The Cork Factory, Loft Apartments on the River
The Cork Factory is located in the trendy Strip District neighborhood situated along the bank
of the Allegheny River, near downtown Pittsburgh. The program was to convert three vacant
industrial buildings into a mixed-use development that consisted of 297 loft apartments, 47,000
square feet of ground-floor retail, and a new parking garage. The mid-rise warehouses were
designed by the noted Pittsburgh architect Frederick Osterling around the turn-of-the-century
and are listed with the National Register of Historic Places. The loft apartments were designed
to respect and retain much of the original architectural fabric. We were retained by McCaffery
Interests, the developer for the project, to act as the historic preservation consultant.
Working closely with the design architect, Antunovich Associates in Chicago, we were charged with
restoring the building’s envelope. Specifically, we were accountable for the restoration of the
masonry, the structural repair of the impressive 225-foot smoke stack, and the selection of new
windows. In addition, we were responsible to insure that the restoration and alterations to the
buildings complied with the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Renovation, thereby insuring the
Historic Tax Credits, a critical component of the client’s Pro Forma.
Owner: McCaffery Interests, Inc.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Area: 440,000 sf