McHugh Building EnV Apartment Tower in River North

CHICAGO, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ — James McHugh Construction Co. has begun
construction of EnV, a 29-story luxury apartment tower at 161 W. Kinzie St. in
Chicago’sRiver North neighborhood, McHugh officials announced.

San Antonio, Texas-based developer Lynd Development Partners is making its
first move into the Chicago market with the 249-unit tower, designed by
Chicago architects Valerio Dewalt Train. Completion is slated for early 2010.

EnV will be one of the city’s first LEED certified rental buildings,
featuring environmentally sensitive design and construction. Green features
will include high efficiency mechanical systems, a green roof, carpeting made
with recycled fibers; low VOC paint, and recycled building materials.

The building will offer unusual design elements, including exposed
structural columns and cantilevered balconies that extend out from the
building at its corners with full-height glass on three sides. EnV’s window
wall exterior will feature an entirely smooth surface. McHugh will install
eight types of glass, including 1-1/4-inch-thick glass along the El tracks to
block noise.

Building amenities will include a rooftop deck and pool, dog run, fire
pit, full kitchen and wine storage lockers. High-tech features will include an
automated, 24-hour convenience store, virtual concierge, and V-Connect, which
allows residents to integrate security and other preferences via iPods or
iPhones. Inside, units will feature granite counters, stainless steel
appliances, hardwood floors and European-style cabinets.

The first three floors of the building will hold 27,000 square feet of
retail space and a 129-space parking garage.

The 300,000-square-foot building will be constructed of post-tensioned
concrete, a departure from cast-in-place concrete construction typical of most
apartment towers. By using post-tensioned concrete, the design team eliminated
the need for columns around the exterior and reduced the number of structural
columns necessary.

McHugh’s experience with congested city sites will be vital, said McHugh
Project Manager Dave Riordan, with Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line El
tracks only eight feet from the property line. A busy El stop and the
Merchandise Mart, one of Chicago’s largest buildings, also adjoin the site,
making logistics and access a key issue.

Founded in 1897, McHugh is one of Chicago’s oldest and largest general
contracting, construction management and consulting firms. More information is
available at



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