The Right Window Means a New Lease on Life … and New Leases

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The elder sibling of Prudential Plaza turns 60 this year. As a birthday gift, it’s getting a $100 million upgrade which includes new mechanical systems, a 10,000 square foot outdoor deck and other improvements. The most extensive change, however, is hidden in plain sight: the replacement of every window in the building’s façade.
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Waste Management’s Dirty Little Secret

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

The hauling and handling of garbage is a job that few of us really want to think about. But we should, because the industry has a huge potential to increase landfill diversion, resource conservation, material reuse and, perhaps most importantly, jobs.
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Through December 10, 2014

February 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Added
Chapter 2-157 Large Lot Program
4-4-312 Businesses — Chronic Illegal Activities Premises (General Licensing Provisions)
9-112-565 Consolidated Taxicab Electronic Dispatch Applications (Hazardous Use Units)

Repealed
4-60-142 Responsibilities of Licensee (Liquor Dealers)
4-60-190 Complaint Procedure (Liquor Dealers)
4-60-195 Public Nuisance (Liquor Dealers)

Amended
4-4-050 License — Application (General Licensing Provisions)
4-4-313 Business That Are or Cause a Nuisance (General Licensing Provisions)
4-60-040 License — Application and Issuance Procedures (Liquor Dealers)
4-60-070 Issuance Authority — Special Licenses (Liquor Dealers)
4-60-180 License Revocation — One Year Wait For New License (Liquor Dealers)
4-60-181 Revocation Order Not Stayed by Appeal (Liquor Dealers)
4-388-090 Applicability of Code — Sale and Service of Alcoholic Beverages (Rooftops in Wrigley Field Adjacent Area)
9-104-040 License — Suspension and Revocation (Public Chauffeurs)
9-104-140 Violation — Penalty (Public Chauffeurs)
9-112-030 Total Number of Licenses (Taxicabs)
9-112-070 Specifications for Taxicab Vehicles (Taxicabs)
9-112-100 Qualifications for License (Taxicabs)
9-112-220 Lease Rate Regulations (Taxicabs)
9-112-230 Tiered Lease Rate Structure (Taxicabs)
9-112-240 Medallion License Only Lease Agreements (Taxicabs)
9-112-410 Advertising Signs Permitted When (Taxicabs)
9-112-430 License and Other Taxicab Industry License Transfers (Taxicabs)
9-112-600 Taxicab Rates of Fare — Revision (Taxicabs)
9-112-610 Recordkeeping — Financial Reports (Taxicabs)
9-112-630 Violation — Penalty (Taxicabs)
9-114-040 Qualifications for License (Public Passenger Vehicles Other Than Taxicabs)
13-12-340 Re-Examination (Enforcement of Building, Electrical and Fire Regulations)
17-3-0503 Designation and Boundaries (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-4-1002 Floor Area Ratio Bonus Menu (Downtown Districts)
17-4-1004 Affordable Housing (Downtown Districts)
17-4-1020 Transit Station Improvements (Downtown Districts)
17-9-0129 Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organizations and Cultivation Centers (Use Regulations)

Through December 2, 2014

February 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Added
Chapter 1-24 The Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance

Amended
2-25-050 Powers and Duties of the Department (Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)
2-92-320 Ineligibility for City Transactions — Other Offenses (Department of Purchases, Contracts and Supplies)
2-92-610 Contracts Requiring a Base Wage (Department of Purchases, Contracts and Supplies)
4-4-320 License Denial, Revocation or Suspension for Certain Offenses (General Licensing Provisions)

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

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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 November 19, 2014

January 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Added
2-154-017 Diversity in Firms – Debt Obligation Transactions (Disclosure of Ownership)
2-154-018 Diversity in Firms – Outside Brokers (Disclosure of Ownership)
17-12-1104 Chicago River Corridor Special Sign Dristrict (Signs)

Repealed
1-12-020 City Clocks to Show Official Time (Official City Time)
1-12-030 Violation – Penalty (Official City Time)
1-16-080 Severability (Nuclear Weapon Free Zone)
4-156-033 Additional Tax Imposed on Sellers of Tickets (Amusements)
4-156-490 License – Revocation (Amusements)
9-104-050 Applicant – Fingerprints and Photograph (Public Chauffeurs)

Amended
1-4-040 Administrative Copies – City Clerk Powers and Duties (Code Adoption – Organization)
1-4-060 Publication of Code – Conditions (Code Adoption – Organization)
1-4-150 Zoning Ordinance Adopted (Code Adoption – Organization)
1-12-010 Official City Time Designated (Official City Time)
1-16-010 Definitions (Nuclear Weapon Free Zone)
2-25-050 Powers and Duties of the Department (Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)
2-51-050 Commissioner of Fleet and Facility Management – Powers and Duties (Department of Fleet and Facilities Management)
2-57-040 Chief Administrator – Powers and Duties (Independent Police Review Authority)
2-64-025 Educational Materials – Purchasing Authority (Municipal Libraries)
2-84-160 Sale of Siezed Property (Department of Police)
2-84-330 Conduct of Disciplinary Investigations (Department of Police)
2-102-030 Commissioner – Powers and Duties (Department of transportation)
3-24-020 Definitions – Construction (Chicago Hotel Accommodations Tax)
3-27-030 Tax Imposed (Chicago Use Tax for Nontitled Personal Property)
3-32-020 Definitions (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Fee)
3-32-030 Tax Imposed (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Fee)
3-32-050 Exempt Leases, Rentals or Uses (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Fee)
3-56-040 Issuance (Wheel Tax License)
3-56-050 Fees – Late Fees (Wheel Tax License)
3-56-070 Wheel Tax License Emblem (Wheel Tax License)
4-68-130 Fees for Ambulance Services (Ambulances)
4-156-010 Definitions (Amusements)
4-156-020 Tax Imposed (Amusements)
4-156-030 Collection, Payment and Accounting (Amusements)
4-156-440 Ventilation (Amusements)
4-236-010 Definitions (Parking Lot and Garage Operation Tax)
4-236-020 Tax Imposed (Parking Lot and Garage Operation Tax)
4-236-025 Additional Tax Imposed on Valet Parking Businesses (Parking Lot and Garage Operation Tax)
4-280-330 Funding (Cable Communication)
4-280-600 Payment of Fee to Support Public, Educational and Government Access (Cable Communication)
4-288-030 Application – Qualification for Administration (Crane Operators)
7-12-140 License Required (Animal Care and Control)
7-30-020 Recycling Program Requirements (Plastic Carryout Bag and Film Plastic Recycling Ordinance)
7-38-117 Mobile Food Vehicle Stands Program (Food Establishments – Sanitary Operating Requirements)
9-68-020 Residential Parking Permits (Restricted Parking – Permits and Regulations)
9-68-028 Industrial Parking Permits (Restricted Parking – Permits and Regulations)
9-100-020 Violation – Penalty (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliances, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement SYstem Violations)
9-101-020 Automated Speed Enforcement System Violation – Speed Limit (Establishment of Automated Speed Enforcement Program)
9-104-030 Application – Qualifications (Public Chauffeurs)
10-28-050 Maintenance of Stands (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-060 A Produce Stand on the Public Way Pilot Program (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-180 Limitation on Use (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-820 Review of Application (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-36-145 Chicago Riverwalk – Hours of Operation (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
11-4-1200 Tier II Notification – When Required (Environmental Protection and Control)
13-20-560 Permit Application (Building Inspections – Partial)
13-32-030 Applicants (Building Permits)
17-3-0503-E Pedestrian Streets Also Radiate from the Following Six-Corner Intersections (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-12-1005-D High-Rise Building Signs (Signs)
17-13-0610 Effect of Planned Development Approval (Review and Approval Procedures)
18-30-320 Existing Elevators – Firefighters’ Emergency Operation – Effective Dates (Elevators, Escalators, Moving Walks, Dumbwaiters, Material Lifts, Platform Lifts, Stairway Chairlifts, Conveyors and Related Equipment)

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