May Co.

Cleveland, Ohio

  • May Co.

    May Co.

    Cleveland, OH

At A Glance

  • Expected Date of Completion: June 2020
  • Market: Residential, Renovation
  • Scope of Work
  • Finish Carpentry throughout the building, Metal Studs, Drywall, Taping and Finishing, Exterior Framing, Air Vapor Barrier, Taktl Panels within the atrium, Interior Finish Carpentry, Bathroom Accessories, Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets, Suite Entry Panels, Shaft Wall Framing, Firestopping

Downtown Cleveland is the fastest growing neighborhood in Northeast Ohio, currently home to 17,500 with residential market rate occupancy operating at 92% and the largest jobs hub in Ohio with 105,000 workers.*

Due to the strong momentum of growth, especially within the Public Square area which recently underwent a $50 million dollar renovation, property owner Bedrock Detroit, is strategically converting the iconic May Co. building into a 309 suite luxury apartment community.

The building, originally built in 1915, will maintain its historic charm while offering residents the latest in amenities including nearly an acre of green space within an atrium from the 6th to 9th floor. Future residents will also enjoy the convenience of a 500 spot parking garage and 70,000 square feet of retail space.

Each apartment home is spacious and airy, taking advantage of the May Company’s original 13-foot ceilings and large windows with panoramic views of downtown.

The magnitude of 957,000 square-foot historic tax credit project called for experts within the industry. Geis Companies, looked to OCP for their experience in revitalizing older buildings and managing a large project scope within a very tight laydown area on an ambitious time schedule.

OCP specializes in the utilization of innovative construction methods to benefit project safety, quality, and sustainability no matter the project magnitude.

Despite challenges with the building’s original elevators, material deliveries and unforeseen elements of a historic building, OCP has been able to maintain project schedule. To save time, the OCP team pre-cut the drywall tops and all of the drywall involved. Stocking cards were used to determine the number of drywall sheets within each apartment in order to strategically stock each. Additionally, the main ceiling elements and island bases included in the design were all prefabricated off-site to be delivered ready for installation.

The design of the atrium/green space on the roofltop of the 6th floor features concrete 4x10 foot Taktl panels to give the area a modern industrial look. OCP was able to pre-drill the panels in order to save additional time as well as install the vertical and horizontal rails that will hold them in place well ahead of delivery.

OCP takes great pride in being a part of the team preserving May Company’s rich history. Original, historical design elements such as the entire stairwell of the building including the original stairs, windows and railings will all be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Residents will begin moving in June of 2020

*Source:Downtown Cleveland Alliance