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Wentworth Commons, Mercy Housing Lakefront
Chicago, IL
Wentworth Commons
An energy producer that
supports productive lives.
Raising design—and living—standards for affordable housing.
(Un)common.
Wentworth Commons didn’t just advance affordable housing—it redefined the market entirely.

The first LEED-certified multi-unit residential building in the Midwest, the brightly colored, 51-one unit structure is a celebration of innovative, sustainable design, housing equity and positive social impact.

Since its opening, Wentworth Commons has raised—and answered—critical questions about what affordable housing can and should be: what it looks like. How it functions. And how its transformative impact might be deepened and replicated.
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One of our primary success metrics is that you can’t tell it’s affordable housing. It’s just good housing. That’s all that matters.”
Susan King
Principal and Studio Leader
HED
Project Data
Wentworth Commons 2005-21088-000
Mercy Housing Lakefront
Chicago, IL
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
65,835
CONSTRUCTION COST
$10.1 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified
YEAR COMPLETED
2006
Project Team
  • Susan King
    FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Sector + Sustainability Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
Raising design—and living—standards for affordable housing.
Wentworth Commons, Mercy Housing Lakefront
Chicago, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
An energy producer that
supports productive lives.