POAH's Chicago senior building, The Burnham at Woodlawn Park, has won an" all-precast concrete design" award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
"One of this year’s all-precast concrete design award winners does more than provide a new building for the community," said the Institute's announcement. "The Burnham at Woodlawn Park in Chicago, Ill., led by the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), replaces an obsolete and distressed public housing project, with a beautiful, vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-income senior living center, that is breathing new life into a struggling neighborhood." The building won for the following characteristics:
- Employs an all-precast concrete design to provide a cost-effective, durable structure that breathes new life into the neighborhood.
- Contrasting shades of white, gray brick, and orange minimize scale while connecting the building to the surrounding gardens.
- Inherent fire-resistant qualities of precast concrete are critical for the structure’s senior residents.