Say Hello To E2

Drawing of E2.  Courtesy of FitzGerald Associates.

Drawing of E2. Courtesy of FitzGerald Associates.

It’s been about eight months since we showed you E2, the latest residential tower going up in downtown Evanston. It’s brought to you by Fifield Companies, the people behind K2 in Chicago.

Back in October it was the ceremonial groundbreaking for the FitzGerald Associates-designed project which consists of two mid-rise towers linked by a common podium with a total of 356 residences.

Check out the press release below the photos for more information.

Fifield Cos. Announces Topping-Off of E2 Apartments in Evanston
Construction moving swiftly on two-tower, 356-unit luxury apartment project

CHICAGO (June 27, 2014) – Co-developers Fifield Cos. and Carroll Properties have announced the topping-off of the 356-unit E2 luxury apartment project in Evanston, Ill.

“This winter proved to be a challenging environment for construction, but thanks to the dedicated and highly professional team at McHugh Construction, we hit this milestone on schedule and are ready to begin the interior build-out of E2,” said Randy Fifield, vice chair and principal at Chicago-based Fifield Cos. “When E2 is complete next year, it will usher in a new standard of luxury living in downtown Evanston and provide an amazing lifestyle for multi-generational residents in this unique and beautiful North Shore city.”

E2 broke ground in October of 2013, with occupancies scheduled for winter 2015. As the first rental high-rise constructed in downtown Evanston in more than a decade, the project has provided a significant economic boost for the area economy and created 500 construction jobs.

“Once we presented the vision for E2, the community and city officials really rallied around the project and embraced it as a significant investment toward the continued vitality of downtown Evanston,” said Steve Fifield, chairman and CEO of Fifield Cos. “With the help of our financial partners at Northwestern Mutual, we are very excited to be able to create so many jobs and know that we’ll be delivering a premier property that will benefit this community for years to come.”

Designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects, the development consists of two buildings at 1881 Oak Ave. and 1890 Maple Ave. in downtown Evanston. The property at 1881 Oak will be 16 stories and 1890 Maple will consist of 14 stories. The buildings will be connected by a four-story structure that will include three floors of parking and a fourth-floor amenity deck. The majority of the development will be luxury rentals, but the property will also offer 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 12 street-level, three-bedroom rental townhomes along Emerson Street. The three-story E2 townhomes range in size from 1,600 square feet to 1,750 square feet and have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a third-floor deck.

Apartment tower residences at E2 will range from 500 to 1,300 square feet and offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Amenities in both products will be top-flight in keeping with Fifield’s current luxury apartment developments in downtown Chicago. No other rental project in Evanston contains the complete package of amenities and finishes that E2 possesses. Units will come equipped with quartz countertops, plank floors, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, oversized windows and high-end lighting and plumbing fixtures. The residences at E2 will also be appealing to the high-tech crowd, as each unit will have a built-in Bluetooth audio system and electronic access control.

E2’s amenity deck will be open to all of its residents and will offer a full-size basketball court, yoga studio, state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge area, party room with demonstration kitchen, theater, business center with conference room, coffee bar, and an outdoor pool and spa with cabanas, a zen meditation garden and grills with sinks and dining areas. Biking enthusiasts will feel at home at E2 as well, with the development’s ample bicycle storage area and “bike kitchen,” which will offer residents space as well as supplies for quick repairs.

“The rental market continues to thrive because people have come to prefer the entire package that this lifestyle provides,” said Randy Fifield. “Renting eliminates all of the burdens that come with homeownership, but can still offer all of the amenities and luxury finishes that sophisticated residents seek. It’s become a much more convenient way to live.”

Public transportation offers residents convenient access to the City of Chicago, as the development is within a two-block walk to the Foster stop on the CTA’s Purple line and three blocks to the Davis Street station that services both Metra trains and the CTA’s Purple line.

Now that E2 has topped off, the development will enter its interior build-out construction phase. Evanston-based Morgante Wilson Architects is designing all interiors for E2, including three model units.

“In our pursuit of adding jobs to the local economy, we wanted to work with a North Shore designer on this project and were fortunate that one of the Chicago area’s most revered design firms was in E2’s backyard,” said Bob King. “Embracing the community and engaging local businesses is very important to us. Morgante Wilson has one of the best reputations in the region for residential architecture and design and we are excited to be working with them.”





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