Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments’ Renovation

  • Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments’ Renovation
  • Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments’ Renovation
  • Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments’ Renovation
  • Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments’ Renovation


Client: Chicago Housing Authority

Location: Chicago, IL


The Ralph J. Pomeroy Senior Apartments, built in 1923, sat vacant in Chicago’s historic Bryn Mawr district for six years until rehabilitation began in 2010. The entire interior of the building was renovated, from the first floor lobby and common areas, to the rooftop spaces. The number of living units was reduced from 125 to 104 to allow for more space per unit and comply with current accessibility requirements. The original brick, terra cotta, and limestone façade was inspected and restored, keeping the look consistent with the other buildings in the historic neighborhood. New windows and a bronze entry canopy were also constructed.

The Pomeroy project attained LEED Platinum certification using geothermal wells, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, heat recovery systems, green vegetative roofs, high-performance windows and envelope insulation, stormwater control, and Energy Star appliances. More than 90% of the project’s construction waste was diverted from landfills. The Pomeroy also earned a Silver Award in the Best Renovation Category at the 2012 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards, and a Bronze Award at the 29th Annual Building Design and Construction Reconstruction Awards.

Services Provided

d’Escoto, Inc. was commissioned by the Chicago Housing Authority to provide Owner Representative Services for this renovation. Duties included: review of plans and specifications, providing construction cost estimates, planning, and reviewing construction contractor’s bids, cash flow analysis, value engineering, reviewing of the CPM schedule, preparation of monthly reports, identification of long lead time items, conducting weekly meetings, full-time on-site supervision, document control, receiving and reviewing all change order requests, ARRA and Buy America compliance, LEED review, assisting in QA/QC, monitoring MBE/WBE/DBE close-out, facilitating the Certificate of Occupancy, preparing of punch-lists, coordinating tenant utility turnovers, final inspections, and coordinating with the LEED commissioning agent.

Upon Completion, this Pomeroy Apartment Project was given an “Award for Rehabilitation” from Landmarks Illinois.