Operating 11 different rail lines and 242 stations throughout Chicago, the commuter railroad Metra is the largest rail system in the United States behind New York City. The 15-story Metra headquarters, built in 1923, is located two blocks back from the Chicago River and features two primary terra-cotta façades in addition to other facades composed of glazed brick with terra-cotta accents.
We provided envelope renewal services to Metra for a three-year restoration project that began with a critical façade examination for compliance with the City of Chicago Façade Ordinance.
- To minimize inspection costs and inconvenience to building occupants, the examination also included documenting all areas of deterioration on the facades, with an emphasis on damaged terra cotta.
- he restoration scope included replacing or repairing all damaged terra cotta, designing new relieving angles, replacing deteriorated secondary steel, tuckpointing, and cleaning.