WJE Receives 2010 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence

September 12, 2010
WJE recently received the 2010 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence—Exterior Restoration for its work on the On Leong Merchants Association Building. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks gives the award to honor outstanding projects that involve notable improvements to the individual Chicago Landmarks or to buildings within Chicago Landmark Districts. Renae Kwon and Brett Laureys of WJE's Architecture group attended the award ceremony on September 2, 2010 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The On Leong Merchants Building, now known as the Pui Tak Center Building, was constructed in 1926 and is a three-story historic Chicago landmark building located in Chicago's Chinatown district. The building was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad in an Oriental style and includes meeting halls, a school, a shrine, and offices. The building facades are constructed primarily of brick masonry, with ornamental colored terra cotta used extensively throughout the south and east elevations.

In 2008, the On Leong Building was awarded a grant from American Express to perform a partial facade restoration. In preparation for the restoration work, the Chinese Christian Union Church engaged WJE to perform a facade assessment of the structure. WJE developed a prioritized restoration plan and budget estimates for the repair of the terra cotta portion of the building.

About WJE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. WJE focuses on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of construction technology. Since the firm's founding more than fifty years ago, WJE specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world. For more information, please visit wje.com.

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