Serving the Oak Park, IL area since 1991
  cell: (708) 829-8910, office: (708) 386-4573
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Eco-Friendly Vintage Buildings

An existing building has "embodied energy" that includes the value of all the previous materials and work that went into it.  Preserving it usually has less impact on the environment than tearing it down and building anew.  So vintage buildings, particularly those having solid foundations and structural integrity, are inherently sustainable in terms of "green" building concepts.  In other words, it is generally eco-friendly to preserve and enhance what has already been built!

Dan has a broad perspective of general construction practices relating to the preservation and restoration of vintage buildings, to an extent that is rare among his peers.  Reading professional journals and talking frequently with LEED-certified building professionals and suppliers, he continues to learn about the latest research and accomplishments in green, sustainable building design and construction.  He has always used sustainable practices such as preserving quality features and re-using quality materials where appropriate.

For example, vintage lumber has different dimensions than new commercially manufactured lumber.  Knowing how to seamlessly blend the old with the new takes much experience and skill.  Not all architects design for this kind of technical expertise, and other contractors often just build the quickest thing they can that conforms to the plans.  Dan always has his eyes open to opportunities to preserve the integrity of your building.  If such an opportunity arises, he will provide as much information as possible to help you find an effective solution.

Rain Barrels

Kearney Construction fabricates custom rain barrels that keep rain runoff from going uselessly down the storm sewer.  The runoff can instead provide free water for your yard or garden, and keep excess moisture away from your building's foundation.  Our custom rain barrels are made from quality materials, including better fittings that enable higher pressure drainage than other rain barrels commonly used in this area.

Construction Services

  • interior & exterior trim carpentry
  • tile and masonry
  • concrete flat work
  • painting, plastering, drywall
  • electrical, plumbing
  • window restoration
  • gutters & roof repair

Planning Services

  • general contracting
  • creation of working drawings
  • facilitation of blueprint review
  • expediting the permit process