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Constructive News You Can Use: the newsletter of the Public Building Commission of Chicago

Spring 2017 Edition

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Constructive News You Can Use - Spring 2017

Constructive News You Can Use: the newsletter of the Public Building Commission of Chicago

Spring 2017 Edition

Constructive News You Can Use

A Message from Carina

IN THIS ISSUE Welcome to Constructive Transit Authority, Chicago Park Dis-
News You Can Use, the Public trict, Chicago Public Library and the
2016 Successes Building Commission of Chicago’s City Colleges of Chicago.
newsletter. This publication will keep
PBC’s 2016 you up-to-date on what we are do- We are also working with the Chicago
Year In Review ing, where we are heading and how Public Schools on several projects
you can get involved. that are currently in the planning
Award- and design phase. In addition, PBC
Winning Since our inception, the PBC has has helped to expand and enhance
Buildings enhanced the education, safe- security networks along with imple-
ty and recreation in neighbor- menting energy efficiency initiatives
Chinatown Branch Library’s hoods across Chicago and Cook aimed at providing improved energy
most recent accolades County by planning, designing and use and cost savings at city-owned
building schools, parks, libraries, buildings and the Metropolitan Wa-
Doing Business with the PBC police stations, fire houses and oth- ter Reclamation District of Greater
er municipal buildings. Chicago.
Find out how to get involved
The support we receive from our cli- As we move forward, striving to be
PBC Board Adds ents and community partners has an exemplary agency for future de-
to Membership allowed us to build upon a track velopment, we hope that with this
record of completing projects on newsletter we can keep you better
Welcome Olga Camargo schedule and within budget. Since informed on PBC projects and initia-
2011, we have completed nearly $1.9 tives.
Bid Opportunities billion worth of capital construction
projects in the city and surrounding Sincerely,
Public Building Commission areas.

We remain focused on the range of Carina E. Sánchez
work underway in 2017 and look for- Executive Director
ward to new and exciting capital im- Public Building Commission
provement projects with the Chicago

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2016 Success Fuels F

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The Public Building Commission has
committed to reporting our year-end
statistics in the first quarter of the
year to ensure our reporting is more
in line with the speed of our work.

During the March 2017 Board of
Commissioners meeting, we were
pleased to provide highlights of the
Year-in-Review and illustrate the
accomplishments achieved in 2016.

The PBC completed $185 million
in capital improvement projects in
2016. This includes four new annexes
and two newly-constructed schools
on behalf of the Chicago Public
Schools, as well as renovation proj-
ects at two branch libraries and $15
million in technology and infrastruc-
ture improvements on behalf of the
OEMC, helping to improve public
safety while increasing network
capabilities and communication.

Future Development

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depicts all the projects the PBC broader impact on the communities More than $143 million has been
paid to date on 2016 projects. Of
completed from 2011 through 2016. we serve. 3,138 people earned more that, minority-owned business
enterprises received more than $42
These completed capital construc- than $31.5 million working on PBC million or approximately 30% partic-
ipation while women owned business
tion projects equate to nearly $1.9 projects completed in 2016—and enterprises received more than $11
million or approximately 8%.
billion, another many of those employed
We hope you enjoy learning about
example of the 3,138 people were residents of the the projects we have completed for
PBC’s commitment earned more our clients in 2016 and the diverse
to provide great than $31.5M community areas communities in which we have
public buildings worked. 
where the projects were


and spaces that working on
PBC projects
foster sustain- completed in When reviewing the
report, please note the
ability within our 2016. community residents
who reflect on their

While the new, experiences working

renovated and upgraded facilities we on various PBC projects and the

developed with our clients offer long- economic impact our projects had in

term benefits to our neighborhoods, 2016.

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Working at Edwards
was one of the best
work experiences I’ve had
on a construction job.

- Janet Mercado,
Flagger and Laborer

Opposite page: Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Annex; top left: Spring 2017 | 5
Jamieson Elementary School Annex; bottom left: Edwards IB Fine & Performing
Arts Dual Language School Annex

Click here to view our 2016 Year in Review.

Public Building Commission

PBC Creates Award

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Since January 2017, the PBC, the
Chicago Public Library and the
Design-Build team of Wight
& Company and Skidmore, Owings
& Merrill LLP have been recognized
with three construction industry
honors for our work on Chicago
Public Library’s Chinatown Branch.
These awards mark the 13th construc-
tion industry honor for our work on
this library and are a prime example
of the positive impact the buildings,
renovations and infrastructure proj-
ects we complete has had on Chicago
and Cook County communities.

On January 27th, the library was
awarded the Construction Industry
Service Corporation’s (CISCO)
2016 Project of the Year Award
for New Construction under $20
million. Founded in 1988, CISCO is a
labor-management group that brings

d-Winning Buildings

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together unions of the building recognize outstanding achievement
trades and construction contractor in neighborhood real estate devel-
associations representing more opment and community building. The
than 140,000 workers in the Chicago Driehaus Foundation supports the
metropolitan area. The library was preservation and enhancement of
recognized for its excellence in union the built and natural environments
construction and for serving as a through historic preservation in
new civic and social hub for the city’s neighborhoods throughout Chicago,
Chinatown neighborhood. encouragement of quality archi-
tectural and landscape design, and
The library was also acknowledged conservation of open space.
by the Design-Build Institute of
America (DBIA) with the 2016 DBIA The library, with its Feng Shui inspired
National Award of Merit. This award design, enhances the surrounding
celebrates people and projects urban setting and serves as a visual
that raise the bar for well-executed neighborhood magnet: a trans-
design-build projects and is a testa- parent, welcoming institution by
ment to the collaborative partner- day and a glowing lantern at night
ship achieved between the PBC, CPL that bridges the “old” Chinatown to
and the design-build team of Wight the south and the “new” Chinatown
& SOM. that has evolved north of
Finally, on February 28th, LISC Chicago
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Branch with the 2nd Place Richard from the Chicago
H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Public Library, the
Architectural Excellence in Commu- Design-Build team of
nity Design during the 23rd Annual Wight & SOM and the
Chicago Neighborhood Development PBC were on hand to
Awards (see photo, left). accept these prestigious
awards. 
Established in 1995, the Chicago Neigh-
borhood Development Awards (CNDA)

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Chinatown Branch Library has received PBC Board Adds
accolades for its innovative design, Respected Financial
sustainability and programmatic use: Executive to Membership

American Institute of Architects & American Library Chairman Rahm Emanuel has appointed Olga
Association - Library Building Award and Award of Camargo to the PBC Board of Commissioners.
Excellence: Distinguished Accomplishment in Library Camargo, a respected financial executive, previ-
Architecture ously served on The Metropolitan Pier and
Exposition Authority Board. She is currently
American Library Association & International Interior Managing Partner at Toroso Investments, LLC,
Design Association - Honorable Mention: On the Boards and a New York-based investment firm, where she
Best of Competition Award advises clients in the public and private sectors,
as well as not-for-profit organizations and foun-
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- dations of financial investments opportuni-
Conditioning Engineers, Illinois Chapter - Excellence in ties and retirement plans. Throughout her life,
Engineering Award Camargo has been deeply committed to public
service, having served on the Plan Commission,
The Architect’s Newspaper - Building of the Year: Midwest the Metropolitan Planning Council Board of
Governors, the City’s Affirmative Action Advi-
Building Design + Construction Magazine - Building Team sory Board and the Chicago Cook Workforce
Award: Gold Partnership. 

Chicago Building Congress - Merit Award I am grateful for the opportunity to
continue serving our great city. I am
Design-Build Institute of America - National Award of Merit: a proud Chicagoan and take pride in
Civic/Assembly helping our city improve the quality of
life for all residents. PBC projects serve to
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - Illinois Governor’s make this happen, along with enhancing
Sustainability Award economic vitality and sustainability. I
look forward to being an active partic-
International Federation of Library Associations & ipant as a Commissioner of the Board of
Institutions - Finalist: Systematic – Public Library of the the Public Building Commission.
- Olga Camargo
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region
5 - National Award of Excellence for Outstanding
Environmental Clean-Up Program

Urban Land Institute, Chicago Chapter - Public Investment
Vision Award

US Green Building Council, Illinois Chapter - Intent to
Matter: Green Building Innovation Award

Wired Magazine - “Settle into 10 of the Most Beautiful
Libraries on Earth” (#7)

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plan, design, construct and manage MBE/WBE participation and equal
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County of Cook, City of Chicago and PBC is at the forefront of programs su
its Sister Agencies. that enhance the rich diversity of act
Chicago and Cook County.
The process of adding new public PBC Alerts!
facilities or infrastructure to a Those interested in working with
community is a complex one, the PBC are encouraged to visit our
involving a variety of professions. website and register for PBC Alerts—
Outreach and education are crit- the direct connection to upcoming
ical to these efforts, and we are contracting opportunities with the
constantly developing new means, PBC. This free service notifies you
including deploying the technological by email each time a contracting
tools available to us, to draw people or prequalification opportunity
and businesses into our programs becomes available. Upcoming oppor-
and projects. From community hiring tunities are listed below. 


Lincoln Park High School Renovation General Contractor $5M - $15M 5/2/2017

2001 N Orchard Ave | Ward 43: Smith General Contractor $5M - $15M 5/4/2017

Lake View High School Renovation General Contractor $5M - $15M 5/31/2017

4015 N Ashland Ave | Ward 47: Pawar

Byrne Elementary School Annex

5329 S Oak Park Ave | Ward 23: Zalewski

General Contractor $20M+ 2nd
South Loop Elementary School General Contractor 2nd
$5M - $15M
1601 S Dearborn St | Ward 3: Dowell General Contractor 2nd
Sheridan Math & Science Academy Annex

533 W 27th St | Ward 11: Thompson
Chicago Park District

Capital Improvement Program

General Contractor Prequalification

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