metal panels, which are glazed into the window wall system, and evaluated the projections for wind loads and sliding snow/ice
  • 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 address field conditions
  • Observed water and air infiltration testing of the window to compare with the specified performance requirements

Project Summary



Completion Date


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

Key team members

Peter Babaian
Peter Babaian
Building Technology Division Head, Chicago
Emily OKeefe
Emily OKeefe
Senior Project Manger