Pacific Garden Mission, which is located in Chicago's South Loop, is the nation's oldest continuously operating homeless shelter. Founded in 1877, "The Old Lighthouse," as the shelter has been nicknamed, houses up to 1,000 people per night and serves 180,000 meals each month.
During the past few years, the shelter has received pressure from the city to relocate because of gentrification in the neighborhood. In December 2004, Pacific Garden Mission and the city selected a nearby location for the new facility.
"I was contacted by Walsh Construction, Chicago, the general contractor, and asked to bid on the project when it was in its developmental stage," says Jim Cronin Jr., estimator for Trinity Roofing Service Inc., Blue Island, Ill.
Trinity Roofing Service eventually was awarded the contract for Pacific Garden Mission's roof system. Groundbreaking for the facility took place in November 2005, and Trinity Roofing Service began work on the building's roof system in December 2006.