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Chicago Names New Heads to Building Department and Public Building Commission

May 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term has started with a little bit of department head shuffling. Felicia Davis has been named the Executive Director of the Public Building Commission (PBC) and Judy Frydland is the new Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB). Erin Lavin Cabonargi, the current PBC Executive Director, will soon transition to a job in the private sector.
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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Repealed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

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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