April 16, 2019
    5:00 PM CDT - 8:00 PM CDT
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    Westwood Tavern
    1385 N. Meacham Rd.
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
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    Presentation: Edgewater Beach Apartments Renovation


    Edgewater Beach Apartments was built in 1928 and designed by architect Benjamin H. Marshall. The building is located on the far north side of Chicago. Edgewater Beach Apartments is the only remaining building from the larger Edgewater Resort complex and once occupied a prominent site on the shore of Lake Michigan. This provided residents with direct access to beaches and parks on Lake Michigan…

    The building exterior is a distinctive pink stucco exterior with a “croix-fourche” (forked cross) plan shape. South of the building is a two-story parking garage with a garden rooftop terrace. The garden terrace was historically known for its big band concerts and social gatherings for the elites and celebrities visiting and living in Chicago. Today, Edgewater Beach Apartments is still in use as a residential building.

    Since original construction in 1928, the terrace and garage below suffered deterioration along with its surrounding walls, and grand staircase. After an in-depth investigation, a rehabilitation project undertaken to restore the terrace to was undertaken to address the deterioration of both the original materials as well as previous repair work. The existing architectural surfaces were completely removed, the underlying original concrete was repaired, and the terrace was restored. The project presented unique restoration challenges, including incorporating new architectural elements designed to match the original aesthetic.

    The presentation will focus on the restoration of the plaza terrace which included repair of architectural elements to match the original concrete, cast stone and other terrace elements. The project utilized a series of mock-ups that required collaboration with the contractor and a high level of craftsmanship, and knowledge of local materials.


    Tim Zera (President) and Chris Zera (Vice President) of Zera Construction Company. Zera Construction has a long and rich history, now three generations, in the Chicago area that began over 60 years ago in 1957. Zera Construction has worked on such prominent projects as the renovation of US Cellular Field concourse, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Federal Reserve vaulted sidewalks, Michigan Avenue Apple Store, Pioneer Plaza, Ryan Field, and numerous other plazas and parking structures throughout Chicago and the US. Tim, Chris and their father Alex have been an important voice in the Chicago repair community and have been key to the development of concrete repair. Zera Construction has been a part of the ICRI Chapter. 

    Kimberly Lis is an Associate III with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. Her work focuses on the evaluation, testing design of repairs for modern and historic existing structures. Her repair and rehabilitation experience features a variety of work on concrete, waterproofing, stone paving, curtain walls on commercial and residential buildings and plazas. Kim’s work has included work on the Michigan Avenue Apple Store, Pioneer Plaza, Sandburg Village, and the 33 West Ontario building.

    Paul Gaudette is a Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. His work focuses on investigation and repair of contemporary and historic concrete, concrete materials assessment, and repair and rehabilitation design.  Paul’s work on concrete structures includes work on John J. Earley’s Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois; Mies van der Rohe’s Promontory Apartments building in Chicago, Illinois; Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute in LaJolla, California; and Eero Saarinen’s Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, among others. Paul is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). He is past Chair of ACI Committee 546, Repair of Concrete, author of several ACI and ICRI articles on concrete repair, and co-author of Preservation Brief 15: Preservation of Historic Concrete.



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    $60.00 Mediterranean Chicken

    $60.00 Filet Mignon