Project Description

Roof Raising Project Profile

Undercar Products

Type: Manufacturing

Roof Area Lifted: 220,000 sf
Clear Height Before Lifting: 16 feet
Clear Height After Lifting: 32 feet
Cubic Feet Before Lifting: 3,520,000
Cubic Feet After Lifting: 7,040,000
Usable space added by raising the existing roof: 3,520,000
In order to secure a major tenant in the property it acquired three years prior, Franklin Partners, an Illinois-based real estate company that owns, redevelops, and manages industrial properties, needed to modify the building to meet the new tenant’s requirements. Specifically, substantially increase the amount of usable space in the 220,000 square foot facility.

The necessary expansion of the building was achieved by raising the entire existing roof from 16’ to 32’. By lifting the roof, while intact and with minimal demolition, the building was effectively modernized to meet today’s distribution and warehousing standards.

The actual lift was accomplished in two phases: 105,000 square feet and 115,000 square feet. The lift and additional modifications to suit the tenant’s use were completed in approximately three months, a fraction of the time it would take to build a new facility or demolish and rebuild the roof of the existing facility.

“After our initial conversations with ROOFLIFTERS, we felt confident that we could market the building as if it were already at 32 feet,” said Don Shoemaker, managing partner of Franklin Partners. “Prior to roof lifting, this building was the definition of ‘functionally-obsolete’ — every year we considered tearing it down. This all changed with the roof lifting plan. We now have a long-term commitment from the new tenant and favorable incentives from the city.”

In less than a year, by marketing the property with a redefined clear height, Franklin Partners drew significantly more interest from potential tenants and, as a result, were able to negotiate a 12-year lease on the building. The process also had a significant positive impact on the building’s long-term market value.

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