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Neighborhood Update: October 2013

Dear Neighbor:

Construction on the Ability Institute of RIC, located at 355 East Erie, is entering a new phase this month. With caissons complete, we are transitioning to the earth-retention phase of the project. Earth retention will be installed around the perimeter of the site and at the center core to facilitate excavation and foundation construction. The installation of the earth-retention system utilizes vibratory equipment that will drive steel sheeting into the ground. At times, there may be the need to utilize a hammer if an obstruction or certain soil conditions are encountered. There will be intermittent noise throughout the day as each steel sheet is installed.  You may also notice vibrations during this process. These vibrations are not damaging and will be closely monitored throughout this phase.

Once installed, additional supports and anchors will be positioned to further support the steel sheeting. Concurrent with earth-retention installation, we will begin excavation, underground piping, and electrical installation, and concrete placement for the foundation. 

You may notice additional truck traffic during this phase. We remain committed to radioing trucks in as needed to avoid staging and idling in the neighborhood as much as possible. We will continue to have temporary roadways within the site to allow trucks to be brought into the site immediately. We do monitor this situation closely and work to rectify any issues in real time on the rare occasion they do arise.    

Regular work hours are anticipated to be from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On occasion, there may be a need to work until 8:00 p.m. Delivery of materials and arrival of the crews will continue to take place between approximately 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. There may be instances where trucks are brought on site earlier in the morning to avoid additional impacts to rush-hour traffic in the area. Due to reduced daylight hours, temporary lighting will continue to be utilized for the safety of our construction crew during work hours. We will direct the lighting into the site and away from residences as much as possible to minimize the impact to the community.

We will continue to coordinate with Alderman Reilly’s office, the City of Chicago and neighboring institutions to try to mitigate the construction impacts on local residents as much as possible. Thank you for your continued partnership.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at mhoffmann@ric.org or 312-238-7522.

Thank You,

Melissa Hoffmann
RIC Community Relations Liaison