January 2015 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Neighborhood Update: January 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Construction continues on RIC’s new Research Hospital, located at 355 East Erie Street. The concrete core has been completed to level 28, steel is being erected on level 27, concrete deck pours are ongoing through level 19, and exterior windows are being completed up to level 10. Over the next month, we will continue steel erection, concrete deck pours and window installation. In addition, interior build outs will begin on levels 10 and 11.

As a reminder, full construction work and manpower levels (between 250 to 350 workers) continues to take place Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. As is customary with Chicago construction, some activity occurs 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 approximately 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 early this summer. Whenever reasonably possible, we will send a notice of such Sunday activities.

Although the days are getting longer, you may still 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, should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at mhoffmann@ric.org 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