Cleveland Construction, Inc., a national general contracting firm, has completed historical renovations of The Residences at Six-Six-Eight building, located at 668 Euclid Avenue in Downtown Cleveland. The $65 million project consisted of the renovation of two buildings, an 8-story, 279,000 square-foot building fronting Euclid Avenue and a 5-story, 150,000 square-foot building fronting Prospect Avenue. The two buildings are connected by a 2-story glass enclosed courtyard.
The Residences at Six-Six-Eight buildings have been converted into 236 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments that are equipped with modern amenities and unique floor plans. Each unit includes electric heating, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, maple-finished custom cabinets, porcelain and tile flooring, washer and dryers, and walk-in closets. In addition to luxury residences, the newly renovated buildings also features 28,000 square feet of office space on the first level, dramatic 8-story atrium, fitness center, sports bar, restaurant, courtyard, public plaza and below-grade parking.
Originally built in 1909, the first step in the renovation and conversion of the old Taylor's department store and office complex was the complete demolition of the building’s interior to remove all the modern construction and uncovered the historical finishes. The project team demolished and converted approximately 430,000 square feet of office space into luxury apartments. New, efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were also installed.
The restoration of the decorative terra cotta facade on the Euclid Building’s exterior was a lengthy and detailed process. The façade was first removed of existing steel remnants and damaged terra cotta. In order to create a perfect replica of the existing façade, segments were cast as molds and used to create replacement pieces. Many replacement pieces were of different dimensions, which meant that multiple custom molds were created for each section of the building. A decorative 19’ cornice was also installed to crown the top of building. Once restored, the building was coated in a protective liquid plastic to match the original terra cotta appearance. The exterior on the Prospect side was completely stripped of the EIFS and damaged limestone and restored with all new limestone and granite.
In restoring the buildings to their original appearance, Cleveland Construction worked with the design team to comply with all historical guidelines and ensured adherence to The Department of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. All materials were approved prior to installation by the National Park Service and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
In October 2009, the Prospect side of The Residences at Six-Six-Eight was selected as a winning project in the 2009 Excellence in Construction Awards competition in the Historical Renovation ($10 to $100 Million) category from the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
As of May 11, 2010, the buildings apartments are 93% leased, with full occupancy expected by July 2010.