Neighborhood Update: February 2014 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Neighborhood Update: February 2014

Dear Neighbor,

We are writing to give you an update regarding the construction of the Ability Institute of RIC, located at 355 East Erie Street. Work continues on the core of the building, and we will begin construction on the garage this week.

The aboveground core will continue to be the main focus of construction, including the erection of scaffolding in the coming weeks and continued reinforcement of the formwork. Concrete placement for the first three floors of the garage of the building will also begin this week and continue over the coming months. As a result, you will see an increase in concrete trucks delivering ready-mix to the site. We have reduced the size of these pours in order to mitigate the need to work beyond 8:00 p.m. While there is still the possibility for manual concrete finishing to extend past 8:00 p.m. due to circumstances out of our control (traffic delays, weather issues, equipment failures, etc.), we are confident that the updated procedure will greatly reduce these occurrences.

Typical construction work hours will continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (although some days work may extend to 8:00 p.m.), Monday through Saturday. Construction noise levels and impacts will be similar to what you have experienced in previous months, including truck traffic, concrete preparation and pouring, as well as general conversation and equipment usage. As previously mentioned, you may notice some activities outside of these hours and days, including Sundays. Usually, this work will be related to activities such as mobilization and setup, deliveries, refuse removal, necessary equipment repairs, weather protection, temporary heating, concrete finishing, and concrete prep or rough-in work. There will also be certain instances where critical events will need to occur on a Sunday; for instance, crane and hoist jumps, post tensioning of cables in the garage, water pumping, weather protection and fireproofing, as well as snow and rain removal. During these occasions, the number of people on the site will typically be small crews of less than 25 and usually closer to 10 people. All work will be performed consistent with City of Chicago ordinances.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work towards revolutionizing the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine. If you have any questions or concerns related to the construction of the Ability Institute of RIC, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 312-238-7522.

Thank You,

Melissa Hoffmann