BEAR was engaged to redevelop an old abandoned 100,000-SF, 4-story building into modern luxury residential loft units. An entire 20,000-SF, 5th story was added to the building in order to accommodate a new level of penthouse suites. In order to accommodate the new loads, major structural reinforcements were made to the buildings columns while the building was shored and actually raised several inches from its original foundation. The existing freight elevator system was completely redone and extended to provide new passenger elevator service to the building’s occupants. The unique lofts provide modern living amidst the classic flavor that remains in an area of Chicago known as Bridgeport. Wood flooring with Cedar Beam Ceiling accents allow this authentic residential architecture to be welcoming and comfortable.