Construction of a 101-unit senior housing facility, the Salud Center has been completed on 3039 East 91st Street, South Chicago. The 140,000 senior housing complex was completed by Skender who served as the general contractor of the facility which aims to provide affordable housing for low-income seniors and is operated by the Claretian Associates and the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH). Claretian Associates is a nonprofit community services provider and housing developer that is based in South Chicago. POAH and Skender coordinated the temporary relocation of the families and seniors living in the building while individual units were renovated.
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Since the Chicago Salud Center project was under-occupied rehabilitation construction, it required cautious construction logistics and sequencing to ensure safe, smooth delivery and minimal interference with residents’ lives. Working in five-day construction cycles, the company turned around six units per week at Salud Center. They included new lighting, flooring, and plumbing trim in the units’ kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, they also renovated the common areas; including a multipurpose room/cafeteria, a fitness center, restrooms, and office space for Claretian Associates, which will run some of its operations out of the building. The contractor also completed a full upgrade of the boiler room equipment, replacement of the façade exterior insulation finishing system, and a new thermoplastic polyolefin roof.
Skender collaborated with developers and co-owners Claretian Associates and POAH. They also worked with Canopy Architecture & Design (residential) and architects Architrave, Ltd. (commercial and office) on this project. Over the past 10 years, the contracting service company has completed nearly 2,000 units of occupied rehab projects for several clients, including POAH, Vitus Group, Preservation Partners, and Catholic Charities.