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Commercial Building Leaders Help Chicago to Attain Energy Goals

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The city’s Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative aims to reduce commercial energy use in participating buildings by 20% over the next five years. Two major commercial building operators—JLL and Urban Innovations—have together reduced energy use by nearly 3 million kilowatt hours annually, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
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The Multifamily Challenge: Sustainability and Certification

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Approximately one in four Americans lives in a multifamily building. And of those buildings, 60% were constructed prior to 1980. When it comes to greening—and certifying—our building stock, existing, multifamily buildings offer at once great opportunities and terrific challenges.
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Motorola, Mobilized

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This is not just a workspace, it is a rebirth. Motorola Mobility has had a turbulent last few years; first being disjoined from the storied Motorola, Inc. to being purchased by Google and ultimately sold off to Chinese technology firm Lenovo. Amidst all this, the company moved its headquarters into a new, vibrant space in the Merchandise Mart.
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Overall Water Usage Declines in the U.S.

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Kelli Foy

Those of us living in the Great Lakes region might take it for granted, but water conservation is an important part of creating a secure environment. A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report boasts some good news on this front for sustainability experts.
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Energy Benchmarking Begins at Your Roof

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Bill McHugh, CRC Executive Director

Whether it’s a new project or a retrofit, saving energy and money starts at the top. Nowhere are a building’s extremes more evident than the roof, especially last winter season. This is where heat is lost in winter and infiltrates in summer; where wind and precipitation meet the building’s top with a vengeance, challenging it physically and structurally.
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Through September 10, 2014

November 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Amended
4-92-052 Premises (Massage Establishments and Massage Services)
17-6-0403 Use Table and Standards (Special Purpose Districts)
17-11-0201 Vehicular Use Areas — Applicability (Landscaping and Screening)
17-11-0202 Vehicular Use Areas — Perimeter Landscaping, Screening and Fencing (Landscaping and Screening)

New Facility Will Train Union Electricians in Next-Gen Technologies

November 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The IBEW NECA Technical Institute (IN TECH) campus has long been a recognizable site to drivers on I-294 as they travel through southwest suburban Alsip. It will soon stand out even more, however, after distinctive structures including turbines and solar panels go up. That’s not to mention a building that will look like the latest spaceship to land in the Chicago region since the Soldier Field redesign.
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Lucas Museum Starts to Take Shape

November 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The renderings are in for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that will go up on a parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field. Filmmaker George Lucas announced the project earlier this year and tapped Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the museum.
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Through July 30th, 2014

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
Chapter 4-58 Restrictions on BYOB
13-96-875 Rules and Regulations (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)

Amended
2-12-010 Powers and Duties (City Clerk)
2-12-080 Deputy City Clerk — Appointment — Powers and Duties (City Clerk)
2-92-605 Sweatshop-Free Procurement (Department of Purchases, Contracts and Supplies)
2-156-380 Powers and Duties (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-445 Limitation of Contributing to Candidates and Elected Officials (Governmental Ethics)
3-56-160 Rules and Regulations (Wheel Tax Licenses)
3-64-030 Surcharge Imposed (Emergency Telephone System)
4-4-333 Synthetic Marijuana (General Licensing Provisions)
4-4-334 Synthetic Stimulants (General Licensing Provisions)
4-4-338 Cell Phones and Other Wireless Communication Equipment (General Licensing Provisions)
4-240-010 Definitions (Pawnbrokers)
4-240-070 Maintenance of Records (Pawnbrokers)
4-264-005 Definitions (Secondhand Dealers)
4-264-050 Recordkeeping (Secondhand Dealers)
4-264-070 Disassembling, Melting & Rebuilding Articles (Secondhand Dealers)
4-264-075 Removal of Identifying Marks Prohibited (Secondhand Dealers)
7-24-099 Possession of Cannabis (Drugs and Narcotics)
7-50-020 Fees — Use of Revenue — Applicability (Wireless Communication)
7-51-030 Surcharge Imposed — Applicability (Chicago Prepaid Wireless 911 Surcharge)
8-4-060 Vandalism Defined (Public Peace and Welfare)
8-4-070 Responsibility of Parent or Legal Guardian (Public Peace and Welfare)
8-4-120 Damage to Public Property (Public Peace and Welfare)
9-40-060 Driving, Standing or Parking on Bicycle Paths or Lanes — Prohibited (Driving Rules)
9-64-090 Residential Parking Permit (Parking Regulations)
9-68-020 Residential Parking Permits (Restricted Parking Permits and Regulations)
9-68-021 Sale of Residential Parking Permits (Restricted Parking Permits and Regulations)
9-80-205 Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (Miscellaneous Rules)
13-20-330 Tanks — Inspection Required (Building Inspections)
13-20-340 Tanks — Inspection Fee (Building Inspections)
13-20-650 Height and Location (Building Inspections)
13-32-231 Rooftop Gravity Tank Wrecking — Permit Required (Building Permits)
13-96-415 Definition (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-420 Water Tanks and Tank Supporting Structures (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-820 General Requirements (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-830 Maintenance (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-840 Inspection (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-850 Compliance (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-860 Unsafe Structures (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
13-96-870 Rust Protection (Miscellaneous Buildings and Structures)
15-16-290 Gravity Tanks (Fire Protection Equipment)
17-3-0207 Use Table and Standards (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-4-0207 Use Table and Standards (Downtown Districts)
17-5-0207 Use Table and Standards (Manufacturing Districts)
17-6-0207 Use Table and Standards (Special Purpose Districts)
17-9-0100 Use Standards (Use Regulations)
17-9-0118 Wireless Communication Facilities (Use Regulations)
17-9-0129 Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organization (Use Regulations)
17-9-0203 Satellite Dish Antennas (Use Regulations)
17-10-0207 Off Street Parking (Parking and Loading)
17-17-0296 Marquee Sign (Terminology and Measurements)
17-17-02150 Roof Sign (Terminology and Measurements)

Lucas Museum Taps Chicago Firms Gang, VOA as Part of Design Team

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

George Lucas announced in June that Chicago would be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), and he has today revealed the team of architects and designers who will bring his vision to life. Beijing-based MAD Architects will be the principal designers. Chicago-based Studio Gang will design the landscape and create a bridge connecting LMNA to Northerly Island while another Chicago-based firm, VOA Associates, will serve as executive architect and implement the MAD design.
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