Residences at Leader

Cleveland, Ohio

Industry > Multi-Family

Cleveland Construction performed as the construction manager for the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the interior redevelopment of the historic Leader Building, a 16 story, 285,000 square-foot building located at the corner of Superior Avenue and E. 6th Street in downtown Cleveland.

Originally constructed in 1913 for the Cleveland Leader Newspaper, the building has been converted from offices to mixed-use that now houses retail and office space on floors 1 through 3 and 224 luxury residential units on floors 4 through 15.  The basement holds residential amenities such as a fitness center, a lounge, a business center, and a conference room.  

The scope of work included interior adaptive reuse and reorganization, relocation and build-out of 21 office tenant spaces, build-out of 224 one- and two-bedroom apartments, coordination of phased building occupancy, public safety management, repairs to the existing building and enclosures, and complete replacement of all HVAC, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression/alarm systems while preserving the building's original corridor.

Exterior work included pressure washing the limestone facade with soap and resealing all the windows. New awnings and banners were installed on the building, as well as a new roof.

Since the building was originally built in 1913, the restoration plan was designed to comply with the National Historic Register preservation requirements and maintain the building’s original exterior façade and interior features.  Additionally, since the project received both State of Ohio and Federal tax credits, the redevelopment had to be built in accordance with standards set forth by the National Park Services and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The project is certified as Enterprise Green Communities by the USGBC. Low-flow water fixtures for water conservation were used in all apartments, while Energy Star appliances and 6,800 LED lighting fixtures were installed to reduce the buildings carbon footprint. In addition, low-to-zero VOC paint, sealants, and carpets were used to prevent off-gassing.

The restoration and adaptive reuse of The Leader Building began in October 2015 and was completed in July 2017.


  • Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Owner
    K&D Group
  • Architect
    Berardi + Partners, Inc.
  • Completion Date
    July 2017


Services Provided

  • Preconstruction
  • Construction Management at-Risk
  • Historic Restoration Construction
  • Phased Occupancy Construction
  • Quality Management

Project Award

Project Award

2019 Excellence In Restoration and Rehabilitation Award from the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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