Projects of the Year

Project of the Year Feature – Rehabilitation

January 31, 2023

BURR RIDGE – Our 4th Project of the Year Feature is the top choice of Rehabilitation, which is Boulder Point. General contractor was Leopardo Companies; client was Oswegoland Park District.

When considering submissions, judging criteria is based on: quality of construction, design, impact on the community and safety record.

Boulder Point

The Boulder Point project consisted of an addition/expansion and renovation of the Oswegoland Park District’s facility. The facility was originally a car dealership built in 1960, which was leased by the Oswegoland Park District in 2004 and refurbished into a 14,887-square-foot community center. In 2009, the park district purchased the building, which is home to programming, which includes fitness, gymnastics, theatre, preschool and dance. Recognizing the need for more space to host quality community programming, the district embarked on a large-scale renovation and added approximately 3,426-square-feet to the center.

Boulder Point

The scope included selective structural demolition and removal of various architectural elements to make way for a new lobby and programming spaces; full interior build-out with new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; as well as millwork, stairs and finishes. Leopardo also made ADA and energy efficiency improvements and installed a new sprinkler system in classrooms and activity rooms, which previously had no fire protection systems in place.

Boulder Point

All of this work required extensive preplanning and coordination. Project teams worked hand-in-hand with Leopardo’s Virtual Build Group (VBG), Safety and Quality leads to successfully tie the new building into the existing structure.

Using 3D modeling, Leopardo was able to solve sequencing and constructability issues before problems arose in the field. All trade partners collaborated in this pre-planning effort. In addition, Leopardo’s effective budget management resulted in project savings, which were allocated to additional interior refreshes.

Boulder Point

The impact of the Boulder Point facility is rooted in community development. This project addressed specific themes found in the District’s Comprehensive Master Plan including Develop New Indoor Facilities & Expand/Maintain Existing Facilities; and Expand and Improve Program Offerings. The new space allows the District to meet the current demands of their community and accommodate the growth the District is still experiencing. The project was completed on time and within budget with all project partners satisfied with the outcome.
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Project of the Year Feature – New Construction – Chicago or Suburbs (Below $20M)

January 24, 2023

BURR RIDGE – Our 3rd Project of the Year Feature is the top choice of New Construction – Chicago or Suburbs (Below $20M), which is Mooseheart Activity Center “MAC.” General contractor was R.C. Wegman; client was Mooseheart Child City & School.

When considering submissions, judging criteria is based on: quality of construction, design, impact on the community and safety record.

Mooseheart

Located on a 1,000-acre campus just outside of Chicago, Mooseheart operates as a home for at-risk children and teens from infancy through high school, providing them with a living and learning environment that offers community, stability, education and personal growth. Mooseheart students live in an array of residential units on campus in an environment designed to provide a wholesome, supportive and enriching daily life.

The Mooseheart Activities Center (MAC) provides new activity and play spaces for residents – from toddlers to high school seniors – to enjoy. The space program includes an exercise room with the latest fitness equipment, multi-purpose activity space with multi-station video game areas, movie theater space with seating for 41, 4-lane regulation bowling alley, and an outdoor splash pad. The building also includes a concessions area to further support the activities in this new center.

Mooseheart

The MAC was designed as an exciting space to draw in, engage and entertain both the Mooseheart children and teens, who range in age from 3- to 17-years old. From the colorful geometric wall patterns to the rainbow of colors in the millwork and lighting displays, the interior is packed full of energy and excitement from the moment one enters the facility. The center offers a myriad of entertainment options to appeal to all ages. The facility is divided into areas for:
• Fitness center and weight room
• Activity room and dance studio for pre-K through 5th grade
• Video gaming center area
• 4-lane bowling alley with snack bar
• Theater space with theater seating and projection
• Youth splash pad area

Mooseheart

The MAC was built to blend new building forms with the existing campus geometry of historic structures. Our team did this by orienting the building to the iconic buildings on campus such as the campanile bell tower. When looking down the spine of the activity center building, the campanile bell tower is centered on the primary entrance glazing.

Mooseheart

The interior of the space that would normally be largely cut off from natural light receives vast amounts of natural light from the clerestory windows. The lights in the circulation spaces are installed with daylight sensors, thus they are rarely required to be turned on during daylight hours.

The building is heated and cooled with conventional gas fired roof top units with hot water boiler heating, meeting current energy code standards.

 
 
 
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Project of the Year Feature – New Construction – Chicago (Above $20M)

January 17, 2023

BURR RIDGE – Our 2nd Project of the Year Feature is the top choice of New Construction – Chicago (Above $20M), which is the Plumbers Local 130 UA Parking Garage. General contractor was W.E. O’Neil; client was Plumbers Local 130 UA.

When considering submissions, judging criteria is based on: quality of construction, design, impact on the community and safety record.

The Plumbers Union wanted a parking structure that could boost attendance at their events. Beyond their immediate needs, they also saw an opportunity to create an amenity for the growing Fulton Market neighborhood. In the short term, it would provide spaces for the numerous construction workers driving to the neighborhood for its many new developments. As a long-term asset, it would provide parking opportunities for the many families moving to the surrounding area.

Plumbers 130 Parking Garage

The property is much more than a parking structure, incorporating a generous array of retail and community spaces where residents can relax and socialize. While raising the bar on the typical parking structure, the new building transforms a flat parking lot into a dynamic and modern facility neighbors can embrace. The design encourages walkability, while alleviating traffic and street parking on West Randolph Street and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Finished in 2022, this 254,000 parking structure houses 600 parking spots, 36 spaces for bikes, at-grade retail opportunities, a second-floor retail space and amenities for the Plumbers Union. Both past and future are reflected in the building’s overall look and material choices. Both in color and material, the façade of the structure pulls from the West Loop’s historic building stock, while large cutouts and planters give the parking deck a modern residential feel, uniting it with its newer neighbors.

Plumbers 130 Parking Garage

Throughout the development and construction of Parking Garage, the project team put an emphasis on community involvement. Careful and deliberate consideration was taken during the selection of trade partners. These efforts led to the hiring of seven (7) local ward residents, who remained throughout the duration of the project. Additionally, the project achieved a 50 percent Chicago residency for the onsite workforce, and of the firms subcontracted, 27 percent were MBE and 8 percent were WBE firms.

Plumbers 130 Parking Garage

Plumbers 130 Parking Garage

In designing the mixed-use parking and amenity deck, OKW Architects took inspiration from the Fulton Market neighborhood’s historic, existing, and future buildings. The combination of the nearby glassy towers, along with the re, brick-and-timber loft warehouses and homes, guided the design for how this Parking Garage harmoniously add to the future Local 130 campus and the neighborhood.

The Plumbers Local 130 UA Parking Garage project put tremendous value on safety, and it showed through their strong safety culture from start to finish.

A core value of W.E. O’Neil is safety, which was managed with a full-time, onsite safety engineer who was a Union tradesperson. Safety record information for the Plumbers Local 130 UA Parking Garage project:
• 92,091 total manhours worked on the project for all contractors
• 3 Recordable Injuries
• 4 First Aid Injuries
• No lost workdays

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Project of the Year Feature – Infrastructure

January 10, 2023

BURR RIDGE – Our 1st Project of the Year Feature is the top choice of Infrastructure, which is the Tri-State Tollway (I294)/I-57 Interchange Project, Phase Two. Construction Manager was Wight & Company. Client was Illinois Tollway.

When considering submissions, judging criteria is based on: quality of construction, design, impact on the community and safety record.

Two years ahead of schedule, the Illinois Tollway opened the final ramps to provide full access at this interchange, delivering a new gateway for commerce and economic development in the Chicago Southland region. This project FINALLY connected both Interstates – one of only two spots in the nation where interstates crossed, but did not connect.

Project of the Year

As part of the improvements, I-57 was widened between I-294 and the CSX Railroad to accommodate added traffic entering and exiting the Tollway. Other work activities included earth excavation, drainage improvements, erosion and sediment control, and retaining wall and bridge construction. In total, construction of the full interchange required nearly 157,000 cubic yards of concrete; 80,000 tons of aggregate; 32,000 tons of asphalt; about 16,000 tons of steel and more than 80,000 linear feet of steel bridge beams.

Innovations included the use of 3D modeling and a paperless construction management system. 3D models were developed from 2D construction plans and the LiDAR survey of existing topography. This allowed potential conflicts to be identified virtually and get resolved in advance of construction. The 3D model also allowed the construction management team to collect all relevant data digitally, providing a more dynamic approach to quantity verification. The construction management team relied on iPads, rather than hard copies, for accessing plans and specifications, allowing them to work from a single version of contract documents and implement changes more efficiently.

I-294/I-57 Chicago, IL

The new I-294/I-57 Interchange was designed to reduce congestion on local routes, enhance economic development and improve regional mobility by providing commuters and freight operators with completed access between the two interstates.

The completed I-294/I-57 Interchange ramps are anticipated to accommodate 76,000 vehicles per day, provide direct freight access to Chicago’s south suburbs and save drivers $4 million annually in fuel consumption. Tri-State Tollway drivers who have been using I-80 to get to I-57 will save 25 travel hours per year using the new interchange.

I-294/I-57 Chicago, IL

Concurrent with the planning and construction of the project, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning partnered with the communities of Dixmoor, Harvey, Markham, Midlothian and Posen to develop a I-294/I-57 Land Use and Economic Development Plan.

The study area encompassed a portion of the communities near the I-294/I-57 Interchange and identified key land use opportunities at interchanges and along major arterial corridors that will spur economic development both regionally and locally. Throughout construction of the new interchange, an estimated 15 million square feet of new commercial space began popping up in the Chicago Southland, including new warehouses, logistics centers and manufacturing firms in anticipation of the new access. This, in turn, has generated thousands of new jobs in the region.

Encouraging economic development and creating new jobs by building better access to the Tollway system was a key factor in planning construction of the interchange. With the new, full interchange completed, economic development officials expect more businesses will build or relocate to the area, creating still more jobs in the Chicago Southland.

I-294/I-57 Chicago, IL

The Illinois Tollway was committed to ensuring that the I-294/I-57 Interchange Project remained safe for both motorists and workers during construction, which is part of the agency’s overall commitment to roadway safety.

Work zone speed limits were in effect in all construction zones 24/7. A 45 mph work zone speed limit was in effect throughout the construction season on both I-294 and I-57. Additionally, drivers were reminded in a variety of ways – including onsite construction signage, daily construction alerts and social media – to watch for changing traffic patterns and use caution, especially when workers were present.

Maintenance-of-traffic plans maintained full capacity of the mainline pavement as much as possible. On I-294, lane shifts and weaves were sufficient for most of the work. Along I-57, collector-distributor roads and associated bridges over 147th Street were constructed and then used for three lanes of expressway traffic while the I-57 bridges over 147th Street were demolished and reconstructed in a single stage.
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CISCO announces 2022 Project of the Year Winners

December 14, 2022

BURR RIDGE – The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) announced its Project of the Year award winners today as part of its annual Pride in Construction Award Program. The program recognizes the top quality, Union construction projects in five (5) different categories, as well as three (3) individual awards: Educator of the Year, Public Body of the Year and Labor Advocate of the Year.

“We are proud to recognize these projects, project teams and organizations for this prestigious award,” said CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen. “Clearly, all entries are winners as the quality of each of these projects was evident to our Board members, who had the difficult task of choosing in each category. Amidst challenges still felt from the COVID pandemic, such as supply chain issues, general contractors, subcontractors, and the men and women who construct these buildings collaborated to stay safe, stay on time and within budget to complete these outstanding projects.”

The top project in the New Construction – Chicago (Above $20M) went to Plumbers Local 130 UA Parking Garage

This 254,000 parking structure houses 600 parking spots, 36 spaces for bikes, at-grade retail opportunities, a 2nd-floor retail space, and amenities for the Plumbers Union. Both in color and material, the façade of the structure pulls from the West Loop’s historic building stock, while large cutouts and planters give the parking deck a modern residential feel, uniting it with its newer neighbors.

Project of the Year

This 254,000 parking structure houses 600 parking spots, 36 spaces for bikes, at-grade retail opportunities, a 2nd-floor retail space, and amenities for the Plumbers Union. Both in color and material, the façade of the structure pulls from the West Loop’s historic building stock, while large cutouts and planters give the parking deck a modern residential feel, uniting it with its newer neighbors.

While raising the bar on the typical parking structure, the building transforms a flat parking lot into a dynamic and modern facility the neighbors can embrace. The design encourages walkability, while alleviating traffic and street parking on W. Randolph Street and surrounding neighborhoods. General contractor was W.E. O’Neil; client was Plumbers Local 130 UA.

The top choice in the category for New Construction – Chicago or Suburbs (Below $20M) was Mooseheart Activity Center “MAC”

Supported and operated by the Loyal Order of the Moose fraternal and service organization, Mooseheart is a unique residential facility. It operates as a home for at-risk children and teens, ranging from infancy through high school. Mooseheart provides them with a living and learning environment, which offers community, stability, education, and personal growth.
Project of the Year

As part of the campus’ $5.2M project to consolidate and improve aging recreational facilities on campus, the Mooseheart Activities Center (MAC) was built to provide new activity and play spaces for residents, which includes a fitness center, multi-station video game areas, 41-seat movie theater space, 4-lane bowling alley and an outdoor splash pad.

The main challenge with this project was the need to design as exciting space that would draw in and engage the WIDE range of ages of Mooseheart’s residents (3- to 17-years old). This was achieved with colorful geometric wall patterns and rainbow of colors in the millwork and lighting displays. General contractor was R.C. Wegman; client was Mooseheart Child City & School.

The top choice of Infrastructure projects went to Tri-State Tollway (I294)/I-57 Interchange Project, Phase Two

Two years ahead of schedule, the Illinois Tollway opened the final ramps to provide full access at this interchange, delivering a new gateway for commerce and economic development in the Chicago Southland region. This project FINALLY connected both Interstates – one of only two spots in the nation where interstates crossed, but did not connect.

Project of the Year

Phase Two of construction delivered the remaining ramps, carrying traffic to and from Chicago and completed improvements on I-57. Phase Two also added four new ramps to complete the interchange, connecting southbound I-57 to I-294, and I-294 to northbound I-57. In total, construction of the full interchange required nearly 157,000 cubic yards of concrete, 80,000 tons of aggregate, 32,000 tons of asphalt, about 16,000 tons of steel and more than 80,000 linear feet of steel bridge beams.

The completed I-294/I-57 Interchange ramps anticipate accommodating 76,000 vehicles per day and save drivers $4 million annually in fuel consumption. Tri-State Tollway drivers who have been using I-80 to get to I-57 will save 25 travel hours per year using the new interchange. Construction Manager was Wight & Company. Client was Illinois Tollway.

Among Rehabilitation projects, Boulder Point was the top vote-getter

The Boulder Point project was an addition/expansion and renovation of the Oswegoland Park District’s facility, which is home to fitness, gymnastics, theater, preschool and dance for the community. More than 3,400-square-feet were added to the center.

Project of the Year

Construction consisted of selective structural demolition and removal of various architectural elements to make way for a new lobby and programming spaces; full interior build-out with new mechanical, electrical and plumbing services; as well as millwork, stairs and finishes.

General contractor Leopardo Companies also made ADA and energy efficiency improvements and installed a new sprinkler system in classrooms and activity rooms that previously had no fire protection systems in place. General contractor was Leopardo Companies; client was Oswegoland Park District.

The top Residential Construction project chosen was Pepper Family Wildlife Center at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

When your home hasn’t been updated or modernized in more than 30 years, you know you’re in need of a facelift. However, when you’re a pride of lions at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, you’re unable to give your family more space, A/C and better landscaping. But with the combined efforts of a design team, contractors and the City of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo’s lions are comfortably enjoying their newly renovated home!

Project of the Year

The Pepper Family Wildlife Center boasts intricate rockwork, climate-controlled features, outdoor viewing shelters and an indoor meeting and event space – which can be rented, which features a Lion Loop with amazing views of the animals from the center of the habitat. Various features encourage behaviors from the wild — including a zip-line system delivering food at speed, to simulate “prey” that lions can chase down.

Within the five months of opening, a new African lion cub was born – the first at the Lincoln Park Zoo in 20 years. General contractor was Pepper Construction; client was Lincoln Park Zoo.

Individual award winners were:

Educator of the Year – Latisa Kindred – Simeon High School’s CTE Electricity Instructor
Public Body of the Year – City of Countryside
Labor Advocate of the Year – Pamyla Fountain Brown

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CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2021 Construction Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different construction categories – part of CISCO’s Annual Pride in Construction Awards for Projects of the Year. Among the entries submitted by General Contractors, Builders, Architects and other organizations, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+$20m):
Midway Security Checkpoint Expansion; GC – F.H. Paschen; Cook County.

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20m):
Forester Hotel; GC – William A. Randolph; Lake County.


New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20m): Kane County Multi-Use Facility; GC – R.C. Wegman; Kane County.

Infrastructure: I-294 Mile Long Bridge; GC – F. H. Paschen; Cook County.


Rehabilitation: Queen Bee School District Additions/Renovations; GC – Riley Construction; DuPage County.

Residential: Westerly; GC – James McHugh Construction; Cook County.

CISCO wishes to recognize each and every entry for its quality of construction, design, impact on the community and safety record. Even under extreme circumstances, amidst an unprecedented pandemic, general contractors, subcontractors and the men and women who construct these buildings collaborated to stay safe, stay on time, and within budget to complete these amazing projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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