Public Building Commission Celebrates a 2009 of Success With 15 Projects Completed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2010
Kevin Smith, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Public Building Commission of Chicago celebrated the years end and the successful completion of 15 projects, including 13 new facilities and two renovations of existing facilities.

Included in those projects were the opening of both the new Beverly Branch Library and the new 7th District Police Station in the Englewood neighborhood in the spring.

The summer of 2009 marked the completion of the Bromann Park Playlot and the Bontemps School Campus Park. In addition, the new Jesse Owens Park Fieldhouse in the Calumet Heights neighborhood and the new Taylor-Lauridsen Park Fieldhouse in Canaryville were opened on behalf of the Chicago Park District. The summer also marked the opening of the new Norwood Park Satellite Senior Center on behalf of the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

The Public Building Commission delivered five new schools on the first day of class, September 8, 2009 on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools. These facilities include the new Westinghouse High School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, the new Irene C. Hernandez Middle School for the Advancement of the Sciences in the Gage Park neighborhood, and three new elementary schools: Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School in the Near West Side neighborhood and Langston Hughes Elementary School in the Roseland neighborhood.

The new Western Boulevard Vehicle Maintenance Facility was completed for the Department of Fleet Management in the fall of 2009 along with two CPS elementary school stairwell modifications. The new windows in the stairwells at both the Richard J. Daley Elementary School in New City and the Ella Flagg Young Elementary School in the Austin community bring much needed natural daylight into each school.

The Public Building Commission was able to achieve this volume of project development while also maintaining its commitment to both economic and environmental sustainability. All of the new buildings that were completed in 2009 targeted certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. In 2009, the PBC received notice that its 20th project had achieved LEED certification. The City of Chicago has more municipally-owned LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the nation.

Each project was also developed in concert with the PBC's dedication to economic sustainability, which the PBC pursues through contract provisions that require minority- and women-owned business enterprise participation; that require community resident hiring; that require 50 percent of the labor force be residents of the City of Chicago; and that incentivizes the employment of apprentices and minority and female workers.

On the 15 construction projects that were completed in 2009, minority- and women-owned business enterprise participation exceeded 40 percent. Of the $243.3 million in construction costs for these projects, 33.82 percent, or $82.3 million, went to MBE firms, while 6.2 percent, or $15.1 million, went to WBE firms. During 2009, the PBC also bid and awarded 14 general contractor contracts valued at $167.4 million. The minority- and women-owned business enterprise commitment exceeded 33.5 percent for these 14 projects.

The PBC manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC's chairman. Additional information about the PBC and its projects is available at the agency's Web site: www.pbcchicago.com.

RELATED PROJECTS
7th District Police Station
Chicago Police Department
Past Project
1438 West 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60636
Community: West Englewood
Ward: 16
Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy
CPS - New Schools
Past Project
2231 North Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Community: Belmont Cragin
Ward: 36
Beverly Branch Library
Chicago Public Library
Past Project
1962 West 95th
Chicago, IL 60643
Community: Beverly
Ward: 19
Bontemps School Campus Park
Campus Park
Past Project
1241 West 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60636
Community: West Englewood
Ward: 16
Bromann Playlot Park
Chicago Park District
Past Project
5400 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Community: Edgewater
Ward: 48
Richard J. Daley Elementary School Stairwell
CPS - School Renovation
Past Project
5024 South Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60609
Community: New City
Ward: 20
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School for the Advancement of the Sciences
CPS - New Schools
Past Project
3510 West 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60629
Community: Gage Park
Ward: 14
Langston Hughes Elementary School
CPS - New Schools
Past Project
240 West 104th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Community: Roseland
Ward: 34
Jesse Owens Park Fieldhouse
Chicago Park District
Past Project
8800 South Clyde Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
Community: Calumet Heights
Ward: 8
Norwood Park
Senior Satellite Center
Past Project
5801 North Natoma
Chicago, IL 60631
Community: Norwood Park
Ward: 41
Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
CPS - New Schools
Past Project
1260 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Community: Near West Side
Ward: 27
Taylor-Lauridsen Park Fieldhouse
Chicago Park District
Past Project
704 West 42nd Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Community: New City
Ward: 11
Western Blvd. Vehicle Maintenance Facility
City of Chicago
Past Project
5201 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60609
Community: Gage Park
Ward: 16
George Westinghouse College Prep
CPS - New Schools
Past Project
3223 West Franklin Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60612
Community: Humboldt Park
Ward: 28
Ella Flagg Young Elementary School Stairwell
CPS - School Renovation
Past Project
1434 North Parkside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651
Community: Austin
Ward: 29
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