Palmolive Building – Adaptive Reuse

Conversion of Chicago’s historic Palmolive Building from commercial space to a 99-unit luxury residential and retail project required a balanced approach to historic preservation, optimized building performance and comfortable living. Energy and climate improvements are achieved through cost-effective weatherization along the existing masonry shell, in addition to new customized, high-efficiency forced air systems. A prefabricated, raised floor technology, featuring high-quality acoustic control materials, provides an innovative solution for coordination of ductwork and conduit throughout. Customized living units combine with a careful attention to detail to define the Palmolive Building as one of the most significant and successful renovation projects in Chicago history.

Size:

37 stories, 99 customized units

Project Cost:

$100 million

Completion:

2007

Developer:

Draper & Kramer

MEP Engineer:

WMA

Architect of Record:

Booth Hansen

Project Architect:

Jaime Torres

Structural Engineer:

Thorton Tomasetti

Acoustical Engineer:

Shiner

General Contractor:

Pepper Construction