John Jarger, Alderman Peter Braithwaite, Sharon and Robert King, Alderman Dolores Holmes, Steven Fifield and Alderman Ann Rainey. Photo by Evanston Photographic Studios

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On June 19, co-developers Fifield Cos. and Carroll Properties held a topping-off ceremony for E2, the two-building apartment complex on  Emerson Street between Oak Avenue and Maple Avenue.

“This winter proved to be a challenging environment for construction, but thanks to the dedicated and highly professional team at McHugh Construction, we hit this milestone on schedule and are ready to begin the interior build-out of E2,” said Randy Fifield, vice chair and principal at Chicago-based Fifield Cos.

E2 broke ground last October, and occupancy is slated for winter 2015. The project created 500 construction jobs.

“Once we presented the vision for E2, the community and City officials really rallied around the project and embraced it as a significant investment toward the continued vitality of downtown Evanston,” said Steve Fifield, chairman and CEO of Fifield Cos. “With the help of our financial partners at Northwestern Mutual, we are very excited to be able to create so many jobs and know that we’ll be delivering a premier property that will benefit this community for years to come.”

The project, designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects, is composed of two buildings, one of 16 stories at 1881 Oak Ave. and one of 14 stories at 1890 Maple Ave. The buildings will be connected by a four-story structure that has three floors of parking and an amenity deck with a full-size basketball court, a yoga studio, a fitness center, a party room, a theater, a business center with a conference room, a coffee bar, pool and spa, a Zen meditation garden and grills with sinks and dining areas.

 While the majority of the development will consist of rental apartments, the ground floor will have 4,000 square feet of retail space and 12 street-level three-bedroom rental    townhomes along Emerson Street.

The apartments will range from 500 to 1,300 square feet, with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts.

Evanston-based Morgante Wilson architects will design all the interiors of E2.

“In our pursuit of adding jobs to the local economy, we wanted to work with a North Shore designer on this project and were fortunate that one of the Chicago area’s most revered design firms was in E2’s backyard,” said developer Bob King. “We are excited to be working with them.