Sterling Bay wants to be the biggest with its proposed project at 2100 N. Southport Ave, designed by Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. The developer, who still needs city council approval for the building, aims to break ground early next year.
“More than 150 years after the Great Chicago Fire, and with the help of incredible technology, Sterling Bay is reintroducing Chicago to large-scale wood construction, setting a new standard for our city’s future development,” said the Sterling Bay CEO Andy Gloor. in a report. “Log buildings are safe, durable, and beautiful, and we’re thrilled to lead the Chicago real estate community in working with this innovative building material at 2100 N. Southport.”
Developers have proposed and constructed log buildings across the country: As of June, 1,502 log projects were under construction or in the design phase in all 50 states, according to WoodWorks, an industry group. This includes one over the road in Milwaukee, rising 25 stories and 284 feet, the tallest mass timber project in the world to date.
In Illinois, Houston-based Hines has proposed wood-frame office buildings on Goose Island in Chicago and Oak Brook, but the developer has yet to innovate on either project. Chicago-based Perkins & Will also released a concept plan for an 80-story wooden tower on the South Fork of the Chicago River, but there are no plans to build it.
Hartshorne Plunkard also designed a smaller log structure that was built in the Fulton Market District – a five-story, 42,000-square-foot office building at 1040 W. Fulton – but the Sterling Bay building would have four stories of more.
The Chicago Tribune earlier reported plans for 2100 N. Southport.