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Heiwa Terrace

Heiwa Terrace

Rehabilitation of Affordable Senior Housing


Heiwa Terrace is a 13 story residential development in Chicago’s uptown neighborhood providing subsidized housing for seniors and disabled persons. Originally developed in 1978 by the Japanese American Service Committee Housing Corporation — a non-profit organization formed in the 1940s to assist Japanese immigrants and their families coming from internment camps. Led by the Heiwa Terrace housing board, the substantial rehabilitation included exterior improvements — new window wall system, doors, over-classing on the east and west elevations with a rainscreen system, roofing, garden pavers, and entry canopies at the front and sides — a reconfigured floor plan on the ground floor and within the units, new MEP systems, and contemporary finishes throughout. Previously 201 units, Heiwa Terrace was converted into 204 affordable and accessible units with floor-to-ceiling windows, and modernized bathrooms and kitchens. The ground floor was reconfigured to transform previously dark and segmented spaces to be more open, dynamic, and better suited for gathering with abundant natural light and easy to navigate circulation. The new layout also provides better access to the meticulously maintained Japanese garden that was once only accessible from a rear corridor. Now it connects directly from the gallery circulation, solarium, and fitness room to provide easy access and enhances views from inside the building. Sustainability goals were incorporated into the renovation by including a new roof and roof insulation, new energy efficient window systems, all LED light fixtures, EnergyStar appliances, and all low flow plumbing fixtures aiming for a reduction in energy and water consumption.


Heiwa Terrace Board

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2024: Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Second Place, CNDA

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