Oso Apartments Combine Sustainability and Affordability in Albany Park

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By Maureen Wilkey

Tandem Ventures provided compliance consulting services for Evergreen Real Estate Group on the development and construction of Oso Apartments, a five-story, 48-unit affordable housing project in the Albany Park neighborhood. The apartments are named for the Spanish word for bear, illustrating the strength and resiliency of the diverse community surrounding the new building.

The one- and two- bedroom apartments were built with a climate-centered design and have lots of common area amenities including community rooms, a public courtyard, and an art mural wall. Each unit has yellow sunshades over its windows to reduce direct sunlight into the apartment.

The building team included CE Anderson & Associates, The Engineering Studio, Inc., McKay Landscape Architects, and Evergreen Construction Company. The building was awarded the AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, The ALA Design Excellence Award (Silver), and the Illinois Real Estate Journal Affordable Housing Project of the Year Award.

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