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Neighborhood Update: January 2014

Dear Neighbor,

We are writing to give you an update on construction of the Ability Institute of RIC, located at 355 East Erie Street. As you may have noticed, we are in the process of wrapping up underground work at the site and shifting our focus to the above ground core and parking garage.

As you have recently experienced, typical construction work hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (although some days work may extend to 8:00 p.m.), Monday through Saturday. You may notice some activity on the site 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. The sounds you will hear will continue to be trucks arriving and departing, concrete preparation and pouring, generators and general conversation.

In the coming months, you will notice fewer dump trucks and an increase in concrete trucks servicing the site. In an effort to limit late night concrete pours we have re-engineered our concrete placement procedure for the concrete pours. The size of each pour has been reduced, in order to mitigate the need for pours to continue beyond 8 p.m. in the cold weather. While there is still the possibility for a pour to extend past 8 p.m. due to circumstances out of our control (traffic delays, weather issues, etc.), we are confident that the updated procedure will greatly reduce these occurrences.

In addition, we now have on-site security in place during non-working hours. This security will be in place until the building is opened, and RIC’s in-house security takes over, which is anticipated to occur in 2016. These are off-hours guards are employed by a private security firm contracted by RIC. Moreover, the security are not part of the construction team, and will not be performing any construction work while on site.

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 mhoffmann@ric.org or 312-238-7522.

Thank You,

Melissa Hoffmann