E2 Gets Award for Design in Evanston

E2 image courtesy of Fifield Companies and Carroll Properties

E2 image courtesy of Fifield Companies and Carroll Properties

My, how time flies.  It seems like just yesterday we were wolfing down free food truck grub at the groundbreaking for E2, the new apartment complex in Evanston, and now it’s all grown up and winning awards.

E2, you may remember is the two-tower 356-unit apartment building that FitzGerald Associates put together for Fifield.  You can read the full press release below.


E2 Luxury Apartment Tower Wins 2015 Design Evanston Award for Significant Contribution in New Construction

CHICAGO — Co-developers, Fifield Cos. and Carroll Properties, along with architect FitzGerald Associates and general contractor McHugh Construction, have been recognized by Design Evanston, a non-profit design advocacy group, as a 2015 award winner in the category of Significant Contribution in New Construction for their work on E2, a 356-unit luxury apartment project in downtown Evanston, Ill. that opened this spring.

“To be recognized with this award is truly an honor,” said Randy Fifield, vice chairman of Fifield Cos. “E2 was designed with the Evanston community in mind. It was always our goal to give local residents the best of what a sophisticated urban rental lifestyle has to offer, while also contributing to the Evanston community as a whole. We didn’t want to just provide local residents with a first-of-its-kind luxury rental property, but also give local business owners and artists a true live-work-play community where they can oversee their business operations from the comfort of their own homes at E2, as well as have direct access to their clientele base.”

Designed to LEED Silver standards, E2 consists of two buildings, a 16-story tower at 1881 Oak Ave. and a 14-story tower at 1890 Maple Ave. The buildings are connected by a four-story structure with three floors of parking and an amenity deck. At the base of E2 is 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. In addition to its tower residences, E2 also has 12 rental townhomes with private entrances along Emerson Street.

“This building enlivens the streetscape and illuminates this important gateway to downtown Evanston. Townhouses at street level are a key element in creating a livable and residential street as opposed to a ‘building-as-wall’,” said members of the Design Evanston jury, which selects the Significant Contribution award recipients based on design projects that help to make Evanston a better place through attentive design, thoughtful planning or encouragement of certain practices that the jury believes are beneficial to Evanston.

The non-profit advocacy group is comprised of architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, and graphic and interior designers, and seeks to recognize, encourage and facilitate the achievement of good design in the Evanston community. Design Evanston Awards are based on a high quality of design, and a strong commitment to a better-than-average, high-quality project that improves the neighborhood.

“Design and community are always two of the most important components of our projects, so for E2 to be recognized by Design Evanston for its contribution to the Evanston community is extremely fulfilling,” said Fifield. “With each of our projects, and E2 is no exception, we partner with the best teams who can ensure the personalities of our buildings represent the personalities of our residents and the community as a whole.”

To celebrate the grand opening of E2 this spring, Fifield Cos. and Carroll Properties hosted a Designer Showcase, featuring nine decorated model apartments from local designers. Created as a community event and open to the public, the three-night event drew 700 attendees and also featured Evanston fashion store Chalk Boutique displaying a sample of its apparel, along with the work of several local Evanston artists.

“As an Evanston native myself, E2 is near and dear to my heart,” said Fifield, who is also a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston. “The residents of Evanston are an eclectic mix, from students and young professionals to baby boomers and downsizers, so it was important that designers in the showcase reflect the variety of our tenant-base.”

E2 apartment tower residences range from 500 to 1,400 square feet and offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The 12 rental townhomes range from 1,750 to 1,875 square feet and feature three bedrooms, 2½ baths and a third-floor deck. The townhomes also have full access to building amenities at E2.

Units feature quartz countertops, plank floors, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, oversized windows and high-end lighting and Grohe plumbing fixtures. The residences also appeal to the high-tech crowd, as each unit has a built-in wireless audio system with in-wall speakers and electronic access control.

Designed with the latest amenities, E2 features an impressive fourth-floor amenity deck, which includes a full-size basketball court, 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, grills with sinks and dining areas.

Location: 1890 Maple Avenue, Evanston

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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