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Latest blog post Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Chicago developers are constructing bigger wood residential buildings due to changes in the code
by Steven Vance

Rendering of a wood frame 4-flat (two duplex units side by side) that was permitted in two locations in Woodlawn in February (PMPC Architects)

Nearly two years ago I co-wrote a blog post exclaiming one of the significant features of Chicago’s new building code: bigger wood frame buildings. This doesn’t mean that developers in Chicago can start erecting the kind of 50 to 150-unit “stick built” apartment complexes popular in California, Nevada, and Utah (see this new construction in Salt Lake City).

But it does mean...

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