860 | 880 Lake Shore Drive | Mies Van Der Rohe Historic Building Renovation

Undertaking Construction in an Occupied Building

Landmarks of modern architecture, the twin towers at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive stand as testaments to Mies van der Rohe’s innovative architecture and are registered with the Illinois Historic Preservation Association (IHPA). Constructed in 1950, the development was showing significant deterioration and in need of repair. The project included a complete rebuild of the plaza and replacement of the glass and framing on the first two floors, as well as restoring the finish to the exterior steel structure and re-roofing both towers.

Cotter Consulting was hired as the owner’s representative from pre-construction through closeout, leading the effort to engage a team of professionals that understood the building’s historic significance, could work with the IHPA to correct various deficiencies in the original design, replace worn materials with like-in-kind to preserve the historic look of the buildings and plaza, and maintain the budget.

Chicago, IL



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We’re proud of our ability to successfully manage projects in historically significant existing buildings like this Mies van der Rohe-designed masterpiece.

Did you know?

860 | 880 Lake Shore Drive became the first Mies van der Rohe-designed buildings to receive Chicago Landmark Status in 1996.

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