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Looking out from the 41st floor Amenity Level and Pool deck of the MILA apartment building, feels like you're surfing the skyline of Chicago. Named for its location at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, MILA represents the increasing popularity of the "Millennium Mile" which is full of museums and open space.
MILA sits prominently beside the historic Carbide and Carbon Building on a very tight site. With an east-west orientation and narrow face addressing Michigan Avenue, the new tower – the first skyscraper to go up on Michigan Avenue in five years - complements its Art Deco predecessor and encourages a dialogue between the buildings while permitting enough space for each to establish its distinct presence. The site was previously home to a 50%-occupied, six-story office building. Understanding the growing demand for urban living, the John Buck Company was able to create a project that provides all the amenities of luxury apartments, with easy access to the amenities of the Loop. The 402 rental units share more than 30,000 square feet of amenities, including a bocce ball court, urban garden, rooftop swimming pool, sun deck, multiple lounges and a fitness center, to name a few. Tucked beneath the base is a 125-space parking garage. MILA is also home to two levels of retail space.
MILA achieved LEED Gold certification thanks to its eco-friendly approach, including sourcing 30% of materials from within 500 miles of the project site, diverting 94% of construction waste, dedicating 5% of parking for fuel efficient vehicles, reducing the building’s water usage by 35%, a vegetative roof and ensuring 35% of the building’s power for the next 2 years will come from green energy. Additionally, the property is located within easy walking distance of multiple public transit options, including the El and Metra.
Pepper’s preconstruction services were key in creating a construction plan that matched the accelerated timeline for the project. The additional time spent in the planning phase allowed for the most efficient construction without compromising on quality.
This project is part of a larger development boom that plans to draw more people to downtown Chicago by creating additional residential spaces in the area. Including 200 N. Michigan, more than 6,000 apartment units were added to the market in 2015 and 2016.
With extensive portfolio of high-rise experience throughout the country, Pepper is proud to have MILA as our first high-rise residence in Chicago. Having constructed so many of Chicago’s iconic buildings, we’re honored to keep building our city in new ways.
Pepper’s preconstruction expertise gives us the data and insights we need to manage risk wisely. With any project, we are looking for the right balance — the path that provides the best quality, in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money. Preconstruction planning is the key to finding that path, and it’s a real strength for Pepper.