Restoring Yesterday's Masonry - For Tomorrow

844 N. Rush — The Railroad Retirement Building

844 N. Rush — The Railroad Retirement Building

Architect: HLM Design
Owner: United States Government — General Services Administration
Value of project: $3,984,000
Scope: Remove and replace exterior masonry veneer and shelf angles
Time frame: 9 months

Project Overview:
Located on downtown Chicago 's Rush Street , the Railroad Retirement Building veneer restoration project posed many challenges. Heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic could not be obstructed during construction and the stores and restaurants on the first two floors needed to remain open for business. Restore Masonry built scaffolding atop a 20-foot canopy around the entire building to make the job possible. 100% of the exterior masonry veneer was removed and 6,200 lineal feet of shelf angles were removed and replaced with the proper flashing end dams. The exterior was then re-clad with 320,000 modular brick units. While the project was originally slated to be completed in two years, Restore Masonry completed the job accident-free and on budget in only nine months.