Scott Weas, Partner, Weas Development Co.
Gerry Burke, New Land Director of Development
Peter Cook, President, Math Stark & Sons
Jack Koenig, WE Energies Supervisor for Inspection Maintenance Programs
Bryce Styza, Owner of Bryce Styza Properties
Mike Christensen, Hunzinger Senior Project Manager
Andy Thompson, Project Engineer for General Contractor Corna/Kokosing
Ralph Tischer, President, Tischer & Sons Inc.
"Roman Did Very Well"
The building constructed in 1907 for Ziegler Candy Co. to build its famous Giant bar has been gutted and rehabbed into the Brix Apartment lofts. The historic cream city brick building at 408 W. Florida St., next door to the Iron Horse Hotel, has 98 one-, two- and three-bedroom open concept apartments. The seven-story building has retail businesses on the first floor and apartments on floors two through seven. Parking is available in the basement, first floor, second floor, and new three story parking structure.
J.H. Findorff & Sons was the general contractor. Roman Electric Co., Inc was the electrical contractor. Remodeling the historic building meant dealing with Federal Historic Rehabilitation tax credits and constrictions. The National Parks Service oversaw the historic preservation of the building, and the use of materials like plaster, finishes, brick and windows. Some artifacts had to stay while many were salvaged and used in other areas of the building.
Roman Electric Account Manager Jeff Kubiszewski said, “We needed a shoe horn to put in the electrical service because the building runs right next to a rail line.” Roman installed a 4,000amp service and a generator for standby power.
Eric Sadler, Project Manager for Findorff, said, “Anytime you’re dealing with a historic project, there are challenges. Roman did very well. It was a great team effort. It’s tough to start from scratch using the shell of the existing building.”