Franklin Park

Problem Solving with Tenants in Place

Birge & Held’s significant experience in creative problem solving assisted in navigating a complicated renovation for Franklin Park — an older, primarily student-occupied property — without disrupting the tenants. After realizing that the original building plans contained incorrect plumbing information, our team added washer/dryer hookups in the best location for each of three existing floor-plans without impacting the aggressive project timeline.

Interior and exterior renovation

168 units

120 new washer/dryer hookups

Aggressive delivery schedule

Flexible Approach

When encountering unforeseen conditions, our team’s experience allowed for nimble execution to limit disruption or delays to residents.

Integrated Strategy

Working with Birge & Held property management, our construction team managed a unique lease-up strategy to maintain occupancy, and therefore profitability, throughout the project.

Rapid Completion

Our team renovated 168 units with student tenants in place, completing multiple units per day despite unexpected plumbing results for 120 washer/dryer hookups.

Raising the Value of Older Properties

In the case of an older property like Franklin Park, renovations are often complicated by the existence of two structures—an original building and later add-ons. Faced with this scenario, inaccurate building plans, and a limited budget, Birge & Held devised a plan to heavily renovate some units while moderately upgrading others, overcoming significant obstacles while maintaining our expeditious renovation commitment. By staying on time and on budget, our team significantly improved the property’s profitability while maintaining tenant satisfaction and retention.

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