Rendering courtesy of FitGerald Associates Architects


Civil Engineering
Fire Protection


85,000 SF
1.05 Acres


FitzGerald Associates Architects


RTM provided MEP/FP and civil engineering design for the new five-story, 85,000-square-foot senior living center located at 3535 N. Ashland Avenue in Chicago. The new-construction facility features 96 memory care units and 40 assisted living units, resident common areas, dining rooms, a commercial kitchen, rehabilitation services area, health center, art studio, management offices, screened porch areas and two surface parking lots.

Civil Design Highlights
The first floor of the building will extend from the main building in order to create space for a courtyard on the rooftop that will contain site features accessible to the assisted living residences, pavers, site furnishings, landscape planters, and special site elements.

All pertinent site information and investigative reports were conducted and managed by RTM. These evaluations include site development; surveying; landscape development; storm water and storm sewer management, water, sewer, and utility design; erosion and sediment control. In addition, RTM provided MEP/FP design, construction documentation, general specifications, zoning and governmental land development submissions, and construction administration.

MEP Design Highlights
Design development included detailed energy studies to provide the architect with preliminary results and anticipated methods to satisfy envelope energy requirements. RTM worked closely with Fitzgerald Associates to coordinate building systems, finishes of all exposed fixtures, diffusers, and devices, as well as resolve routings and space conflicts to meet architectural requirements.

As construction progresses, RTM will provide certification and all required calculations to confirm the building meets IECC energy requirements.
Project highlights include variable refrigerant flow (VRF) mechanical systems, dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) units mounted on the roof, and a refrigerant leak detection system to provide valuable warning before refrigerant leaks impair system efficiency. In addition, RTM designed features beneficial for a senior healthcare facility including a wireless nurse call system to improve patient care and staff response time, card access and delayed egress systems at exits, as well as two-way video intercom systems to improve communication between resident rooms, caregivers and nurses.