> PROFILE BY SUSAN BLOOM
OF THE MILLIONS OF BUILDINGS in the United States, less than 3 percent—an estimated 90,000 to 100,000—are on the National Register of Historic Places. While representing only a small slice of the nation’s build-
ing population, a bevy of stakeholders ensure these
prominent landmarks meet exacting standards. They
often require extensive upgrading by contractors with
an additional level of expertise and experience.
Pepper Construction Group is a nearly 90-year-old,
third-generation general contracting and construction
management firm headquartered in Chicago. It is the
third-largest contractor in the Midwest and the 45th largest in the nation. Following, experts and members of the
Pepper electrical subcontracting teams discuss details of
the high-profile historic upgrades at the White House in
Barrington, Ill., and Wrigley Field in Chicago. They also
offer tips for success in vintage structure renovations.
Barrington’s White House
In July 2014, Pepper Construction embarked on the renovation
of the White House, a three-story, 14,000-square-foot home
built in 1898. The goal was to turn it into an elegant and highly
functional community center capable of hosting weddings
and other special events. Located in the center of Barrington,
approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago, the renovated
structure opened its doors to visitors a year later as part of the
town’s 150th anniversary in July 2015.
The 15-month-long restoration project officially wrapped
up in October 2015.
“We had an average of 30 tradesmen on a daily basis and as
many as 90 tradesmen working on the building, which contains
three floors and a basement, all in conjunction with a retail center being built by Pepper Construction on the site next door,”
said Chet Busse, senior project manager, Pepper Construction.
Though the Classical Revival architectural-style home was
converted to a senior residence in the 1930s and to office space
in the 1970s and 1980s, Pepper Construction focused on returning it to its roots.
“We strove to maintain the original millwork and did a 3-D
scan of the exterior elevations and roof so that we had exact
measurements to replicate,” Busse said.
Pepper Construction Group, Mc Williams Electric Co.
and Kelso-Burnett renovate two Chicago landmarks