The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)

Designed by renowned Pittsburgh architect, Frederick Osterling, and originally known as the Armstrong Cork Company, the Cork Factory was constructed in 1901 and expanded in 1913. The sprawling 440,000-square-foot, two-building complex was abandoned in 1974, and suffered from extensive deterioration and repeated acts of vandalism.

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To facilitate the facility’s rehabilitation into 297 luxury apartments, the buildings required removal of extensive accumulations of graffiti, as well as spot pointing of masonry joints, removal and replacement of damaged bricks, patching or replacement of stone architectural features, and repair of damaged terra cotta trim. Work commenced on the site during the week of April 2, 2005, and is targeted for completion in fall, 2005.

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The project included:

  • Assessment and inspection of all areas of the building’s exterior surfaces
  • Removal of graffiti
  • Cleaning of all exterior masonry surfaces
  • Salvage of existing bricks from demolished structures on the property
  • Replacement of missing or damaged bricks with salvaged materials
  • Stone restoration
  • Repair or replacement of terra cotta trim
  • Pointing of masonry joints

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The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)
The Cork Factory (Phase I — Exterior)

Project Details

  • Completion Date: 9/22/2005
  • Owner: Big River Development, LP
  • Architect: James S. Carr, A.L.A. and Associates
  • Developer: McCaffery Interests and Partners
  • General Contractor: Plant Construction Company, L.P.
  • Design Consultant: James S. Carr, A.L.A. and Associates
  • Masonry Contractor: Graciano Corporation

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