Photo by Darris Lee Harris


30 East Balbo Drive

Chicago, IL

Market: Mixed-Use


Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates


30 East Balbo Drive

Photo by Darris Lee Harris

30 East Balbo Drive

Photo by Darris Lee Harris

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.

Scope | Solutions

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

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