Chicago Heights Veterans Home

  • Chicago Heights Veterans Home


Client: Housing Authority of Cook County

Location: Chicago Heights, IL


The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) has identified a multi-year Capital Improvement Program which includes projects at all its various properties, including family housing, senior housing, scattered site housing and specialty, non-housing. To assist the HACC in the design and construction of projects identified in the Capital Improvement Program, the HACC solicited professional design firms to provide architectural and civil design Services on a Task Order basis.

Chicago Heights Veterans Home is a planned four-story apartment facility that will include 82 units for veterans and their families. It will be constructed on a vacant lot that once served as parking for a now-defunct Franciscan Hospital on the northwest corner of Otto Blvd. and E. 15th Street. The new apartment complex will be near a new Town Square that will include a plaza space for public events and gatherings.

The work for this project included:

  • Site: Stormwater detention capacity, earthwork, drainage, landscaping, asphalt parking lot pavement, concrete sidewalk pavement and fencing
  • Building Program: Construction of entire apartment complex and finish interior spaces and MEP/FP/IT Systems to improve building operations, purpose, and amenities.

Services Provided

d’Escoto is providing Civil Engineering Services for the Chicago Heights Veterans Apartment. Detailed calculations for ADA ramps were made to ensure it meets applicable standards. d’Escoto is also providing utility plans to provide water and sewer connection to the building. Storm O&M plans were created to help with the regular and annual maintenance.

As part of the design process, an MWRD drainage permit is needed.  All calculations and forms required to obtain this were provided.  Due to the footprint, underground detention is required, however, d’Escoto was able to utilize various BMPs to minimize the amount of storage needed.

d’Escoto also assisting with the assembly and writing of the special provisions, using their experience from previous jobs. In addition, d’Escoto is providing the cost estimate for the entire project.