Neighborhood Update: September 2014 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Neighborhood Update: September 2014

Dear Neighbor,

As you have seen, construction continues on RIC’s new Research Hospital. Since the beginning of September, the core has been completed to level nineteen and steel has been erected to level eleven. We wanted to update you about activities occurring in the next few months; namely, construction will continue with steel erection,  concrete pours, interior build outs and the installation of windows.  Also, the second hoist (located on the east side) is scheduled to be installed in late October to facilitate the movement of manpower and supplies. 

Full construction work and manpower levels (between 150 to 250 workers) will take place Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. As is customary with Chicago construction, some activity may occur outside of these hours, such as: mobilization and setup, deliveries, refuse removal, necessary equipment repairs, weather protection, temporary heating, concrete finishing, and concrete prep or rough-in work. In addition, there will continue to be regular, permitted activities occurring on Sundays. On average, the number of workers will be in the range of 15 to 30 individuals. Sunday activities may include: tower crane and hoist work (erection, repair, dismantlement and jumps), special lifts or deliveries, utility work, street closures, weather protection, fireproofing, etc. This type of work will continue until the building is enclosed, which we anticipate will be May of 2015.

With the decrease in daylight hours, you may notice the building lighting. The site is illuminated for safety purposes during loading/unloading operations, arrivals, departures and regular work hours. The majority of lights are shielded and controlled by a timer to minimize the neighborhood impact as much as possible. We continue to monitor the shields and timers, and make adjustments where feasible. 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.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns related to the construction of RIC’s new Research Hospital, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 312-238-7522. We truly appreciate your patience during the development of this cutting edge new facility, and look forward to many more years of partnership with the Streeterville community.

Thank You,

Melissa Hoffmann