In addition to updating the kitchen and expanding the third-floor ballroom to accommodate large parties, the renovation
also involved constructing an addition that included an elevator, a second set of stairs and seven new bathroom facilities.
With support from electrical contracting partner Scott
Swayze, vice president of Mc Williams Electric Co. Inc.,
Schaumburg, Ill., all old mechanical parts and pieces were
removed. New panels and service to the building were installed,
down to the conduit and wire. This effort involved everything
from lighting fixtures, switches and outlets to lightning protection and fire alarm systems.
In an attempt to be as environmentally responsible as possible, the upgrade also involved the installation of a geothermal
heating and cooling system that will significantly reduce the
building’s long-term operating costs.
“We had seven wells cored outside that go 500 feet deep and
circulate a mixture of water and glycol, which provide cooling
from a 57°F base and heating from that same highly efficient
configuration,” Busse said.
By implementing these and other measures, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and controls, the White House
achieved LEED Gold status—the first facility to do so in Barrington—and experienced a 42 percent energy reduction.
“In addition to being a beloved part of the town’s history, it’s
now also an energy-efficient structure,” Busse said.
Challenges on the project involved the removal of existing
millwork and wainscoting to replace electrical devices.
“We had carpenters working alongside our electricians to
make repairs with minimal cost and disruption,” Busse said.
“There were also modern codes that needed to be addressed,
and we needed to fully understand the space—we were uncov-
ering old code items all the time.”
This included the house’s original vintage knob-and-tube
wiring that was buried in attic spaces.
Pepper Construction was involved in the preplanning and
reconstruction of the White House since 2012.
“This project was very special to all of us, and to know that
our work will help ensure that the structure can remain here
for a long time to come is very rewarding,” Busse said.
Pepper Construction’s renovation and expansion of Chicago’s
beloved Wrigley Field baseball park began a few years ago with
enabling projects designed to support major reconstruction
that will likely continue into 2018–2019.
“The purpose of the project is to preserve Wrigley Field for the
future while providing an enhanced fan and player experience,”
said Jim Nissen, Pepper Construction executive vice president.
Among the projects completed so far are the removal and
replacement of outfield bleachers with bigger bleachers that
allow more space for fans to gather.
“In addition, we’ve been working around the foundation and
structure of the entire ballpark to support new concession areas
and party spaces on upper levels that will add load, have added
elevators, and are in the process of building a new clubhouse
for players, a tunnel between the clubhouse and dugout, and
new office/retail space adjacent to the ballpark,” Nissen said.
Opposite page: The interior of the
White House in Barrington, Ill.
This page: The renovation of the
Wrigley Field bleachers in progress
Below right: Wrigley Field viewed
from behind home plate