Restoration of Chicago’s Union Station Great Hall completes


Chicago’s Union Station Great Hall, originally designed in 1925, needed substantial repairs due to water leakage and deterioration due to flaws in the original design.

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New Developer Onboard for Chicago's Union Station Makeover

Construction Equipment

Chicago has one of the best passenger rail systems in the country and with the selection of Riverside Investment & Development to renovate the elderly station, riding the rails will become even better. The 1925 Beaux-Arts limestone station borders Chicago's Loop on the west side.

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$900M phase of Union Station redevelopment in Chicago would create 5K+ construction jobs

Construction Dive

Chicago's city council on Wednesday will vote on this piece of the overall $1.5 billion redevelopment of the historic train station, which includes a 1.5 million-square-foot, 50-story office tower and public park

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Owners, Contractors, Unions Team to Boost Recruits in Chicago Construction

ENR Construction

Effort has a $1.7-million budget next year to assist in craft and entrepreneurial skillbuilding

Let there be light: Union Station Great Hall


Originally completed in 1925, Chicago’s Union Station was designated a landmark in 2002 and listed by AIA Illinois as one of the 200 Illinois Great Places.

Chicago Union Station's Great Hall Restored to Original Splendor

ENR Construction

Architect Goettsch Partners and contractor Berglund Construction use isuspended platform to deliver classic Beaux-arts restoration

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Arup chosen to lead renovations of Chicago’s Union Station


The engineering and architectural firm Arup has been selected to lead the design work for renovations to Chicago’s historic Union Station. The City of Chicago, railroad service company Amtrak, and a collection of Chicago transportation entities, including the commuter railroad service Metra, worked together on the decision

IBEW Local 134 Union Hall: Union lights a 'beacon'


Drake elementary school was one of 47 elementary schools decommissioned by Chicago Public Schools in 2014, due to declining student enrollment. The building, constructed in the 1960s in the Bronzeville neighborhood, south of the Loop, attracted the interest of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134, which was looking to move out of its West Side union hall

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Chicago building owners, managers sue city over fair work week law

Construction Dive

The Building Owners and Managers Association says the law, set to go into effect in July, would give too much power to unions

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How to Avoid a Commercial Construction Scandal

Commercial Construction

While there are three sides to every story, recent commercial construction news stories like this one from the Chicago Tribune , “Construction firm caught in contract probe” , really burn me up. The best Chicago construction firms play by the rules and do business above board.

Commercial Construction Highs and Lows of 2011

Commercial Construction

We saw drawings for new Chicago restaurant projects, retail construction work, office renovations, school construction and learning center additions – you name it, we saw it. Regardless, there’s no denying the union construction jobs/markets are taking a big hit.

Metra Union Pacific/West Commuter Railroad Station


Construction of Chicago’s new Metra Union Pacific/West commuter railroad station in Lombard, Ill., marks a major improvement for riders as well as the residents of the Village of Lombard. Prior to building the sparkling new station, riders simply boarded from two uncovered platforms. Now, the nearly 1,300 weekday riders enjoy the convenience and shelter of 250 linear feet of curved metal roof canopies on either side of the tracks

Sterling Bay proposes SOM-designed office tower near Chicago’s newly opened Transit Center at Union Station


The very active developer Sterling Bay has proposed a 958-foot-tall, 2-million-sf office tower that would be connected to Union Station in Chicago’s West Loop, on real estate owned by Amtrak. The office tower would be one of the tallest in the city

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Owners, Contractors, Unions Team to Boost Recruits in Chicago-Area Construction

ENR Construction

Effort has a $1.7-million budget next year to assist in craft and entrepreneurial skillbuilding

Former Chicago Ready-Mix Teamsters Local's Leadership Ousted, Lawsuit Planned

ENR Construction

The union that represents Chicago area ready-mix concrete truck drivers and owner-operators has been put into trusteeship by the Teamsters national organization.

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What Wal-Mart in Pullman Means for Chicago Retail and Restaurant Construction … and My Heart

Commercial Construction

The recent Chicago City Council approval of a second Wal-Mart in the city limits is excellent news for Chicago’s commercial construction industry. All in all, Chicago general commercial construction contractors should see an uptick in work. Unions, politics, retail construction.

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Chicago’s Pipe Fitters Local 597 devoted to keeping members ready for the future


As technology manager at Chicago’s Pipe Fitters Local 597’s 200,000-square-foot training facility, Mike Zivanovic does his part to prepare Chicago pipe fitters for any and every job. Local Union 597 is one of the largest locals within the United Association (UA), a North American union representing the pipe fitting, sprinkler fitting and plumbing trades.

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Clayco Begins Work on New Keesler Federal Union Branch

Construction Superintendent Magazine

CHICAGO, Ill. Clayco has begun work on a new Keesler Federal Credit Union branch in Gautier, Miss. The Gautier facility makes use of the prototype concept and closely follows the design of the Keesler Federal Credit Union branch in Long Beach, Miss.

First Chicago-area George Meany award given to UA President William Hite

Contractor Magazine

It’s no small coincidence that William Hite, president of the United Association of Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Technicians (UA), received the first ever Boy Scouts of America Chicago Area Council AFL- CIO George Meany Award.

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How to Choose the Best General Contractor to Partner with for your “First” Commercial Construction Project

Commercial Construction

It’s a pretty cool ground-up commercial construction project for us because not only is it the first time we’ve worked with this national retail brand, but it’s also the very first Farm & Fleet store in the Chicago area.

Centers of Technology: The Future Is Now

Business Facilities

CHICAGO AIMS FOR THE TOP OF THE TECH CHART. Chicago is rising up in ranks to become the next big place for technology innovation. Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Institute (DMDII), has partnered with McKinsey & Co. By Jenny Vickers.

A place of ‘voluntary and cheerful resort’


In the 30 years following the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago built 169 public schools to serve the city’s exploding population. One of these was the James Mulligan Public School, named for the Union general who led Illinois’ “Irish Brigade.” He died in 1864 of wounds sustained in the Second Battle of Kernstown, Va

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Women in Construction – As Told By Women

Construction Marketing

About unions…. Tamara Rivera, a former carpenter with 24 years of experience and now a council representative for the New York City Council of Carpenters, says that unions have an effect on the types of jobs women are offered: “Women experience construction very differently on the non-union versus the union side. You see very few women in [the non-union] side, and if you do see them they’re holding a stop or slow sign or flagging.

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Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Commercial Construction

Union Considerations: As prefabricated elements and modular components become more sophisticated and more commonplace, will the shops where they are manufactured be unionized?

6th National Conference for Women in the Trades April 29 – May 1

Construction Equipment

Sponsored by Chicago Women in Trades and North America’s Building Trades Unions, the April 29 - May 1, 2016 event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Conference Center, Rosemont, Illinois near O'Hare

Commercial Construction Trends: More than the Menu—New Restaurant Construction Best Served with an Experience

Commercial Construction

Last year, Englewood Construction completed the Chicago Sports Museum, an 8,000-square-foot interactive museum at the new Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in Chicago’s Water Tower Place. which is attached to Union Pizzeria, and several other hot concert venues in the Chicago area.

Illinois: Unveiling the Future of Digital Design and Manufacturing

Business Facilities

L ast year, Chicago celebrated the highly anticipated grand opening of the new UI Labs Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) on Goose Island. The vacancy rate for Chicago-area industrial space fell to six percent this year, with demand remaining strong.

State of the Construction Industry: April Roundup


Green rooftops on skyscrapers, like this one in downtown Chicago, may soon be required in New York City. New construction technologies to attract younger workers, a push toward green building and the good and bad news in safety — these highlight some of the top stories in April.

constructionattorneyblog: Arbitrator's Change of Award Upheld

Construction Lawyer

Werner Sabo is a partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn in Chicago. He is a member various professional organizations, has been an officer and director of the Chicago Chapter AIA, President of the Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute, and writes a regular construction law column for The Construction Specifier. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Illinois Revives Premier Corporate Tax Incentives

Business Facilities

Positioned in the heart of Chicago’s prestigious northwest suburbs, Wheeling is an ideal community to operate a business. Home to over 800 businesses, it is one of the largest business-industrial hubs in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. By the BF Staff.

Women to the Rescue: How to Solve The Skilled Labor Shortage in Construction


Likewise, Chicago Women in Trades provides training, resources and mentorship opportunities for women in Illinois interested in becoming bricklayers, carpenters, electricians and other skilled workers. And the Iron Workers, in April 2017, became the first building trades union to offer up to eight months of paid maternity leave. If you work in the construction industry, you likely know the labor shortage has been a significant problem for some time now.

Managing from the Mother Ship: How a National Commercial Contractor Operates

Commercial Construction

The other day I was talking with a Chicago-area client who didn’t realize Englewood is a national general contractor that manages national commercial construction projects across the country. He asked me, “You only have offices in Chicago, right?

Business Facilities’ 2019 Metro Rankings Report

Business Facilities

With two locations in Denver (Union Station and in the Lower Highlands), WeWork has the capacity for up to 2,000 workers. By Business Facilities Staff. From the July/August 2019 Issue. 15th Annual Rankings: 2019 Metro Rankings Report. ATLANTA NO. 1 IN GROWTH POTENTIAL.

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Detroit Symbolizes the Fall of the Industrial Economy

Collaborative Construction

When you steal it, like the Kelptocrats in Detroit, Chicago, LA, NYC and Washington, D.C. Greedy Wall Street tycoons, union bosses, Big Three auto execs, corrupt politicians, lousy cops, LeDuff scorches everyone in his path with real and vivid tales of their dastardly deeds and ineptitude.

Batory Foods Expanding In Illinois

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

Located in Will County, less than 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, RidgePort Logistics Center is a developing 14 million-square-foot rail-served park situated on more than 1,500 acres.

Business Report: Illinois Leaders Form Non-Profit to Spur Job Creation

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

A Massachusetts food processor is opening a factory in northwest suburban Wheeling, bringing more than 125 new jobs to the state, according to a report in Crain’s Chicago Business. By Jonathan Sanders From the March/April 2016 Issue.

East vs. West

Business Facilities

By train, cargo can get to Chicago in four days. The 17-day Shanghai-to-Chicago transit time using Southern California compares with the 28 days it would take for the same destination using an all-water route to an eastern port via the Panama Canal.

Logistics: On the Road, Water or Rails…or in the Air — AGAIN

Business Facilities

Chicago is the nation’s rail hub that connects six of the seven class one railroads. per square foot, lower than the Chicago Market average of $4.84. rail freight passes through Chicago’s rail yards. By Dominique Cantelme From the May/June 2016 Issue.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings

Business Facilities

The Obama Administration is moving forward with an aggressive federally funded program, first announced by the president in his 2013 State of the Union address, to create advanced manufacturing hubs in emerging growth sectors. By Business Facilities Staff. From the July/August 2014 issue.

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The Reasons BIM is Going Nowhere Fast

Building Information Management

July 16th, 2012 – NIBS Report - National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council . Per the NIBS Consultative Council there are four areas where our industry needs to focus highlights four in order to improve buildings and infrastructure. Defining High-Performance and Common Metrics. Codes and Standards Adoption and Enforcement. Energy and Water Efficiency; and. Sustainability.

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