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.


37 stories, 99 customized units

Project Cost:

$100 million




Draper & Kramer

MEP Engineer:


Architect of Record:

Booth Hansen

Project Architect:

Jaime Torres

Structural Engineer:

Thorton Tomasetti

Acoustical Engineer:


General Contractor:

Pepper Construction