SOURCE: Jupiter Communities, LLC

Jupiter Communities, LLC

December 20, 2011 11:00 ET

Jupiter's 215 West Announces Winners of Design Contest With Harrington College of Design

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - 215 West, a luxury LEED Certified high-rise apartment tower managed by Jupiter Communities, LLC, has announced the winners of a design contest held in conjunction with the Harrington College of Design, a prestigious design school nearby. Located on Washington Street in the heart of the Chicago Loop, thousands of pedestrians and commuters pass 215 West each week. Based on this, Jupiter asked students in Harrington's Conceptual Sketching for Interior Design course, led by James C. Smith, Adjunct Instructor of Interior Design, to present creative exterior solutions that would capitalize on the area's commuter traffic and create an identity to draw people into 215 West's lobby.

Working in teams of two, the Harrington students created drawings of their solutions and determined the associated costs and fabrication details. In formulating their ideas, the Harrington students considered aesthetics, climate, signage ordinances, lighting, and music. Their concepts also needed to work within budget constraints and electrical availability. Jupiter Realty Company, the developer of 215 West, and Jupiter Communities reviewed the contest submissions and selected Erin Costello and Justin Jungsuk Ko as the winning team.

"We were extremely impressed with the creative solutions that the Harrington students presented, and it was difficult to select a single winning concept," said Kellie DeVilbiss, President of Jupiter Communities, LLC. "However, Erin and Justin's concept stood out as an option that would be practical and effective as well as memorable in its creative design. We look forward to implementing the winning concept in 2012 and working with the Harrington College of Design on future projects."

Ms. Costello and Mr. Ko's design solution incorporates colorful stanchion-mounted vertical banners flanking the lobby entrance and light projections on the sidewalk to draw attention to 215 West. Their design stood out to the judges because it would provide 215 West with added visibility during both the day and night and would visually impact pedestrians, passing cars, and people working in the surrounding office buildings. The use of banners and light projections would allow 215 West to refresh the message periodically. Finally, the sleek look of Ms. Costello and Mr. Ko's concept reflected the modern aesthetic and sophisticated nature central to 215 West.

Located in the Chicago Loop, 215 West is a LEED Certified 50-story apartment community featuring 389 studio/convertible, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartment homes. Residences at 215 West include stainless steel Frigidaire® Energy Star® appliances, granite countertops, washers and dryers, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the city. The building is pet friendly and offers a wide selection of amenities including a 24-hour door attendant, fitness club, theater, game room, party room, business center, and a landscaped green roof with a pool and sundeck. For more information, please visit or contact the leasing office at (312) 521-5900.

About Jupiter Communities
Jupiter Communities, a subsidiary of RAIT Financial Trust, is a full-service multifamily property management company with approximately 11,000 apartment units under management nationwide. The leadership at Jupiter Communities boasts more than 50 years of industry experience managing and maximizing the value of apartment communities across the nation, giving it the ability to offer expert advice and superior services including property management, valuations and market studies, accounting, due diligence, dispositions, and construction management. For more information, please visit or contact Kellie DeVilbiss at (312) 924-1601.

About Jupiter Realty Company
Chicago-based Jupiter Realty Company was incorporated as a privately held, vertically integrated development, investment and management firm in 1985. The company acquires, develops, finances, renovates, repositions, and manages office buildings, hotels, garden and high-rise apartments, shopping centers, free-standing retail stores, industrial buildings, mixed-use properties and land. Jupiter Realty and its subsidiaries and affiliates operate nationally with a focus on the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. For more information, please call Don Smith at (312) 924-1510 or visit

About Harrington College of Design
Harrington College of Design, an institution of higher learning, is committed to creating the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community. Harrington has been a member of Chicago's design and higher education communities since 1931 and seeks to foster an environment that maximizes students' intellectual and artistic potential. Harrington offers an associate's degree in digital photography; bachelor's degrees in interior design, commercial photography and graphic design; and master's degrees in interior design and communication design. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411). Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at Harrington cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information on Harrington College of Design, call 312.939.4975 or visit

Contact Information

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    Kellie DeVilbiss
    Jupiter Communities, LLC
    401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300
    Chicago, IL 60611
    T: (312) 924-1601
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