Concrete and rebar construction is sprouting up quickly for a new parking and retail structure located at 1371 W Randolph Street. The seven-story project will be part of the Plumbers Local 130 Campus, and is being developed by the union alongside the Chicago Title & Trust Company. In total, the campus addition will house 502 parking spaces and room for 36 bikes. Meanwhile, commercial portion will stretch along Randolph and will come with double-height ceilings. Plans also call for a terrace on the third floor.
OKW Architects is behind the design, whose outer shell will be made up of perforated metal paneling, fiber cement, and face brick. Planters will be installed along the frontage, while prominent signage for the union will be displayed on one of the west-facing walls.
Beyond the parking and bike storage, those looking to get to and from the campus will find additional public transit options in the area. Bus Route 20 can be found within a four-minute walk south at Madison & Loomis, while Routes 9 and X9 stop at Ashland & Lake via a seven-minute walk northwest. CTA L service can also be found for the Green and Pink Lines, with Ashland station also a seven-minute walk west.
Since the last update on the project, demolition has also begun on an adjacent building , which will be eventually be replaced by another addition to the campus. While exact details for this next phase have not been revealed, that parcel will be occupied by a grass plot between construction projects.
W.E. O’Neil Construction is serving as general contractor for the $25 million. The precise timeline is not known for either the parking/retail structure or the second planned addition.