Current Projects

Current Projects

New Construction Chicago Area

Current Projects

When it comes to new construction or renovation projects, Chicago metro area companies and developers know what to look for and will definitely find it in a building by Joseph J. Duffy Company.

Although our office is based in the city, it is easy to spot our company’s quality construction all over the Midwest region. We include projects in a variety of suburbs, from northern, western, southern, and reaching into NW Indiana.

In the metro area new construction projects are easy to find, but the quality, experience and honesty provided by Joseph J. Duffy Company is what makes our work stand out. Look below for examples of projects that are currently in the works, and learn what our new construction in Chicago and the surrounding Northern Illinois area is all about.

The 801 Apartments

Client: The Community Builders, Inc.

Joseph J. Duffy Co. began construction on a new multifamily housing project in Oak Park, IL as General Contractor.  The new, four-story mixed-use development by The Community Builders, Inc. of Boston, Mass. features a total of 37 affordable housing units, along with commercial space. The “801” apartments are conveniently located near the Eisenhower Expressway, the Oak Park Blue Line CTA stop and local public transportation.

Duffy provided early preliminary budgets, was selected low bidder, and worked with the Owner and Architects to identify cost savings to keep the project on budget. When completed, two live/work studios, three studios, thirty one-bedroom and two two-bedroom units will be available. Cutting commute times to only seconds, a live-work unit is a space that combines your workspace with living quarters. The ground floor also contains 900 square feet of commercial space plus bicycle storage

The construction phase for the “801” apartments, designed by DesignBridge Ltd., is underway.  A brick veneer and cement board siding exterior cladding system will cover a structural steel/light-gauge steel/wood-framed building.  The design incorporates numerous energy savings design features.  The development includes an on-site 28-space paved parking area, part of which is covered, a fourth floor outdoor terrace and multipurpose room.

1212 Larkin

Client: Full Circle Communities, Inc.

The award-winning Chicago-based non-profit developer Full Circle Communities chose Joseph J. Duffy Co. as general contractor to renovate the 3.4-acre historic Larkin Center site in Elgin, Illinois, which will create permanent, supportive, affordable housing for almost 100 men, women, children, and people with disabilities.

The project, which started September 2019, adds 12 free-standing buildings (wood-frame with brick veneer or fiber cement siding) designed to look like homes from the 1912 era of the Larkin Center with traditional details such as shutters, dormers, chimneys, and ornate porches. Working with the architects, Cordogan, Clark & Associates, JJ Duffy will meet the standards of the Historic Tax Credit Program.  

Installing a Storm Tech water retention system with a capacity of 41,811 CF will bring the site up to code and also store storm water onsite during heavy rains.

In addition to restoring the site’s landmark buildings for adaptive reuse so they can be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, JJ Duffy is renovating an existing 1-story managers’ building and adding six 2-story, 3-BR townhomes and six 2-story stacked flats buildings of 1- and 2-BR units, resulting in 48 units.


KLEO Art Residences

Client: Brin Life Center, LLC

The KLEO Art Residences started becoming a reality with the takeoff of construction this past January. The 58 unit 4 story building will include apartments for artists and their families. In addition to the apartments, there will be 5,000 SF of retail and studio space on the ground floor; the studios will be used by the artists in the pursuit of their work. A FIRST for Chicago and the Midwest, the exterior will be a curtain wall system made from two-toned polycarbonate, translucent panels, which will provide ample light for artists to do their work. This innovative exterior was specified by the designer of the building, JGMA Architects. Safeway-JJ Duffy Joint Venture has moved past excavation, installation of the foundation, and underground services. The company is now beginning work on the superstructure of the 4 story building. The $23.5 million project is being developed by Brinshore Development LLC. This will add the improvements made on Garfield Boulevard in the Washington Park neighborhood including the Art Block Project from the University of Chicago.

Brainerd Park Apartments

Client: Full Circle Communities, Inc.

Two story 36 units of permanent supportive housing for families in the Brainerd Park community area of Chicago. Safeway- JJ Duffy Joint Venture provided preconstruction services from early preliminary budget to a lump sum contract which evolved into this two story apartment building that provides a variety of apartments types for families. Duffy is providing construction services construct this wood frame facility complete with exterior of brick and fiber cements siding of horizontal lap and panels. The 1 and 2 bedroom units have 1 full bath and the 3 and 4 bedroom units have 2 full baths. The site includes a 28 car paved parking lot, landscaping with a patio area for the residents as well as a playground. Located across from the Brainerd Park Metra Station it is a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that provides train service to downtown Chicago for families in 20 minutes.

Trianon Lofts

Client: Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)

JJ Duffy begins construction on Trianon Lofts, a Housing and Retail Project in the Woodlawn Community. Groundbreaking ceremonies held on Thursday, July 21 signal the start of construction on Trianon Lofts, 803 East 61st Street. The housing and retail project is the first predominantly market rate rental housing to be built in Woodlawn in more than 50 years, according to the developers, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH). The total project development cost of $12.5 million will result in a structural steel frame building with 24 two bedroom/two-bath units and 7,000 square feet of commercial space demonstrates "the ongoing revitalization of Woodlawn and is the latest element of a strong, healthy community." Each apartment will feature 900 to 950 square feet of living space, 10-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and an in-unit washer/dryer. Duffy worked extensively with POAH and Urban Works, the architect, to make this project possible. Woodlawn is conveniently located between the University of Chicago and the end of the CTA's Green Line. The neighborhood is minutes from the future home of the Obama Presidential Library.