LINEA Apartments – 215 West Lake

Chicago, IL, USA

The LINEA Apartments at 215 West Lake are a new 366,000ftdevelopment in downtown Chicago that offers the latest in luxury city living. Behind the bold architecture, 265 loft-style apartments are located over 29 floors, while another 4 floors are dedicated to amenities, retail space, and a rooftop pool.


The main challenge facing the Buro Happold team on this project was the fast-paced design and construction schedule. Extra pressure came in meeting our client’s aim for the development to achieve LEED Silver accreditation, or higher.


We worked closely with the wider team to develop an integrative approach to the design process. This ensured we were able to keep the client’s environmentalsustainability and performance goals at the forefront of our decision-making at every stage from preliminary design to building operations.

To keep costs down, the MEP was delivered using a design and build method. Our engineers provided input throughout the development of the design, which ensured we were able to integrate the features required to achieve our client’s LEED goals while balancing budget constraints.

In addition, we undertook extensive energy modeling work early on in the design process to ensure the building was as energy efficient as possible. This also enabled us to look at the value engineering process holistically.

Our engineers worked closely with the client, architect and wider project team to deliver this LEED Gold building within tight time and budget constraints. Image: Scott McDonald


By advocating an integrated approach to the design of this building and collaborating fully with the wider project team, we were able to develop plans that allowed for a fast-paced design and construction process without sacrificing our client’s sustainability goals.

As a result, we delivered a landmark building that achieved LEED Gold accreditation, in accordance with the tight time schedule and budget.

LINEA Apartments – 215 West Lake
Interior render of an LINEA Apartments – 215 West Lake. Image: Scott McDonald

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