Press House was a good representative example of a Chicago style office building when it was first built in 1928, and is probably the best remaining commercial building designed by William Fielding, a well-regarded local architect.
The building was once held in high public esteem for its association with the Evening Post, a politically neutral daily newspaper, and although the Evening Post is no longer, and the building has received some modifications over the years, the overall form, fenestration, and detail on the façade reflect most of its former glory.
The seismic work involves the installation of K-Frames from the street to level four, each installed on micro-piles that extend well into the ground. There is also the construction of additional concrete ‘shear’ walls to assist with the strengthening.
Although the heritage of the building wasn’t of major importance initially to Graeme, being involved with the seismic strengthening has really piqued his interest.
“This process has given me a heightened awareness of issues relating to the survival (or not) of historic buildings. While their survival is certainly a desirable outcome, a realistic economic view must also be maintained.
“Luckily Zephyr House has been able to be strengthened at a cost the owners felt was a good investment,” says Graeme.