Historic Structures

TAO Chicago | Adaptive Reuse

Chicago, Illinois

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.

Two Mellon Bank Center | Terra Cotta Restoration

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Evaluation of the facade structural integrity and durability of the historic Mellon Bank's high-rise office tower.  Performed a detailed condition survey of the individual terra cotta pieces and joints and their attachment to the structure. As a result of the survey, RRJ developed award-winning repair plans and specifications to address the terra cotta attachment and leakage concerns and performed full construction administration services during the repair implementation.

International Masonry Institute, Golden Trowel "Best in Category" Award for Restoration