Elgin Tower

60,000-square-foot, 15-floor renovation of the Elgin Tower Building, a historic building in downtown Elgin, IL. The building, which was condemned in 2014, underwent a complete gut rehab transformation into 44 market-rate apartment units with modern finishes. Demolition included the removal of old coal-fired boilers and radiators to update the building with energy-efficient water heaters and individually controlled fan coil units within each apartment. Skender and the design team worked with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to protect and preserve the building’s historic elements, which involved retaining original terrazo in the corridors, refinishing or recreating wooden landmark unit entries, rebuilding elevators to operate within the existing shafts, replacing exterior windows, and coordinating local street closures to facilitate the project’s temporary loading dock.

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