Category: Repair & Rehabilitation
Location: Chicago, IL
Size: 118,533 sf
Masonry Used: 15,584 masonry units (modular face brick, salvaged brick, CMU, glass block, renaissance stone, terra cotta, limestone) 6,192 SF of masonry
Submitted By: MBB Enterprises

Project Description

The Pomeroy Senior Apartments, a classically detailed, limestone and terra-cotta clad building was renovated as part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation to be their flagship senior living center on Chicago’s north side. This 118,550 SF project offers 104 modern, affordable apartments to independent adults age 62 and older. Upgrading the building sought to preserve the vintage apartment-hotel character keeping as many dwellings as possible and adding contemporary amenities, technologies and accessibility features. Without the benefit of existing drawings, survey work was undertaken to document and assess every aspect of the building, structure and conditions.

A full exterior restoration including window replacement, brick matching and replication of the missing terra-cotta eyebrow cornice were a part of the repair program. Inside, the ornate plasterwork of the original 1923 Lobby was restored and the space repurposed for a formal Event and Dining Room. Together with the creation of a new Kenmore Avenue entry, a central communal space resulted to bring together administration and activity spaces for casual and formal interaction of the occupants. The new Lobby links to a central landscaped courtyard taking advantage of a previously unused space for daylight and recreation. The original raised first floor structure was demolished and replaced for grade alignment and greater ceiling height. The building’s disparate stairs and elevators were then consolidated into a compact circulation core yielding ‘found’ space for other uses and an inexpensive opportunity to access the roof level. Here, additional outdoor space, resident gardens, a recreation room and views of the lakefront are provided.

The individual dwellings were planned to offer full handicap user accessibility for each dwelling in a range of configurations and accommodations. Under-counter knee space and roll in showers are among the features incorporated. The plans offer daylighting of all rooms, modern kitchens and generous bathroom and storage features. Linoleum and ceramic tile were used in lieu of carpet to aid in mobility, air quality and cleaning. The new dwelling level layout resulted is an increased plan efficiency from 79% to 84%. The Sustainability Program supports the requirements for a senior living lifestyle, taking advantage of neighborhood amenities and social programs integrated with building technologies allowing the Pomeroy to track LEED® Platinum.

The building incorporates a high performance wall, window and roof envelope system. The mechanical systems are comprised of water source heat pumps, a hybrid geothermal water loop, solar thermal domestic water heating, PV panels and energy recovery ventilation with a projected total energy savings of 44% as compared to the ASHRAE 90.1 standard. Renewable energy sources account for 0.78% of the projected energy budget. In addition, the project incorporates intensive green roofs, low VOC building materials with high recycled content, stormwater management, Energy Star® appliances and equipment as well as the diversion of over 90% of the construction refuse from the waste stream. Product selection was based upon those manufactured in North America with a total construction cost of $20.4M.