Neighborhood Update: May 2014 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Neighborhood Update: May 2014

Dear Neighbor,

The ongoing construction at the Ability Institute of RIC, located at 355 East Erie Street, continues in spite of the challenging weather this past winter and spring.  Last month, four floors of the concrete coreform work were finished.  The erection of trailing scaffolding on the core is ongoing and the construction of decks throughout the rest of the site continues; the deck is currently being completed on level two. Site operations related to the core and the parking garage will remain our primary activity over the coming month.

Two exterior hoist towers (elevators) will be installed on site, in order to facilitate the movement of manpower and supplies. Each tower will have two hoist cars, which will expand until placement of permanent elevators are completed. The first hoist, on the south side of the site, will begin operation in the coming weeks. The second hoist will operate on the east side of the site and will be installed at a later date still to be determined.

Regular construction traffic will continue to be radioed in as needed, and will include the delivery of materials and ready-mix concrete to the site daily. Additionally, as the building rises during this phase of construction, you may begin to notice building lighting. The majority of lighting will be switched on in the morning and off in the evening hours with a timer to minimize the impact to the neighborhood. A portion of the lighting (i.e., stairs, etc.) is required to be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for life safety in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the larger lights for the floors themselves will be equipped with specially designed shields, in order to further minimize any impact to the community.

Typical construction work hours will continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (at times extending to 8:00 p.m.) Monday through Saturday. As outlined in previous updates, you may notice some activity on site outside of these times. For instance, the hoists mentioned above will operate outside of regular work hours; this is primarily as employees arrive and depart their work stations each day. These electric hoists will be similar to ambient street level noise while in use. For additional information regarding anticipated activity outside of regular work hours, please click here.

As always, 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