The Impact of Chicago's Weather


As the summer winds down, I thought I’d share a few images from the work we’re doing on Jefferson Tower at 200 N. Jefferson in the Fulton River District. The project is a reminder of weather's cumulative impact on urban buildings.

As the AIA shares on their website: "Designing and building resilient buildings is not a choice, it’s an imperative." As temperatures and weather become more extreme, regular building envelope evaluation, repair and preservation become key to maintaining that resiliance.

Original construction of the high-rise condominium began in 2004 and was completed in 2006. After a dozen years of exposure to atmospheric carbon dioxide and Chicago’s climate – with its extreme temperatures and wind-driven rain, sleet and snow – the exterior today requires comprehensive repair and maintenance.


While concrete is highly durable, it still has properties that make the development of cracks inevitable - even in the best weather conditions. The structure has 24 stories and 198 separate units. The scope of the Jefferson Tower project includes: concrete repairs, crack repairs, sealant replacement, exterior coating, and balcony waterproofing replacement. Watch my Twitter feed for project updates.