TAO Chicago | Adaptive Reuse
Construction consulting services for the adaptive reuse of a historic Romanesque-style building into a contemporary restaurant and club. Designed by Architect Henry Ives Cobb in the late 1800s, the granite-clad structure is constructed from unreinforced load-bearing masonry walls and floors comprised of steel framing and fire proof clay tile arch floors. A Chicago Landmark, the building was once the home of the Chicago Historical Society and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The restaurant buildout required the removal of four major interior loading-bearing walls. RRJ designed a shoring approach sequence for the general contractor to stabilize the building during demolition and installation of the new transfer beams.