Cleveland, OH – The Standard Building in downtown Cleveland was originally built in 1924 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the oldest labor union in the United States. Eliot Ness, famous American Prohibition Agent whose team of law enforcement agents nicknamed “The Untouchables” helped prosecute Al Capone, held an office in the Standard Building in the 1930’s. This historic building is being converted into an apartment complex to meet the growing housing demand in downtown Cleveland. While the Ritenour Group is constructing the apartments with a modern look, the lobby and hallways will maintain many of building’s original features. Occupants will be able to enjoy the feel of the old transom windows and brass locomotive-wheel door knobs (it has a real crime noir vibe), without compromising on modern apartment luxuries.
We toured the unique building with ChilCo’s Mike Childress and Kevin Kasner, Matt Milos, and Chris Hawkins from Chas. E. Phipps. Chas. E. Phipps is supplying the project with several Sika concrete repair products to use throughout the restoration process. The Northern Ohio company is one of Sika’s oldest distributors; they carry a wide range of concrete repair products and equipment for three Ohio locations and their fast growing online store. Because the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen owned the building for so long, few major renovations have taken place since it was originally built. As a result of this, a large amount of SikaQuick 1000 repair mortar was used throughout construction.
Brian Dudich from the Marous Brothers Construction explained the process behind repairing and leveling the building’s floors. Initially, the contractors identify any problem areas that have been compromised by age. Then, the concrete is repaired and leveled with the SikaQuick 1000. Sika Level-02 EZ Primer was used for this project for its ability to bond to the existing mastic floor. It is covered by a layer of Sika Level-125 before installing vinyl plank boards. Cleveland has recently seen a resurgence in converting old buildings to lofts and apartments. The city, which was one of the largest and most prominent U.S. cities up to the Great Depression, has no shortage of historic buildings. Through restoration by the experienced contractors from the Ritenour Group and Marous Brothers, Cleveland can both meet its growing demand for housing and also savor its rich history.