Chicago Ridge, Illinois

H&M at Chicago Ridge Mall

Client / Owner

Starwood Retail Partners




Graycor Construction

Project Scope

Graycor Construction Company completed a retail renovation for Starwood Retail Partners (Owner) and Development Management Associates (Owner’s Representative) involving the construction of H&M shells at three of their mall property locations: Southlake Mall, Merrillville, Ind.; Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet, Ill.; and Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge, Ill.

The Chicago Ridge location proved to be the most challenging of the projects and included demolition of seven tenant spaces near center court as well as a vertical expansion that involved the raising of the mall’s existing roof to accommodate a second floor for the H&M store. The 11,000-square-foot roof was moved 20 feet higher than its original height in three-day’s time. However, months of preparation was necessary for demolition work, reconfiguration of MEP services, reinforcement of the structure, temporary steel construction for the jacks and an additional one week for set-up of the jacks. Both Forefront Structural Engineers and Rooflifters played key roles for the roof raising portion of the project. Though raising a roof is not common practice, demolition of the existing structure and constructing the new shell would have been more difficult due to the logistical challenges of performing steel erection at the mall’s center court during the winter.

Graycor Construction Raises the Roof to Create Two-Story Retail Space for H&M