The Chicago Park District Historical Renovation Project involved extensive renovations at four distinct sites across the city, including Austin Town Hall, Columbus Park, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, and La Follette Park.
The scope of the project comprised masonry repairs, tuckpointing, stone and decorative quoin re-work, patio balustrade repairs, roof repairs, custom-made Italian clay-tile roof replacement, environmental abatement, historic window replacement and refurbishing, locker room upgrades, restroom facility upgrades, plaster and painting repairs, and ADA accessibility upgrades.
Challenges faced during the project included preserving the historical integrity of the buildings while meeting tight schedules, fabricating and installing custom clay tile roofing at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, abatement and restoration of existing historic wood windows, executing work while all four sites remained open and active, and managing four separate sub-projects at geographically diverse locations with distinct scopes of work.
Despite these challenges, the team successfully achieved 38.43% combined MBE/DBE subcontractor participation, surpassing the project’s 32% goal. The renovations ensured that these historic sites continue to serve the community while maintaining their rich heritage and architectural significance.
Public Building Commission of Chicago