Steven Rezabek, AIA, Retires From Position as Partner After 37 Years at PH

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STEVEN REZABEK, AIA, RETIRES FROM POSITION AS PARTNER AFTER 37 YEARS AT PH


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great honor and pride that we announce the retirement of Steven Rezabek, AIA, from his position as Partner at Pappageorge Haymes Partners (PH) after an impressive 37 years with the firm and a remarkable 40-year career as an architect.

Steve has left an enduring mark on PH, having been an integral part of the firm's growth. His leadership is reflected in the transformation and revitalization of many urban neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country. From publicly funded in-fill housing to expansive high-rise and mixed-use planned developments, Steve has managed a diverse range of projects. He has also been a driving force behind affordable housing, taking on the majority of such initiatives since PH’s early involvement in the project type. Steve’s contributions have been vital to PH's success, leading to the recognition of several award-winning projects, including Embassy Club, Buckhead Atlanta, Oakley Square Apartments, Rainbow Village, and Emerson Square, among others.

Rooted in his early education in environmental studies, Steve has developed a distinctive approach to residential architecture. His designs revolve around prioritizing human experience and well-being while simultaneously considering the broader impact of buildings within urban and suburban contexts. Steve’s legacy is one of sensible and appropriate architecture that aligns with the needs of residents, developers’ visions, and environmental responsibility. His expertise and dedication to high-performance design have led to the successful realization of numerous projects and enduring partnerships with clients.

Beyond his architectural contributions, Steve has served the firm in matters of finances and as the head of human resources. Through his leadership, he has helped steer the firm’s financial and administrative operations, maintain staff levels, and monitor fiscal and contractual performance. In recent years, he played a crucial role in navigating the firm toward an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and fostering an environment for emerging professionals to gain meaningful experience. As a mentor, Steve has empowered a new generation of architects to achieve new heights and advance their careers.

As Steve bids farewell, he leaves behind not only a legacy of achievements but a lasting imprint that will continue to shape PH's future endeavors. We are grateful for the privilege of working with and getting to know Steve throughout the years. His unwavering presence and dry humor will be dearly missed. We extend our heartfelt congratulations as Steve embarks on his retirement, where he plans to tackle long-postponed home improvement projects. Please join us in celebrating Steven Rezabek’s career and well-deserved retirement!

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2023 Year in Review

2023 YEAR IN REVIEW


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Looking Ahead to 2024


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PHamily Highlights!


2023 Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2023 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


It’s our much-anticipated Annual PH Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Eight teams submitted their inspiring pumpkin entries this year as well as a special pumpkin entry from our Austin, Texas Office.

Our 2023 first-place winners are David Mata and his girlfriend, who delivered an impressive performance with their pumpkin carving skills! A very close second place goes to the talented Parham Nourikoupaei and Scott Schultz. Last but not least, our third-place honors go to Olivia Cox and Luke Marczewski!

Congrats to the winners, and thank you to all the participants for making this event memorable! Keep scrolling to see all of our creations below!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner

Team Members: David Mata and his girlfriend, Samantha Blanc!


2nd Place Winner

Team Members: Parham Nourikoupaei, Scott Schultz


3rd Place Winner

Team Members: Olivia Cox, Luke Marczewski


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

Team Members: Greg Klosowski, Chris Woodfin

Team Member: Kathryn Katz

Team Members: Cesar Chavez, Shahryar Beyzavi

Team Members: Mike Henning, Ethan Tsai

Team Member: Elliot Schwarz, Justin Palmer, Kathryn Katz


Special Entry from the Austin, Texas Office!

Presenting "Sheriff Pumpkin" from Texas!

Team Members: Peter Evanich, Sofia Ramos

Schools to Residential: Motley School Apartments

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SCHOOLS TO RESIDENTIAL: MOTLEY SCHOOL APARTMENTS


HISTORIC LANDMARK

Built in 1884 for the Chicago Board of Education, the Motley School is a historic four-story brick and wood building whose former classrooms, offices, and gymnasium have been converted to 34 residential apartments. Originally designed by architect John Flanders, the school’s ornate masonry facade, metal cornice, wood floors, millwork cabinets, chalkboards, and trimwork have been meticulously repaired and refinished. Together with the high ceilings and oversized windows, these fully renovated apartments retain the vintage schoolhouse charm while providing energy efficiency, security, and comforts of a state-of-the-art apartment. A dramatic skyline roof deck, private outdoor yards, independently controlled HVAC, available indoor parking, accessory storage, package valet, and pet-friendly apartments are among the available amenities of the Motley School Apartments.


CHALLENGES

In 2013, the City of Chicago sold to the highest bidder the closed Motley School after hosting a community review process to determine an acceptable new use. A multi-family use coupled to historic preservation of the building generates substantial income for the City in the form of purchase price, jobs to minority and Chicago resident workers and suppliers, contributes to the City’s Open Space fund for public parks and provides ongoing tax revenue. Rejuvenation of a neighborhood icon, landscaping of the street and returning of an abandoned building to productive use are among the many benefits to the public.


EXEMPLARY PRESERVATION

The project salvaged and reused a substantial amount of the building components and historic fabric in order to maintain its original identity. The development team salvaged cabinets, doors, slate chalkboards, principals office files, windows and even the maintenance shop’s original maple workbench. Re-purposed discarded elements from other period schools was sought incorporated for period authenticity and material matches.

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Schools to Residential: Peabody School Apartments

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SCHOOL TO RESIDENTIAL: PEABODY SCHOOL APARTMENTS


HISTORIC LANDMARK

The Elizabeth Peabody Public School was designed by the Chicago Board of Education architect W. August Fiedler and constructed in 1894. The 15-room, three-story building raised over a basement stands out for its intricate details utilizing stone, brick, terra cotta, and decorative metal in the Romanesque Revival / Classical Revival style and is a noteworthy example of Chicago’s public school architecture in the late 1800s.


EXEMPLARY PRESERVATION

Following the closure of several Chicago Public Schools in 2013, Peabody School was sold through a public auction with a redevelopment plan to transform the historic structure into 23 apartments with a rooftop deck. The renovation encompassed the preservation and repair of the building’s facade, cornice, interior trim, and built-ins, including the refurbishment of various school furniture, chalkboards, and cabinets. Apartments are enhanced with a multitude of recycled materials sourced from the school to retain the historic character of the original use. Infrastructure modernization included the complete replacement of the mechanical systems and components to ensure energy efficiency. Additionally, a new deck was added at the roof level to be used as an amenity space for the residents. The existing stairs were repaired and extended to reach the roof, and a new elevator was installed to provide access to all levels of the building.

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80 Rainey Project Progress

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PROJECT PROGRESS AT PASEO: A 48-STORY MIXED-USE RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN AUSTIN, TEXAS


The Paseo at 80 Rainey is designed with Austin's Rainey Street neighborhood character in mind, known for its bars, eateries, and nightlife. The project reimagines an infill site along Rainey Street, previously used as a food truck lot, into a high-rise mixed-use tower designed in such a way as to invite and engage the public. Ground-floor retail and alcoves planned into the building’s street frontage create social space and allow for a sidewalk cafe culture. Two historic bungalows are preserved and incorporated into the site plan with a landscaped walkway that acts as a connection point for pedestrians to safely traverse from Rainey Street to the riverfront trails and park to the west.

A contextual planning approach, and a sensitive yet bold architectural vocabulary, shape this project into the heart of Austin's growing community. Masonry brickwork encapsulating the building podium engages local masons to further connect the building to its setting and reaffirm its sense of place in the neighborhood. The residential tower above the garage podium extends the project’s themes with mixed aesthetics that echo the dynamic collection of commercial activities on Rainey Street. Residential amenity levels atop the podium are arranged in staggered tiers that seem to organically erode into the building mass.

 

Project Team: David A. HaymesJeff Renterghem, Greg Klosowski (PM), Javier Ortiz, Sofia Ramos, Michael Henning, Peter Evanich

 


September 2023 - Building podium starts to fill out at Paseo!


February 2023 - Groundbreaking Event

The much-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for Paseo, a 48-story mixed-use tower rising over Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, took place on February 28th. LV Collective, the developer of this exciting project, is bringing 557 apartments and two levels of retail to the popular Austin neighborhood. The project also includes an above-ground parking garage, an impressive 34,000 sq ft of building amenities, and the preservation of two existing bungalows on the site. The event was a festive occasion with live music and barbecue that bespeaks the vibrant culture of the Rainey district.

The project was carefully thought out to complement and enrich the neighborhood's character while providing a new residential and social hub for the community. The building’s overall design emphasizes vibrance and openness throughout. Renderings show a dynamic ground floor façade with lush landscaping that beckons passersby into the space while maintaining energy along the street. Tenants enter the building along Rainey Street through an inviting lobby, which serves as the first glimpse into the building's remarkable living experience.

Above, the parking garage boasts a sleek and minimal appearance with a plant-lined masonry facade. The residential tower features patterned glass and protruding balconies that echo the dynamic atmosphere of Rainey Street. A series of staggered setbacks atop the parking podium open up to an amenity deck that offers more vertical clear space and incredible panoramic views of the city and Lady Bird Lake.

The Paseo is set to complete in 2025.


January 2023 - Construction Commences at Paseo on Rainey Street


November 2021 - Design Coordination at PH with Landscape Architect, TBG Partners!

 


2021 - Project Reveal

Project Goals

- Adhere to the current Rainey district feel and story by providing community spaces for pedestrians
- Provide 10% on-site affordable housing
- Preserve two existing bungalow homes and incorporate them into the new site plan
- Activate the entire Rainey Street frontage
- Connect Rainey Street to the Alley and be a catalyst for future connection of Rainey district to the riverfront trails and the future expansion of the Mexican American cultural center
- Reduce vehicle traffic loads on Rainey Street by moving vehicular access, loading, and pick-up away from the street
- Preserve most of the existing trees on site
- Improve pedestrian experience by providing additional shading, planting oversized trees in front of the property

 

City Context

Austin’s Rainey District is defined by a series of bungalows that have been converted into restaurants and bars over time. The street as a result has become a dynamic nightlife hotspot for dining and entertainment. Rainey Street has recently started attracting urban dwellers due to its proximity to the city center as well as the Colorado River and the riverfront green space.

City Context Map by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Building Context Diagram

 

Existing Site Conditions

The site currently operates as a food truck lot and is occupied by two bungalows which currently operate as bars.

Existing Site Conditions by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Site Plan

Facing the street will be various retail and restaurants while the preserved bungalows will provide additional use as commercial space. Between the main building and the bungalows will be a landscaped garden and walkway connecting Rainey Street to the riverfront park and trails.

Site Plan by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

 

Human Experience Vignette - Public Realm

Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners
Rendering by Landscape Architect, TBG Partners

1203 North California Project Progress

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1203 NORTH CALIFORNIA PROJECT PROGRESS


A new 9-story residential building is under development at the vacant corner of California Ave & Division Street in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The site anchors the western gateway to the Paseo Boricua, the vibrant art district and commercial corridor extending to Western Avenue. Hispanic Housing Development Corp. is leading the project to construct 64 apartments targeted to families in the community who seek affordable alternatives to relocating out of the area. The program also includes a large multi-story mural by local artist Antonio Beniquez celebrating Humboldt Park’s multicultural heritage, ground-floor retail, indoor parking spaces, a multi-purpose outdoor recreation terrace, and space for sidewalk markets and cafes. Occupancy is scheduled for 2023.

Project Team: Ken DeMuth (PM), Justin Palmer


September, 2023 - PHamily Project Tour!

The PH team took tour of the currently under construction 1203 N. California project.

The 9-story affordable housing development by Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, located across the street from the historic Humboldt Park, boasts sweeping views of the surrounding neighborhood. As a corner building at the crossroads of two bustling streets, the building holds a prominent presence in the community. Its distinctive rounded corner and ground-level retail spaces help to further activate the streetscape.

In case you missed it, check out the Chicago YIMBY article about the dedication ceremony from earlier this month!


June, 2023 - Construction Progress

1203 N. California has topped out at its full building height of 9 stories. Exterior and interior framing work can also be seen starting on the lower levels. With this significant milestone achieved, the project is one step closer to its vision of becoming a transformative space that combines familiar architecture with vibrant retail and public engagement spaces.


January, 2023 - Construction Started

Construction has begun for 1203 North California after receiving a new building construction permit in December, 2022. The building faces the southeast corner of Humboldt Park and sits at the western edge of Paseo Boricua in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. It will contain 64 apartments for low- and moderate-income families in need of affordable housing.

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation is the visionary behind this transformative new development, which addresses the growing need for affordable housing in the neighborhood. The building will offer units with one, two and three bedrooms to accommodate families of different sizes, as well as shared community spaces, ground-floor retail, and easy access to public transportation.

We are thrilled to bring this project to life and appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important affordable housing initiative.


December 17, 2021 - Design Reveal

Context:
The building replaces a vacant lot located at California and Divison St. along the west end of the Paseo Boricua, whose transition location between a park, residential district, and thriving commercial corridor is ideally suited to encourage a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle that supports aging in place and handicapped individuals. Within walking distance are grocery stores, banking, a hospital, a public park, and other commercial goods and services. The added population of the boiling will serve to bolster existing businesses while invigorating pedestrian activity for a more vibrant and secure community.


 

Site Design:
The building responds to the distinguishing characteristics of its corner site. Division St. is an active commercial corridor and is fronted with a facade of traditional masonry materials articulated by entrances and storefronts. The wide walkways will accommodate outdoor market and cafe uses for ground-level tenants to engage with the passersby. The corner space is designed as a meeting room suited to public and private uses intended to facilitate the building's role as community-oriented. The residential entry at California is given room for visual and spatially identity, recessed and marked with graphics and an illuminated entry cover. The existing bus shelter on California Ave maintains its place free from competing entries and displays with a visual connection to the Lobby for user convenience. Service functions and parking are relegated to the rear freeing the street fronts of four curb cuts.

 

Public Realm:
The building contributes to the public realm by 'completing the street' and turning the corner to provide a commercial facade extension to California Ave. The art and cultural expressions of the paseo will be celebrated through a commissioned multi-story, multi-facade mural installation applied to the north side and extending to the west.

 

The Mural:
Antonio Beniquez, a long-time Humboldt Park area resident, is the original artist responsible for the famed "Humboldt" mural on the building wall facing the project site. The giant mural was a tribute to the neighborhood where he grew up attending the annual Puerto Rican parade on the Paseo Boricua. Antonio will once again be responsible for a new mural on the exposed north side of the building's wall, which will be highly visible driving south on N. California Ave and from Humboldt Park.

 

Massing:
The building utilizes a mass that anchors the corner, with frontages oriented to the park and the east skyline for best views and light. It also results in a 2nd-floor open terrace space fronting on Division St that is both semi-protected and well illuminated by the sun. The building is organized around a traditional base, middle and top format to provide a readily understood compositional theme that transitions stylistic conventions that are sensibly digestible in an architectural way.

 

Facade:
The facade incorporates masonry trim and face brick materials at ground level that are in harmony with vintage facades and scale of Division St. As the structure moves to the corner and rises, the articulation becomes modular and repetitive with contemporary phenolic rain screen panels, tinted glass, and painted aluminum. The building's corner is anchored with a vertical glazed shaft which serves to bookend the western terminus of the commercial paseo.

 

Construction:
The project will utilize a poured in place, post-tension concrete structure supported by drilled caissons. The building skin is an insulated metal stud assembly faced with rain screen ventilated cavity assemblies of brick veneer, stone panels, and high-pressure pressed phenolic panels with integral colors or graphics. The roof and terrace utilize pedestal-supported precast architectural pavers with a modular vegetated extensive green roof system over an insulated membrane.

 

Sustainability:
The project will achieve a 100pt score following the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy designed to meet Energy Star; exceeding the Chicago Energy Code by 10%; providing a Green Roof; reducing indoor water usage by 25%; providing proximity to qualified transit services; providing EV vehicle charging ready facilities; and providing CTA digital display. Many other features that are best practices in resource-efficient construction are incorporated for a durable building that will continue to be owned and managed by the developer.

Sofia Ramos Joins PH’s Austin Office in Texas

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SOFIA RAMOS HEADS TO AUSTIN, TEXAS!


Sofia Ramos has relocated to Austin, Texas, to join PH's Austin Office. Having been an integral member of the Paseo (80 Rainey) project team since its inception, Sofia will now provide on-site support for the project as it undergoes construction. She will be collaborating with Peter Evanich, the current Austin Office Manager, in driving business development activities in the region, while also taking on a supportive role in all ongoing projects across Texas. We are thrilled about her new journey in the Lone Star State and extend our best wishes for her success in her new role!

2023 PH Chili Cook Off: The Winning Chili Recipe

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2023 PH CHILI COOK OFF: THE WINNING RECIPE


We had another epic cook-off for the best chili this year! Out of the eight inspiring chilis entered in the competition, Justin Palmer took home the winning apron! Below is Justin's amazing Chili recipe for you to try at home!

Ingredients:
1 lb Ground turkey
3/4 lb Chorizo (preferably loose, not sausage)
1 16 oz Can diced tomatoes
1 Can red kidney beans or black beans
1 Can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 Yellow onion, diced
1 Pepper, chopped (yellow or red)
1 Cup sweet corn
4 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chili Powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tsp red pepper flakes
Cornstarch for thickening (if desired)
Shredded cheddar
Fritos

Directions:
Cook Chorizo in skillet and break apart, 3-5 min.
Add ground turkey and cook until browned.
Add onion, garlic, and pepper, cook for 1-2 min.
Add Chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes, stir to mix in then throw everything into a crock pot.
Add diced tomatoes, beans, chipotle peppers (as many as you want, more is hotter), and sweet corn to crock pot.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 3 hours.
Serve with shredded cheddar and Fritos.