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Contents A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT by Gregory R. Meeder...................................................................................... 7 CBC MISSION STATEMENT.............................................................................................................................................. 8 CBC BOARD............................................................................................................................................................................. 9 HONOR ROLL OF CBC PRESIDENTS......................................................................................................................... 10 THE BIRTH OF THE CBC.................................................................................................................................................. 12 UNION LEAGUE CLUB – MEETING PLACE SINCE 1938................................................................................... 14 CELEBRATING A MILESTONE by Joseph R. Krusinksi............................................................................................20 CBC: A GLIMPSE TOWARD ITS FUTURE by James A. McShane.....................................................................22 CBC MEETINGS & EVENTS CBC Luncheon Speakers............................................................................................................................................. 24 CBC Tradeshows 2006 – 2013................................................................................................................................26 CBC Annual Economic Forecast..............................................................................................................................28 CBC Future Leaders Group.........................................................................................................................................30 CBC Golf Outings 2005 - 2012......................................................................................................................... 32 AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY: VALENTI ALSO CELEBRATES 75 YEARS by Bob Weber...............................................................................34 MY CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS by Bruce H. Schoumacher................................................................... 37 WHY THE CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS ENDURES by Michael M. McInerney..............................38 BEYOND THE BRICKS & MORTAR by Fred Berglund ...........................................................................................40 MERIT AWARDS DINNER 2001 - 2012....................................................................................................................42 MERIT AWARDS PROGRAM: CROWN JEWEL OF CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS....................44 MERIT AWARDS HISTORY............................................................................................................................................48 CHICAGO & THE CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS by James A. Sikich....................................................50 HAYWARD BAKER SUPPORTS CHICAGO & THE CBC by Kyle E. Camper...............................................52 FATHER & SON: TWO TAKES ON THE CBC by Paul K. Helmer & Paul J. Helmer......................................54 THE CBC & FINISHING CHICAGO by Clark Johnson............................................................................................56 THIRTY YEARS WITH THE CBC by James E. Zajac...............................................................................................58 PBC & CBC: SHARING A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE by Erin Lavin Cabonargi.........................................60 THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD & THE CBC by James Underwood...............................................62 CBC: CELEBRATING THE BUILDING INDUSTRY FOR 75 YEARS by Raymond J. Camosy...................64 CBC AWARD OF HONOR PROGRAM......................................................................................................................66 THE MINUTES TAKE HOURS by Richard M. Volkmer & Kathryn J. Sennese.................................................68 ENSURING YOUR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUCCESS by Matthew Gibbons.........................................77 DIVERSITY MAKES CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS UNIQUE by Thomas M. Gibson.....................78 CELEBRATING OUR SHARED ANNIVERSARIES by John Brining...................................................................79 PASCHEN IMPROVES CHICAGO’S INFRASTRUCTURE by Kirsten Binder................................................80 WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP REACH? by Gregory R. Meeder...................................................................82 WHERE CBC MEETS THE ROAD: ILLINOIS TOLLWAY.....................................................................................84 CONGRATULATIONS ON 75 AMAZING YEARS by Roger Krieg...................................................................86 OUR YEARS MANAGING CBC by Richard M. Volkmer.......................................................................................88 A CULTURE OF SAFETY: Strategic Safety Consulting.........................................................................................89 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS from Madison Construction........90 CBC MEMBERSHIP LISTINGS.......................................................................................................................................92 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS................................................................................................................................................98

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CBC 75TH ANNIVERSARY “DIAMOND JUBILEE” YEARBOOK STAFF Published by: CHICAGO BUILDING CONGRESS 3S530 Mignin Drive Warrenville, IL 60555 Tel: (630) 393-1313  Editor & Executive Director Emeritus RICHARD M. VOLKMER Assistant Editor & Executive Director BARBARA J. KRAUSE Research Assistant KATHRYN J. SENNESE Co-Publisher DEL COMMUNICATIONS INC. Suite 300, 6 Roslyn Road Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3L 0G5 DEL President & CEO DAVID LANGSTAFF DEL Publisher JASON STEFANIK DEL Managing Editor Katrina A.T. Senyk DEL Sales Manager DAYNA OULION DEL Advertising Account Executives CHERYL EZINICKI MARTIN NAULT MICHELLE RAIKE Production services provided by: S.G. Bennett Marketing Services Art Director / Design KATHY CABLE Advertising Art DANA JENSEN CAITLYN HAWRYSH HAIER © Copyright 2013 Chicago Building Congress & DEL Communications Inc. All rights reserved.The contents of this pub­lica­tion may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without prior written consent of the publisher­. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in and the reliability of the source, the publisher­in no way guarantees nor warrants the information and is not responsible for errors, omissions or statements made by advertisers. Opinions and recommendations made by contributors or advertisers are not necessarily those of the publisher, its directors, officers­or employees. The CBC 75th Anniversary “Diamond Jubilee” Yearbook has been produced in cooperation with DEL Communications, Inc. Publications mail agreement #40934510 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: DEL Communications Inc. Suite 300, 6 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0G5 Email:


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A word from the

CBC President By Gregory R. Meeder, Holland & Knight, LLP


s we commence celebrating the Diamond Jubilee 75th Anniversary of the Chicago Building Congress, I wish to salute all members for their accomplishments, past and present. Few trade associations survive the test of time better than has the Congress, which first saw light of day with its founding just on the brink of our national involvement in World War II. Those were trying times. The country was just taking its first tentative steps out of the Great Depression with hope afoot that our Chicago building industry would soon awake from its prolonged dormancy. With those echoing and sobering thoughts in mind, our challenges today gain fresh perspective and seem less daunting. Let’s begin this year-long celebration of the CBC’s remarkable 75 years together with a positive spirit that looks to our checkered past for a sense of continuity and affirmation while keeping our eye steadily on present realities. Within this CBC Diamond Jubilee Yearbook, you will discover a splendid collection of articles and photos commemorating our origins and progress. We have engaged the efforts of many industry leaders to lend their insightful thoughts as they both gaze backward in time and offer suggestions for the future. This is really our opportunity to take stock, then to move forward with renewed vigor.

I must particularly commend all of the fine Chicago Building Congress member firms who have participated in this special project with advertising to help celebrate the association’s landmark 75th anniversary and make it financially feasible. Between our editorial content and their special ads, I believe you will agree that we have, together, assembled a worthy keepsake publication that will have a high retention value for years to come. In closing, I must add – on a personal note – that it has been my great privilege to have been only the second construction lawyer in the CBC’s 75-year history to have served as president and to have helped guide the fortunes of the CBC in concert with an energetic, talented and creative CBC Board of Directors. At this moment in time, we must also look back and particularly appreciate the monumental contributions of all past presidents, officers and directors who have, in so many ways, helped make the Chicago Building Congress a world-class organization for the last 75 years.

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CBC Mission Statement The Chicago Building Congress is truly the “cornerstone” of Greater Chicagoland’s dynamic building industry, for it unites diverse members of the city’s building community in common interests and goals. The Congress was founded in 1938. Its principal objectives are: • Uniting the building industry in a shared purpose. • Advancing the art, science, and technology of Chicago’s building industry. • Providing industry professionals with networking and educational opportunities. The Chicago Building Congress is the only vertically-integrated trade association serving the Chicago area. Its varied membership includes real estate professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, engineering firms, architects, labor unions, trade associations, governmental entities, educational facilities, banks, insurance providers, consultants, law firms, accounting firms, media publications, material manufacturers, and suppliers. The CBC is an equal-opportunity trade association. The Chicago Building Congress is organized with officers, a board of directors, an executive committee, committee chairs, division chairs, and additional directors.


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Honor Roll of CBC Presidents Elmer C. Jensen...................................................1939-41 Oscar W. Rosenthal ...........................................1942-43 Jerrold Loebel ................................................... 1944-46 Charles W. Nicol ................................................1947-48 W. Fred Dolke ..................................................... 1949-51 Paul D. Angell .................................................... 1952-53 Harry H. Salk ...................................................... 1953-54 Carl L. Gardner ................................................... 1955-56 Robert H. Wilson ............................................... 1957-58 Eugene G. Hart ...................................................1959-60 Raymond J. Graham ............................................1961-62 Frank O. Zimmerman ......................................... 1963-67 Allen E. Bulley, Sr. .............................................. 1967-69 Thomas E. Cooke ................................................1969-71 Leo W. Witz ......................................................... 1971-73 Stanley B. Bellis ..................................................1973-75 Robert L. Johnson ...............................................1975-77 Laurence H. Cleland ............................................1977-78


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George A. Darrell ...............................................1978-80 Joseph R. Rutunno .............................................1980-82 John B. Johannesen ...........................................1982-83 Eugene E. Cook...................................................1983-85 Paul J. Helmer ....................................................1985-87 Jack H. Bornhoeft .............................................. 1987-89 Thomas M. Gibson ............................................. 1989-91 James E. Zajac ....................................................1991-93 Steven G.M. Stein .............................................. 1993-95 Joseph R. Krusinski ........................................... 1995-97 Dwight Miller ..................................................... 1997-99 Fred Berglund ..................................................... 1999-01 Michael M. McInerney ...................................... 2001-03 Anne Edwards - Cotter .....................................2003-05 James A. McShane ...........................................2005-07 Dana Thorne ..................................................... 2007-09 Bruce Watts ....................................................... 2009-11 Gregory R. Meeder ................................ 2011–PRESENT

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the cbc Early history of the Chicago Building Congress, 1938 – 1939 In the summer and fall of 1938, a spirited group of Chicago building industry leaders met on several occasions to establish an embracing new trade association. This ringing address was delivered in December of that year by Elmer C. Jensen, president of the Illinois Society of Architects, at the Organizational Meeting of the proposed “Chicago Building Congress,” held on Tuesday, December 13, 1938, at the Union League Club in Chicago. The following year of 1939 witnessed regular CBC meetings beginning at the Union League Club, which continue down to this day. Mr. Jensen would go on to serve with distinction as the CBC’s first president during the formative prewar years of 1939 to 1941. Historic Remarks by Elmer C. Jensen at the Organizational Meeting of the Proposed Chicago Building Congress: Tuesday, December 13, 1938, at the Union League Club in Chicago


he question will naturally occur to many of you as to the reasons for this meeting. The building industry in our country is one of the most important, in numbers employed, in money exchanged, and from the standpoint of general prosperity of the country. It has been reported that from 1920 to 1928, there were, in round figures, five million men and women gainfully employed in this industry. At present, it is estimated that approximately one-third of this number is employed. It needs no stretch of imagination or exaggeration of facts to assume that, if this full number could again be gainfully employed, the depression would be completely routed and confidence again in large measure restored. In this, the second city of our country, conditions are relatively the same, and, according to some authorities, are even less favorable than in the balance of the country. It has been estimated that, in Chicago alone, there are over 200,000 engaged directly in building work. The prosperity and well-being of this number has no mean purpose. They are engaged in providing shelter for all purposes necessary for human existence. At the moment there is no head or central organization


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representing its many elements and interests. It has no voice to reach the public or legislative bodies. The purpose of this congress should be to correlate and unite into one effective organization individuals, firms, corporations and labor unions – directly or indirectly engaged in or related to the building industry in its widest scope – to cultivate a spirit of goodwill and co-operation within the industry and promote the general welfare of the community. It is extremely important to create goodwill and willing co-operation on the part of labor. Intimate contact with labor breeds genuine appreciation of the brawn and skill of the workers. This phase alone may well fill pages with its romance and its interest. The Congress should recognize that labor is entitled to more than a mere living wage. The public should be assured that, as far as possible, the industry will promote a high quality of products without excessive cost. Because of the lack of co-ordination in the industry, practices have developed, the results of which have been contrary to the purposes intended. The results have created discord, lack of harmony and inefficiency, and have been partly responsible for the lack of confidence on the part of the public.

The Congress should encourage efforts on the part of neighborhood and community organizations to eliminate blight and slums, and to prevent the spread of further blight in neighborhoods not yet affected.

Mission of the Chicago Building Congress The Chicago Building Congress (“the Congress”) should co-ordinate and seek to harmonize the interests and activities of the various groups engaged in or related to the building industry through the promulgation of codes of ethics and fair practice. Our city apparently is on the threshold of a period of reconstruction. We are becoming conscious of many of our physical shortcomings. The correction of these defects will go far towards creating employment and prosperity within the industry. Our industry is, above all others, the one most affected by reconstruction of our city fabric. The Congress should assist in the procurement of adequate state enabling legislation and local municipal ordinances, especially as they relate to regional and city planning, zoning, and the subdivision and development of land, building, sanitary and housing codes, and the equitable assessment of property, both for general taxation and special assessments. There are important civic organizations that are studying our tax situation and we should effectively co-operate in finding a satisfactory solution. Large areas of our city, due to a number of causes, have been and are being blighted. Out of this blight, slums have been created. This city cannot continue to properly grow and develop until practical methods have been found to correct this situation. The Congress should encourage efforts on the part of neighborhood and community organizations to eliminate blight and slums, and to prevent the spread of further blight in neighborhoods not yet affected. This will involve, among other things, the reconstruction of buildings now existing that are unfit for habitation, and the renovation of many buildings that have been neglected. The Congress should also encourage and promote new research studies and scientific surveys designed to improve the methods, materials, equipment and designs employed by the industry so that there may result a wider distribution of the industry’s products and services. A very considerable number of workers employed in this industry have developed conspicuous zeal and skill, and, in some cases, the nature of their work involves hazards and

hardship that require uncommon courage. Organizations of workers and trade organizations within the industry have, on occasion, displayed admirable public spirit – and these qualities and efforts should be recognized by the Congress by suitable honorable awards. The product of our industry forms so much of our everyday life and such a large part of the physical side of our city, that the public has taken it for granted, and apparently do not recognize the tremendous size and importance of the industry as a whole. To create a public consciousness of its magnitude, the Congress should sponsor, initiate, and also promote a comprehensive educational course of studies, supported by charts, graphs, diagrams, statistics, etc., for use by trade schools and colleges dealing with every phase of the building industry. An industry which now numbers an army of over 200,000 people – and produces products which are so close and vital to the public – should be an important force for the wellbeing of the city. Home ownership is not only extremely desirable, but also forms one of our strongest bulwarks against radicalism. Any legitimate action which promotes this should be effectively developed, and with this, the Congress should sponsor and promote adult educational programs designed to give to the public an honest and factual picture of industry problems and aspirations, through use of radio, motion pictures, and permanent or temporary exhibits or expositions. The basic principle of the Congress shall be to serve the interests of the industry, as a co-ordinated unit, viewing all of its branches as parts of a large, interdependent organism, rather than to serve the interests of any group or section of said industry. To achieve these results will require earnest and devoted efforts on the part of the membership of the Congress. It will mean a willingness to forego some advantages as a sacrifice for the benefit of the whole. This sacrifice should not be too difficult when recognized that it is a contribution to the wellbeing and prosperity of this great industry. Surely, all of these aims cannot be considered utopian. They are practical and entirely worthy of the earnest efforts of intelligent men. p Chicago Building Congress |


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he Union League Club of Chicago (“the Club”) is a prominent business and social club located in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Building Congress was founded at the Union League Club in 1938 and has met there ever since. Thus, this long and mutually beneficial relationship is also nearing the 75-year mark. Civil War Origins The Union League Club of Chicago traces its roots to the Civil War era, as do its eastern counterparts, the Union League of Philadelphia and the Union League Club of New York, both of which also still exist. Its famous members have included Cyrus McCormick, Daniel Burnham, and William D. Boyce. In 1862, radical southern sympathizers in the north were plotting an insurrection in Lincoln’s home state. To thwart this effort, 11 men gathered on June 25, 1862, in Pekin, the seat of Tazewell County, along the Illinois River near Peoria, to establish the first council of the Union League of America. Other union leagues had already formed in Tennessee, Maryland, and other border states. Soon, the Union League movement was focusing on providing medical supplies, training nurses, and advocating equality for slaves. By the end of the Civil War, the Union League of America movement had grown to two million members. As the tide of the Civil War gradually turned in favor of the North, activities of the Union League shifted to political endorsements, favoring radical Republicans and advocating full equality and voting rights for African Americans. The Union League played a prominent role in Lincoln’s closely contested re-election in 1864. Following the Chicago Fire of 1871, a six-year national depression ignited discontent among workers, sparking the labor riots of 1877 and a major railroad strike. Government corruption in Chicago was rampant, and a new city charter provided opportunities for voting fraud. Wentworth Forms Union League Club Into this ferment marched Long John Wentworth, the colorful former newspaper editor, police commissioner, two-time mayor, and congressman, who saw an opportunity to form a “marching club” of political partisans to work and parade for their favorite candidates. As it happened, the Republican National Convention of 1880 was held in Chicago and Wentworth formed the Chicago Club


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Left: New club construction – May 25, 1925

Right: Union League clubhouse, circa 1900.

Below: Union Club Charter.

of the Union League of America to support Ulysses S. Grant, who then sought a thirdterm nomination for president. Though the Convention denied Grant the nomination and selected James A. Garfield of Ohio, the Union League Club of Chicago was established, and its first president was James B. Bradwell. A native of England, Bradwell had worked his way through Knox College, was admitted to the bar, and then elected to serve in the Illinois state legislature, where he advocated women’s suffrage. His wife, Myra Bradwell, founded the Chicago Legal News and, after numerous defeats, became the first woman in the United States admitted to the bar. She represented Mary Todd Lincoln at her insanity hearings and secured her release from an asylum in Batavia, Illinois. Since its founding in 1879, members of the Club have been credited with playing a role in establishing many of the city’s major cultural organizations, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, the Auditorium Theater and the Field Museum. The Club also Chicago Building Congress |


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was instrumental in having Chicago named the site of the

initiatives, such as election reform; the formation of the

World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. More recently,

Chicago Crime Commission; the adoption of a new state

Club leadership spearheaded the siting and opening of the

constitution; the establishment of the Armed Forces

Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago.

Council of Chicago; and protection of the City of Chicago’s

The Club has also stimulated nonpartisan political

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Claude Monet oil-on-canvas masterpiece Pommiers en fleurs (Apple Trees in Blossom), painted in the spring of 1872. Fabulous Art Collection Collecting art has been a tradition at the Union League Club since 1886. Today, the art collection is a vital part of the Club’s identity and a significant part of Chicago’s art history. The Club’s art collection is one of the oldest and most important private collections of American art in the Midwest, and it has one of the best collections of Illinois art. The majority of the art collection is on view throughout the Club. There are more than 800 works in the Club’s collection which represent more than 150 years of art-making in America. The collection features a range of art movements, styles, and subjects, from traditional to contemporary art, and it includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. This diverse collection includes the works of painters Ivan Albright, Thomas Hill, Manierre Dawson, Archibald Motley, Jr., Roger Brown, Leon Golub, Ed Paschke, sculptors Hiram Powers and Richard Hunt, and photographers Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Kenneth Josephson, Barbara Crane, and Dawoud Bey. The signature painting in the Union League Club collection is the Claude Monet oil-on-canvas early masterpiece Pommiers en fleurs (Apple Trees in Blossom). It was painted in the spring of 1872, shortly after he and his family moved to Argenteuil, a resort town on the Seine River. Remaining there until 1878, Monet found great inspiration in the town and the surrounding country side, producing more than 170 paintings in roughly seven years. The broken brushwork and pastel colors of Pommiers en fleurs convey the beauty of the rural scene. The Club’s painting was included in the second

exhibition of the Impressionists, held in 1876. Much folklore surrounds how the Union League Club came to acquire the Monet. The Club purchased it in March 1895 from Art Committee chair and art collector Judge John Barton Payne, who bought the painting only the previous year for $1,500. Pommiers en fleurs appeared in the 1895 Monet exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago; a review states that the painting belonged to Payne. Payne sold the painting to the Club at a reduced price of $500. Although Payne was enormously generous in selling the painting at such a discount, some members still considered it too expensive, radical, and avant-garde. Most famously, the president of the Club is said to have scoffed, “Who would pay five dollars for that blob of paint?” Significantly, the purchase made the Club – along with Mrs. Potter Palmer and Club member Martin Ryerson – one of the early Chicago collectors of Monet. p

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Celebrating a

milestone By Joseph R. Krusinski CEO – Krusinski Construction Company, and CBC Past President 1995-1997


milestone is defined as “an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.” This rings especially true on the 75th Anniversary of the Chicago Building Congress, a uniquely diverse organization with a rich past of education and networking and a strong future embracing innovation, sustainability and recognition of the building industry. My first exposure to the Chicago Building Congress was in 1968, when I attended the Merit Award event for Lake Point Tower. At that time, it was an award for a significant project in Chicago. Today, the Merit Award Program has eight distinct project categories that encompass the entire

Chicagoland region. I met several industry leaders that night, including George Schipporeit, Lake Point’s architect. Little did I know that 15 years later, Krusinski Construction Company would team up with George to design and build the Westbrook Corporate Center, a 1.2-million-squarefoot office complex. As a current board member and a past president of the CBC, I have witnessed significant growth and change within the organization over the past 40 years. What began as a small group meeting once a month around one table has grown to a truly committed and passionate leadership, a diverse and growing membership with educational programs that attract


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high-profile speakers to present timely industry trends and significant projects to an engaged audience. As a long-time and active member, Krusinski Construction Company has benefited in a variety of ways. The Krusinski Construction Company team attends the Chicago Building Congress monthly general membership meetings and programs. We have judged Merit Award submittals and have been the winners of Merit Award projects. We have also enjoyed the Annual Golf Classic and exhibited at the CBC Tradeshow. Personally, I am the proud recipient of the 2010 Award of Honor. We gain insight into best practices; we have established important professional relationships over the last four decades that are vital to our growth as well. And we look forward to strengthening those ties with the next generation of leadership at our firm. I vividly recall sitting in a small, private dining room at the Merchandise Mart for my first CBC meeting. Frankly, I was in awe of those contractors, architects and bankers sitting beside me. At our current CBC meetings and events, I am surrounded by dozens of tables and hundreds of fellow members and guests from all segments of the building industry: a true tribute to the efforts of our leadership and the value of membership in the Chicago Building Congress. p

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A glimpse toward its future By James A. McShane, CBC Past President 2005-2007 The McShane Companies


t has been my distinct honor to hold membership in the Chicago Building Congress since 1980. Over the past dozen years particularly, I have taken a much more active role in the association due to a growing appreciation of the important role played by the CBC. Even today, I continue to recognize anew and admire the many benefits the CBC provides to both its members and the Chicago real estate and construction community as a whole. Clearly, it is the agent of our future growth and success. Over the past 75 years, the Chicago Building Congress has changed with the times, evolving dramatically to provide leadership, education, and camaraderie amidst a wide network of affiliated organizations that


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serve the commercial construction industry. Other organizations are more specialized, perhaps more narrowly defined. The real strength of the CBC is its broad base, its variegated membership. In fact, the CBC is the only vertically integrated trade association in Chicago. As such, it serves a vast cross-section of companies and individuals involved in virtually the entire spectrum of the industry. It is the nexus, the gathering place, of the building industry in Chicago. That is why it has nine divisions, in order to provide a place for everyone to roost. Reflecting upon my years as an active member of the CBC, I have had the privilege of serving on its board of directors and as president of the association. Those were both

distinctly fulfilling experiences that greatly broadened my perspective on our industry. In fact, I have discovered that service to the CBC extends well beyond one’s professional obligation to “pay it forward” to an industry that has been good to you. It truly becomes one of the most enlightening challenges that a person can encounter and it can provide plentiful rewards in terms of personal satisfaction if you make the effort yourself. For example, I have witnessed a complete metamorphosis of the organization just in the past five years. Whether it was due to the economy, more visibility, or simply filling a void within the commercial real estate and construction markets, recent years have witnessed a surge in CBC membership that belies the experience of most other trade associations. We’ve also enjoyed a more robust participation from the membership, allowing those associated with the CBC to establish the sort of meaningful relationships that can form the backbone of a more positive outlook for the future. Perhaps, there has been “safety in numbers” but I like to think that our recent CBC Membership Drive theme, “The one membership you really need,” was right on the mark. “Join the conversation” is another term heard often in today’s sophisticated and technologically driven communication stream. At the CBC, we have embraced that concept on a more personal basis and welcome members to join our conversation…

thus enjoying tremendous enrichment by supporting that plank in our platform. Our members use the CBC to further their networking opportunities. By casting a wider net, they enjoy more chances to acquaint themselves with the fresh ideas, innovative concepts, and business contacts that can fulfill a member’s own professional goals. I firmly believe that we have enjoyed continued and significant increases in attendance at our monthly CBC meetings in great part because our roster of speakers and their topics have been chosen with great care. They have consistently provided the timely information, critical thinking, and creative vision our members need in these trying times. It is a difficult challenge to meet that standard month after month, requiring considerable diligence from the officers, directors, and staff. But the effort pays off judging by the results, so the CBC continues to grow. It has also been my great pleasure to witness the launch of the CBC’s Future Leaders Group. The McShane organization has always encouraged professional growth and development from the ground up, so I personally appreciate this initiative taking root within the Chicago Building Congress. There are many future success stories that will be told in years to come as the development of our Future Leaders Group unfolds. By providing this platform for interaction and networking within our group of younger members at the CBC, we are not only sponsoring the fundamental relationships that young professionals require to grow in their careers, but also embracing the very future they will define. It may be the single most important initiative at the Chicago Building Congress in years. In the final analysis, I must salute the CBC’s leadership, both past and present, for building such a strong tradition of service to our industry. Back in 1938, our CBC Founding

Fathers launched an innovative organization based upon the genius idea of providing a roof to cover the entire building industry. After 75 years, their vision holds true, and the association’s mission continues. Even more, I encourage new CBC members to join the fun wholeheartedly by participating in our events and meetings to the fullest extent. The CBC has always been a “work in progress” because we

constantly re-shape the organization to serve the membership’s needs. But you must still make an effort to gain full value, you must speak up to be heard, and you must pull your own oar to cast our ship forward. I have every confidence in concluding that our historical process of continual renewal will find the Chicago Building Congress growing and reconfiguring itself effectively for the next 75 years. p

Congratulations on 75 years of advancing the art, science, and technology of the Building industry.

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CBC Luncheon Speakers


Luncheon Meetings featuring great speakers addressing the issues of the day have been a staple for the Chicago Building Congress since its earliest days. You can rediscover some of that checkered history elsewhere in this Yearbook within the story “The Minutes Take Hours.” Perhaps the highlight of all time, in terms of CBC Luncheon Speakers, occurred on November 14, 2006, when CBC president James A. McShane welcomed City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to the podium at the Palmer House. That gala event was attended by a record 406 guests eager to hear Mayor Daley’s “Vision for Chicago” speech. Few who attended that day would ever realize how their president had moved heaven and earth to bring His Honor Richard Daley to the dais.

CBC president James A. McShane welcomed the historic appearance of Mayor Richard M. Daley.

CBC honored a delegation of students from the ACE Tech Charter High School.


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Political analyst professor Paul Green (left) was welcomed by CBC president Dana Thorne to discuss “Primary Colors” during the heated primary season.

Pat Hughes, “voice” of the Chicago Cubs, related his favorite Harry Caray baseball quip, “Hey, anyone can have a bad century!” Famed engineer Richard Tomasetti made a presentation on the ACE Mentoring Program for aspiring architecture, construction, and engineering students.

Paul James (left) and Donald Trump, Jr. received classic CBC “Skyline” speaker awards from CBC president Anne Cotter following their presentation.

CBC president James A. McShane invited architect Jeanne Gang to present her creative Aqua Tower project. CBC president Michael M. McInerney arranged for Ted Phillip to present the Chicago Bears work-in-progress at Soldier Field. Chicago Bears great Tom Waddle recounted his football adventures and locker room lore.

Trump Tower presentation Paul James (left), Anne Cotter, Donald Trump, Jr.

Developer Dan McCaffery was welcomed by CBC president James A. McShane to discuss his expansive plans for renovation of the old U.S. Steel Southworks property on the South Side.

President Bruce Watts (left) and board member Tom Villanova (right) welcomed Jim Underwood to speak on “Projects and Plans of the Capital Development Board. Chicago Business Update – Joe Krusinski (left), Jerry Roper (center), Anne Cotter. Chicago Building Congress |


CBC Tradeshows

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As a break from the monthly luncheons with featured speakers, the CBC instituted a new “TableTop Tradeshow” event for the month of April in 2006. From 2006 through 2011, CBC member companies would present 35 to 40 booths for a mid-day tradeshow every Spring at the Union League Club. Following a run of six years, the TableTop Tradeshow was then replaced for 2012 and 2013 with a new collaboration with ASA Chicago and the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council, to present the “Construction Expo and Safety Day” on a grander scale at Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace.

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Annual Economic Forecast


he CBC hosts a well-attended Annual Economic Forecast luncheon meeting every January which is perhaps the single most-anticipated meeting of the year. Featuring leading economists of the day, the Forecast always concludes with a lively question-and-answer period that keeps the speaker on his toes. In recent years, featured speakers have included Carl Tannenbaum, Mickey Levy, Jeffrey Korzenik, and Mark “Rusty” Sherwood.

Jeffrey Korzenik, Chief Economist, Fifth Third Bank.

Mickey Levy, Chief Economist, Bank of America.

Mark F. “Rusty” Sherwood, Senior Consultant, FMI Corporation.

Carl Tannenbaum, Chief Economist, LaSalle Bank.


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CBC Future Leaders Group T he Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders Program is a newer CBC initiative dedicated to developing its young professional members into the future leaders of the construction industry. By providing valuable networking, career development, and community service opportunities, future leaders can hone the skills necessary for them to lead tomorrow’s industry, while revitalizing the Chicago Building Congress. Future Leaders events are designed for individuals with five to 20 years of experience in the construction industry who want to become more involved, build networks, develop their careers, and give back to the community. They come from all walks of life within the industry… real estate professionals, builders, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, engineering firms, architects, labor unions, units of government, and providers of essential

Announcing the January Future Leaders event at this year’s CBC Economic Forecast.

services to the industry, such as financial institutions, insurance providers, consultants, print media companies, law firms, and accounting firms. The Future Leaders Program typically hosts quarterly events. The events are more informal than other CBC meetings and are held at venues appealing to young professionals. They cover a variety of career development topics targeted to their interests and provide opportunities to network with other future leaders as well as current leaders of the Chicagoland construction industry. In 2012 – 2013, the Future Leaders group held four events, conducted at the DIRTT (Do It Right This Time) Facility on Wells Street, the Athena Greek Restaurant, the III Forks Steakhouse, and the Rosebud Theatre District. Quarterly events are scheduled for 2013. p

III Forks Steakhouse Future Leaders Meeting.

DIRTT Future Leaders Meeting.


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An American success story:

Valenti also celebrates 75 years

By Bob Weber, former CBC Board Member


alenti Builders is a classic American success story. The son of immigrants, Joseph E. Valenti Sr. started Valenti Builders in 1938 at the age of 21 while attending DePaul University. On Chicago’s West Side, Joseph bought a residential lot on Roscoe Street, built a home, and sold it for a profit of $270. These modest beginnings were the start of a company that is now entering its 75th year as one of Chicagoland’s premier general contractors. Much credit should be given to Sam, the father of Joseph Valenti Sr., for early inspiration of Valenti Builders. Sam entered this country at age 19 without speaking any English and worked to become a plastering contractor – which, down the road, is a trade Joseph Valenti Sr. regularly incorporated into his building projects. Through the 1940s and ‘50s, due to the excellent quality of work and attention to detail, Valenti Builders expanded by building more homes, apartment buildings and new industrial and commercial projects. In 1948, Joseph Valenti Sr. branched into subdivision development, focusing on quality craftsmanship for affordable 1949 – 1950s: Valenti Builders constructs 90 homes in northwest Chicago and partakes in the suburban boom by constructing 229 home sites in Niles and 279 home sites in Deerfield.


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ranch and split-level homes in both the city and suburbs. Over time architects, owners and developers had begun to rely on Valenti as a prominent Chicagoland builder. In just two decades, Valenti Builders had become a leading Chicagoland contractor and had gained a reputation for quality and integrity. Valenti continued expansion into non-residential markets with office buildings, recreation centers, churches, corporate headquarters, healthcare, financial and retail projects. Valenti also continued to expand on residential work with award-winning residential developments, some of which are still considered a quality paradigm in the housing industry. Today, the family-owned and operated firm is in its third generation and is still viewed as a leading commercial

general contractor and construction manager in Chicagoland. Valenti’s chief operating officer, Bob Weber, has been a board member of the Chicago Building Congress since 2003, including several years serving as vicepresident. The entire Valenti Builders team has illustrated dedication and professionalism that only comes from those who are truly passionate about the work they do. Valenti is proud to have a rich history that includes a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential projects delivered to a base that includes multiple repeat clients. Valenti has paired new building technologies with professional employees who are at the cutting-edge of their field. They are continually embracing green building practices, and have successfully completed several projects

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with LEED certifications and alternative energy systems such as geothermal HVAC. They promote utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) to ensure Valenti’s programs and systems are ahead of industry standards.

With such a strong history, Valenti Builders can confidently stand behind the company motto of “The Right Partner” by providing each client with quality work, honesty and integrity from conception to completion of their project. p


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My Chicago Building Congress By Bruce H. Schoumacher, Querrey & Harrow, Ltd., and CBC Secretary


was introduced to the Chicago Building Congress around 1980 by my friend and then-partner Frank M. Covey, Jr. Frank was secretary of the CBC and invited me to join him at some CBC meetings. I found the monthly meetings interesting and enjoyed meeting the leaders in the industry who attended them. In 1983, Frank stepped down as secretary to devote his full energies to representing an engineering firm which was defending a major nuclear power plant lawsuit. As a result, the board asked me to replace Frank as secretary, which I was happy to do. I have served as secretary of the CBC ever since. Unfortunately, in the early 1990s, the CBC was losing its vitality and membership was declining. One meeting I attended had fewer than 30 attendees. I was surprised that what had once been such a vibrant organization was fading and might even fold. As a result, several of us decided to roll up our sleeves and work toward keeping the CBC going. Joe Krusinski and the late Drew Waitley particularly played leading roles in leading that revitalization of the Congress. Under the leadership of Drew, Joe, and subsequent CBC officers and board members, we began a process

of rebuilding the organization and enhancing its major events, such as the annual Economic Forecast lunch. The forecast lunch had always been a major CBC event, but with renewed effort we have since increased attendance at this meeting to nearly 400 people. Drew also suggested we give an annual Award of Honor recognizing the lifetime achievements of a leader in the Chicago construction industry, which has resulted in establishing another outstanding tradition for the CBC. The CBC Board agreed to also improve the Merit Awards program by broadening the categories for awards and actively soliciting entries for these awards. Through hard work of the Merit Awards Committee and a rigorous judging process, that annual dinner has become an extremely important occasion for both the Chicago Building Congress and the Chicago construction community. I have been happy to serve as secretary of the CBC and a board member for 30 years now. We could not have grown into the outstanding organization we are today without the dedicated work and support of its officers, directors, members and staff. I am proud to have played a role, albeit a small one, in the continued success of the Congress. p

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By Michael M. McInerney, Titan Electric, CBC Past President (2001-2003)


rends and styles have come and gone, and many things have changed within the construction industry during the last 75 years. When you stop to think about it, only a few things have endured and succeeded as well as the Chicago Building Congress. I believe this is true because the premise of a vertically integrated organization that educates and celebrates an industry on every level has proven itself timeless. As such, the CBC has long since become the crossroads for the entire Chicago building industry. It is the only place in town where you will find architects, engineers, builders,

developers, bankers, accountants, insurance agents, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors all gathering together to break bread on a monthly basis and sharing an interesting, informative presentation by an industry expert. As an example of an idea that came and went: my first remembrance of the Chicago Building Congress was a meeting where the president of JWP (now EMCOR) spoke about how he was going to change the subcontracting landscape by consolidating and repackaging what was delivered to the general contractor. Bankruptcy soon

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The premise originally expressed at its founding, visualizing an organization that supports its various member companies collectively, remains valid today in a sometimes fragmented industry. eliminated those “revolutionary” ideas. More positively, the advent of computerization has unleashed levels of efficiency and creativity in the architecture, engineering, and construction of buildings that could not have been imagined when the CBC was born in 1938. Consider the manual methods of that era, and contrast them with today’s BIM systems. While such trends have continuously altered the course of the building industry, something much more basic has stayed constant. For 75 years, the CBC has remained at its core essentially a collection of relationships with common goals. The premise originally expressed at its founding, visualizing an organization that supports its various member companies collectively, remains valid today in a sometimes fragmented industry. Through its networking and educational programs, the CBC has remained relevant. Speaking from personal experience, this organization has enabled our company,

Titan Electric, to become one of the largest electrical contacting companies in Chicago in just seven short years and we remain grateful for the help. Without doubt, evolving technology has significantly changed how information is processed in the construction industry. However, the general structure of relationships between subcontractors, general contractors, architects, engineers, developers, etc., has generally remained intact throughout the last 75 years. The strength of the CBC as a trade association is that it has always welcomed and embraced each and all of those players. Now, as an owner of a subcontracting company, I have gained renewed appreciation for the basic genius of this organization and the unique attributes it brings to the industry. Hearty “Congratulations!” to the Chicago Building Congress for its first 75 years… and many thanks for all you have done. The best is yet to come. p


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Beyond the

bricks and mortar Fred Berglund, President of Berglund Construction, CBC Past President 1999-2001


emembering where you come from is really just part of where you’re going. For over 75 years, the Chicago Business Congress has been a prominent professional presence in the Chicago area – a most exceptional foundation to build upon. Like the CBC, our company is another fellow veteran of industry, celebrating over 100 years. Long-term outfits such as the CBC and Berglund Construction, indeed, have a myriad of past experiences to draw upon as they look to the future. I believe this is what creates our competitive edge. As we reflect on the CBC’s heritage, there have been many milestones, achievements and collaborative contributions, and all the while, the founding principles, values and ethics have maintained integrity. In my opinion, this is an exceptional accomplishment. The construction industry has, invariably, evolved since the beginnings of both Berglund Construction and the Chicago Business Congress. But today, hard work and personal relationships – the founding principles of any successful organization – remain the key to longevity. It goes beyond bricks and mortar; it is about priorities and setting goals based in integrity. Many will agree that the Chicago Business Congress is a productive corporate neighbor. In an effort to build a better community, it is one of the only organizations in Chicago with membership from all different parts of the industry, bringing people together. It’s very diverse; and it’s very well-founded… that’s why I joined the organization in 1996. Not only that, but I was moved to serve on the board since the mid-‘90s and even served as CBC president in 19992000 because of the organization’s values. I regard that service as a high honor.


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One of the biggest roles the CBC fills in the industry, I think, is bringing people together. The CBC’s many exceptional networking opportunities have proved beneficial not only for me and my company, but for many other fellow CBC members. In my opinion, what sets it apart from other organizations is the diversity of membership. Thanks to this organization, there is more often a familiarity between the different project parties – architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners – which helps facilitate a more well-rounded project. In my opinion, the industry is moving toward this collaborative approach, and I think the Chicago Building Congress is well-positioned for that – even, perhaps, driving the way our industry is being shaped. Excellence in industry is crucial. In fact, it is this principle that will best serve the CBC as it looks to the future. In the last 10 to 15 years, I think we’ve become a more professional organization, in large part due to Richard Volkmer and his team, most particularly our present executive director, Barbara Krause. As well, many of the offered programs have become stronger over the years. Take the Merit Awards, for instance, a great motivator for excellence and an exceptional way of projecting the success of these projects out into the public sector. In my opinion, standards such as these set the CBC apart from the crowd, and certainly help to raise the level of professionalism of our industry. This year, I am proud to serve as co-chairman for the Merit Awards. It is my hope that the CBC will continue to build upon its standard of excellence, while continually expanding its horizons and becoming more diversified as an organization. It is this focus, I believe, that will secure their regional presence in the Midwest. p

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Sears Tower (1973).

here is no other association activity that more perfectly defines the mission of the Chicago Building Congress than its Merit Awards Program. The Merit Awards have truly celebrated the building industry since 1956 by singling out the outstanding projects every year for special recognition and the applause of one’s peers. The Merit Awards were launched 57 years ago, heralding the Prudential Building as the first recipient. Until the mid-1980s, just a single Merit Award was issued each year. Then categories were added to broaden the program, which stabilized into four regular categories from 1996 through 2009: • New Construction/Chicago • New Construction/Suburbs • Rehab Construction • Construction Under $10 Million (now $15 million)

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Illinois State Tollway (1959). Prudential Building (1956).


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McCormick Place (1961). Four additional categories have been added more recently to create a more level playing field, a fair basis for competition with more narrowly defined project descriptors: • Infrastructure Construction • Industrial Construction • Interior Build-Out • Charitable Projects Merit Award entries are open to all types and sizes of projects completed during the past three calendar years anywhere in the Chicagoland area. Nominees may be from any team member associated with a project and need not be members of the Chicago Building Congress. What sets the Merit Awards Program above most similar competitions is its meticulous judging process. Entries from all eight categories are judged individually in multiple judging sessions by a dedicated panel of 40 CBC member volunteers on the basis of the following criteria: • Distinctive, functional, or innovative design • Quality of construction • Impact of the project upon the community • Safety record The CBC issues its annual Merit Awards “Call For Entries” at the end of each calendar year, and interested parties respond by mid-January with submission of their “Intent To Nominate” forms. At the same time, the CBC completes enlisting its jury members and establishes dates for multiple rounds of judging. Actual entries fall due by February 1st. The entries consist of photographic images and write-ups describing each project, reviewing significant architectural, engineering, and construction aspects and discussing both the positive effects the project has had on the community and its safety record. A preliminary round of judging reduces the mass of entries down to eight sets of four finalists in each category. Finalists are then asked to prepare two storyboards and a presentation for the subsequent rounds of finalist judging. Each project presenter is allowed 25 minutes for their “show and tell”, including time to respond to questions from the judges. The Merit Awards Committee follows its four criteria in judging each entry’s merits, and all finalist judging is completed during April. This year, a running change was made in the standard categories because there were no Charitable Project

Lake Point Tower (1968).

Chicago Theatre (1986).

O’Hare United Terminal (1989).

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CTA Green Line Renovation (1997). Photo by Graham Garfield.

entries, but there was an unexpectedly large influx of New Construction/Chicago projects – so eight judging categories were maintained by setting Charitable Projects aside for 2013, and dividing eight finalists in New Construction/ Chicago into groups of four (under $55 million and $55 million and over). As in past years, finalist judging leads to a secret list of winners. As the Merit Awards are considered the “academy awards” of the building industry, those secrets are kept right up to the evening of the CBC’s gala Merit Awards Night dinner… and revealed sequentially during the tense moments of reviewing each of the four finalist projects, then announcing the winner. BAPS Temple (2005).

Adler Planetarium Sky Pavilion (2000).

Lookingglass Theatre (2004).

Soldier Field (2004).


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New Ravinia Dining Facility (2008). Appropriately enough, because the Chicago Building Congress is considered “The Cornerstone of the Building Industry in Chicago,” this year, on May 15, 2013, eight thrilled winners will receive granite cornerstone Merit Awards from CBC… thus placing their projects in the rarified company of other distinguished winners stretching all the way back to 1956. p Conservation of the U-505 Submarine (2006).

Trump International Hotel & Tower (2009). Art Institute of Chicago (2010).

Metea Valley High School (2010).

Lincoln Park Zoo (2005).

Sullivan Center cast-iron Facade Restoration (2011).

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1956 Prudential


McDonald’s Office Campus


Old Orchard Shopping Center


Inland Steel


One Financial Place Chicago Hilton And Towers


Illinois State Tollway


190 South LaSalle Chicago Theatre


Michael Reese Hospital


Center For Professional Education


McCormick Place


Center For Professional Health


United Of America


United Terminal


United States Gypsum


Continental Plaza

1990 Riverway North Pier Chicago


Central District Filtration


University of Chicago At Chicago Circle


Oak Brook Development


Lake Point Tower


One First National Bank


McCormick Place On The Lake


Woodfield Mall


James Roscoe Miller Campus


Sears Tower


One Montgomery Ward Plaza


Standard Oil (Amoco)


Water Tower Place


Cultural Center


Academic Facility


Dearborn Park


New City YMCA


Kroc Diagnostic Treatment Center


Chicago Board Of Trade Addition


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Canal Center Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago


City Front Place Harpo Studios


Walsh Grand Headquarters Marshall Fields State Street


Chavez Elementary School Sears Tower 2000 Wacker Drive Streetscape


Cook County Juvenile Center Finkl Urban Manufacturing Chicago Commons Nia Family Center


Monadnock Building Children’s Memorial Medical Center Fourth Presbyterian Church Williams Science Center Addition


McCormick Place Expansion Calumet Deep Tunnel/Reservoir Cta Green Line Renovation Martin Luther King Drive Gateway


Hcsc (Blue Cross Building) Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Carl Schurz High School Restoration Little Village Academy


Living Coast/Brookfield Zoo Brooks Homes Modernization Barat College Library Elmhurst Art Museum


Adler Planetarium/Sky Pavilion Northwestern Memorial Hospital Schaumburg Baseball Stadium Goldblatt’s Building Renovation Lake City Convention/Visitors Center


Pharmacia Life Sciences Building Bachelor Enlisted Quarter Shedd Aquarium/Amazon Rising North Shore Senior Center


Ubs Tower Glenview Park Center 360 North Michigan Renovation Jubilee Family Resource Center


Homan Square Community Center Levy Senior Center Midwest Center For Green Technology La Rabida Children’s Hospital


Soldier Field Oak Park Public Library York High School Lookingglass Theatre


Lincoln Park Zoo Regenstein Center Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Kendall College Riverworks Camps Patty Turner Senior Center


Conservation Of The U-505 Sub Orland Park Public Library Domestic Violence Court House Rogers Park Montessori School


Gary Comer Youth Center Calamos Headquarters LaSalle Bank Theater Chicago Greenworks

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Klarchek Information Commons Ravinia New Dining Facility Orland Park Police Headquarters Sos Children’s Village


Trump International Hotel Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue Palmer House Hilton Hotel Holy Family Lutheran School

2010 Art Institute Of Chicago Modern Wing & Nichols Bridgeway Metea Valley High School Uno Veterans Memorial Campus Hidden Oaks Nature Center S & C Electric Company Advanced Tech Center Village Of Oak Park Marion & Westgate Street Improvements 2011 300 East Randolph Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Science Center The Sullivan Center Cast Iron Façade Restoration Pcc Wellness Austin Family Health Center Exelon Solar City Nupoc 2012

Ogden International School Astellas North American Headquarters Camp Porter Barracks Iii Forks Steakhouse Hairpin Lofts & Arts Center Old Town School Of Folk Music S-K Hand Tool Teen Living Programs Belfort House

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Chicago and the Chicago Building Congress By James A. Sikich, W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., and CBC President-Elect

Signing documents for the FDR Outer Drive Bridge.


hicago is truly a world-class city. Upon reflection of its many positive, converging and everincreasing attributes, it becomes readily clear that the Chicago building industry plays no small part and continues to be a major factor in shaping our city’s fabric. In turn, the Chicago Building Congress has, since its inception 75 years ago, continued to serve the interests of this industry by providing opportunities for all those related to come together in one collaborative association. Our city is a major population center; it is the third most populous city and the third-largest metropolitan area in our country. Size notwithstanding, Chicago remains recognized as a “city of neighborhoods”, home to multitudes of people of many races, religions, cultural diversities and walks-


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of-life, all working, playing, and living together in this city to make it what it is. Indeed, Chicago is a true melting pot. Chicago is also a major transportation hub; given our major airports, our extensive network of railways and our connection of waterways, it represents the very heart of our country for air, water and land – shipping and/or passage to the rest of the world. Our city is globally recognized for its financial, commercial and industrial business opportunities and successes. Our city’s higher education, research and health care facilities and institutions are known as well to be some of the best in the nation. Chicago is truly a cultural mecca, known to be a global attraction for its dance, music, theatre and cuisine as well as its museums and arts institutions. Chicago is also recognized and venerated for its magnificent architecture. Over the years, our city has proudly staked claim to some of the largest, tallest, and most unique buildings and infrastructure in the country, hemisphere – in the world. In many respects, Chicago is the “second-to-none” city. All of the above achievements notwithstanding, our city is perhaps most widely renowned for what it takes to pull all of this together: our people; our work ethic; our ever-enduring attitude to “do whatever it takes” to get it done. Great fire? Then rebuild, never hesitating. Envision a building with more windows and interior space? Build the first skyscraper. Need fresh water and greater access for

U-505 submarine exhibit pavilion at the Museum of Science & Industry. Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. and individuals in our business. The CBC, through its informative meetings, educational programs, recognition events and regularly scheduled gatherings, continues to provide an avenue for its members to network and build relationships that build Chicago. We at W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., celebrating our own 87th year in business, can and do proudly share in being a part of building this great city – the original Lake shipping? Build a canal and reverse the river… and so on and so on. Chicago has been, and continues to be, a city that endures, rises up, and succeeds. It has become what it is and accomplished what it has due to the people we have, the skills, knowledge and attitude they hold and the relationships they have forged. Our building industry, comprised of and due to all related individuals, groups and firms, has been and will continue to be at the very core of our city’s progress, success and prosperity. Now celebrating its 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, the Chicago Building Congress has, in turn, been a junction within the building industry. As the only vertically integrated trade association in our industry, it is the nexus which facilitates the convergence of all of the related entities

Shore Drive “S curve”, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science & Industry U-505 Submarine Pavilion, the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, and “Block 37”, just to name a few. We’re also proud of our involvement over the years within the CBC, including company members serving on the board, a past presidency, as well as receiving recognition in the Award of Honor and Merit Awards programs. W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. heartily congratulates the Chicago Building Congress on its 75th Anniversary and we are confident that the CBC will continue in its long-standing tradition of successfully serving the building industry and Chicago. We salute and thank the CBC members, officers, directors and staff, both past and present, for their involvement, hard work and dedication. p Chicago Building Congress |


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Chicago and the CBC! By Kyle E. Camper, P.E., Vice-President of Hayward Baker Inc. Our Chicago Roots Hayward Baker is North America’s leader in geotechnical construction, and is ranked the No. 1 Excavation/Foundation Contractor by Engineering News-Record. Hayward Baker’s Chicago office is the Midwest Branch headquarters for the central region. The Midwest Branch has grown over 500 percent since 2000. In 2005, Case Foundation Company’s Piling Division was transferred to Hayward Baker’s Chicago office and there has been substantial growth in the earth retention business since then. Hayward Baker Technologies, Techniques and Services Hayward Baker’s Midwest Branch performs most of our company’s nearly 40 techniques. Of the services we perform to solve various structural support, ground improvement, and earth-retention challenges, the following techniques are used most often on our projects in the city of Chicago: Earth Retention – Ranging from simple shoring to complex subterranean reinforcement for permanent deep excavation support, techniques we often use in Chicago include sheet piling and soldier piles and lagging, both with internal bracing and ground anchors. Micropiles – Drilled-in deep foundation elements constructed using high-strength, small-diameter steel casing or threaded bar that can support extremely high vertical loads are installed in restricted-access, low headroom interiors, with limited disruption to normal facility operations. Driven Piles – Deep foundation elements (timber, steel H-piles, pipe piles) driven to a design depth or resistance. The pile resists compressive, uplift and lateral loads. Grouting Systems – Our grouting systems solve a variety of geotechnical issues for new and remedial construction, such as groundwater cutoff, strengthening in-situ soils for tunneling support, remediating structural settlement, underpinning, Construction of the new Mansueto Library on the campus the University of Chicago Campus.


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liquefaction mitigation, and constructing or repairing retaining walls. We often employ jet grouting, tunnel grouting (e.g., abandoned freight and water tunnels), and compaction grouting in Chicago. Aggregate Piers and Stone Columns – Among the many ground improvement techniques we employ are Vibro Piers™: short, stiff aggregate piers constructed to reinforce fine-grained soils. Stone columns are constructed the same way, but to greater depth. Vibratory energy densifies added aggregate and strengthens the soil, increasing bearing capacity and decreasing settlement for planned structures and embankments. See our entire range of techniques in our advertisement on the outside back cover of the yearbook. We’re committed to employing the very latest technologies and specialty equipment to deliver successful results at the greatest level of efficiency. Key Projects We’re proud to have been involved in construction projects involving some of Chicago’s best known landmarks and locations. Here‘s a sampling:

Construction of the relocated Wabash Avenue as part of the Trump Tower project. Mansueto Library – University of Chicago Construction of a new below-grade library included a permanently tied-back structural slurry wall capped with a glass-dome roof. The work included four rows of permanent ground anchors for the 54-foot-deep excavation. Trump Tower Designed and installed a significant earth retention system along the Chicago River for the relocation of Wabash Avenue and the new Trump Tower. Over 2,000 lineal wall feet of both internally braced and anchored sheeting were installed for temporary support of 20-foot to 40-foot-deep excavations. Wacker Drive Reconstruction For the reconstruction of both phases more than 350 micropiles were installed where utilities, overhead restrictions or underground structures prevented the use of caissons. The Art Institute – Modern Wing The construction of the new Modern Wing included an earth retention system consisting of sheet piles with ground anchors and internal bracing to support a 40-foot-deep excavation. A portion of the sheeting was installed with a specially designed vibration-free hydraulic presser when in close proximity to vibration-sensitive areas of existing structures. Micropiles were also installed to support new structures within the existing museum in limited access/ headroom areas. CTA Subway Stations The subway station at Grand & State and at Chicago & State are two CTA subway stations where we have provided earth retention and underpinning services for expansion projects. Technologies employed include jet grouting, micropiles, and ground anchors for these very complex systems. Orchestra Hall The deep foundations needed to support a new threestory addition over the existing 10-story structure were particularly challenging due to installation in the narrow Orchestra Hall arcade. We installed 94 100-foot-long, rocksocketed micropiles with capacities of 200k to support the new upper levels. This was the first use of high capacity micropiles in Chicago. Bridge Tender’s House – Monroe Street Built in 1919, this bridge tender’s house is a three-story frame structure with a terra cotta façade, supported by a pile cap resting on two rows of timber piles of unknown lengths. Long subject to slow settling and tilting due to

severe deterioration of the wood piles at the water line, we installed 10 vertical and battered, 200k capacity preloaded micropiles socketed into bedrock to re-support the house – the first use of micropiles to support a bridge tender’s house on the Chicago River. Soldier Field When Soldier Field was rebuilt, it broke new ground in driven and drilled piles. In the 60 locations where piles were not drivable due to proximity to the historical colonnades, we installed 400k capacity micropiles – the first time micropiles of this capacity were used in Chicago. Chicago Spire Before the project was halted due to the economic downturn, the Chicago Spire would have been the tallest building in North America. It did, however, set the record for the deepest building foundation excavation in Chicago. Hayward Baker designed and constructed a 100-footdiameter sheet pile cofferdam with seven levels of internal ring beams to allow excavation of the building’s core to 76 feet. The foundation and earth retention work was completed event though the superstructure was canceled. Congratulations! We congratulate the Chicago Building Congress for 75 years of facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between developers, builders, engineers, architects, financial institutions, and all others who work to build, maintain and improve the unique cityscape that is Chicago. We’re pleased be part of the CBC and play an active role in supporting your efforts. Contact Us! Kyle E. Camper, P.E., Vice-President Hayward Baker Inc. 1350 West Lake Street, Roselle, IL 60172 Tel: 630-339-4317 | Fax: 630-351-1984 p Chicago Building Congress |


Father and son:

Two takes on the CBC By Paul K. Helmer, The Krez Group, CBC Vice-President


n response to the question, “Why has Krez Group, formerly Paul J. Krez Company, been part of the CBC for decades?” Simply put, we have found tremendous value in this organization! The Chicago Building Congress (“the Congress”) is an association that represents all aspects of the Chicago building industry. From developers, architects, engineers and designers, to general contractors, subcontractors, materials and other suppliers, to accountants, insurance providers, bankers, lawyers, labor unions and government agencies – everyone and everything that is needed to produce a building is represented in the CBC. The Congress offers the opportunity for developing relationships with peers not only in your area of expertise, but also with people who are your customers and suppliers. The

Congress offers continuous learning and networking opportunities at their monthly luncheons, at their annual golf outings and trade shows, and at their Merit Award dinners and Award of Honor luncheons. The Congress also interacts with both CFMA and ASA from time to time, to join forces with these other professional organizations in a way that brings forth a more intense and rewarding program for all memberships. Young and upcoming leaders in the construction industry also are given their own unique opportunities to connect and network with both their peers in their age group, as well as more established people, by becoming involved in the CBC Future Leaders program. These events meet several times each year and develop their own agenda for the needs of their constituencies.

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By Paul J. Helmer, The Krez Group, CBC Past President (1985–1987)


he Chicago Building Congress has always been comprised of a fine group of varied business leaders. Many of the names I view – on the past presidents’ list bring back memories of some very good – as well as difficult – times and situations. I was president from 1985–87, following Gene Cook of Holabird & Root, John Johannesen of Pepper Construction, Joe Rutunno of W.E.O’Neil, and George Darrell of MGF. All were great guys who were good to work with. Jack Bornhoeft of Meyne and Thomas M. Gibson of Gibson Electric followed me, and made great advances for the CBC. Things were different then in the construction industry. We had a very active joint Conference Board, which I chaired for 13 years and which met and settled jurisdiction disputes between the members of the Building Trades Council. Tom Nayder represented that group with a firm, but gentle, hand. He was a good leader who did everything he could for the Building Trades of Chicago. All of the unions in Chicago were members of the joint Conference Board and followed the decisions of the board, though sometimes reluctantly. The office was run by Fran Flood for many years. Though the CBC did not have any authority regarding the Joint Conference Board, we all worked together for the best interests of Chicago. We never had a jurisdictional dispute that shut-down

construction in the city of Chicago. Yearly, at the Merit Awards, we

things done, to meet with old friends as well as develop new friends, to learn

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about what’s happening in the Chicago

for the buildings that were outstanding

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for their beauty and functionality, and

the best of the best!

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The CBC and Finishing Chicago…

Working together to achieve success

By Clark Johnson, Director of Marketing at Finishing Chicago, and CBC Board Member

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ongratulations to the Chicago Building Congress for 75 successful years! They have proven beyond a doubt that a group has a much greater impact than an individual. As CBC members for the past three years, Finishing Chicago has witnessed this first-hand and is pleased to be a part of this worthwhile organization. The numerous CBC networking events and educational programs throughout each year provide a diverse range


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of opportunities for Finishing Chicago painting, wallcovering and drywall finishing contractors to connect with a variety of trade professionals while helping to support the construction industry overall. Participating in the CBC forum allows us to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to common problems with like-minded individuals. As the joint marketing effort for over 137 painting, wall-covering and drywall finishing contractors, is a great resource for builders, developers and general contractors. We offer insights and assist them with finding experienced finishing contractors who are best qualified for their specific project. Doing a little homework will save our fellow members from potential headaches and ensure professional results for their finishing projects. Here are simple steps they can follow: Find the right fit. Ask the companies if they have performed the work that you need and get specific examples from the last year or two. Don’t waste time on subcontractors whose skills don’t match the job requirements. Look for pros. Focus on companies that have been in business for at least five years – the longer the better – so you can be sure they have established track records. Going green? Look for experience. Sustainability and LEED green building methods are the cornerstones of many finishing projects today. If you need to comply with LEED requirements or other eco-friendly standards, be sure the finishing contractors you’re considering have experience with these projects, including maintaining indoor air quality on job sites, disposing of waste materials responsibly, recycling as many materials as possible, and using low-odor paints and finishes. Stay safe. Ask for their experience modification rates (EMRs), which reflect their safety records for insurance

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If you choose the lowest bidder automatically, you’re probably going to be disappointed with the results. Don’t scrimp on quality; like any other service you get what you pay for with finishing contractors premiums. In addition, find out what kind of training their field workers complete and if they have ongoing education. Most finishing contractors undergo basic 10-hour federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training, but if they have OSHA 30-hour certification, that’s even better. You can even contact OSHA to see if the subcontractors have any violations within the past two years. For extra reassurance, make sure the companies require their workers to comply with anti-drug and alcohol policies. Verify licensing and insurance coverage. Make sure the companies are licensed, bonded and insured. Get copies of their current insurance certificates – don’t just take their word for it. If there’s any question about the subcontractors’ coverage, ask for their agents’ contact information. If they balk, that’s a red flag. Avoid doing business with any finishing contractor that doesn’t carry the appropriate insurance, or you’ll be liable for any injuries or damages that occur during the project. Think beyond price. If you choose the lowest bidder automatically, you’re probably going to be disappointed with the results. Don’t scrimp on quality; like any other service you get what you pay for with finishing contractors. Remember, your best resource for painting, wall-covering, faux and drywall finishing contractors. We look forward to a long-term relationship with the Chicago Building Congress and are excited about their new programs and initiatives, including the Future Leaders Group. Bringing in a new generation of high-energy,

accomplished professionals to perpetuate the goals of the CBC is crucial to the continued success of the organization as well as the Chicagoland construction industry. p

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Thirty years with the CBC By James E. Zajac, Principle, Perkins & Will, CBC President (1991–1993)


have been associated with the Chicago Building Congress for over 30 years. During that prolonged period of time, I have had the pleasure of meeting and greeting the barons of the building industry in the metropolitan area of Chicago. Many of these great men and women have been presidents of the Congress, board members, Award of Honor recipients and, most importantly, a supportive and collaborative general membership. The relationships that one can build over so many years at the Congress (through the volunteer work to help Congress flourish) are unforgettable. This sharing of professional ideas has often brought out the best in innovation in the building industry here in Chicago. Creating an open forum for improvement of our relationships with the governing agencies has also allowed the private/public alliances to strengthen the mission of the CBC to benefit of the building industry both within the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburban areas. The Congress in its early days was merely a luncheon meeting of a few business leaders of the design and construction industry sharing some of their thoughts. The Congress has now grown into a viable voice for the expansion of knowledge and business development with a membership comprised of multiple divisions, including representatives from other associations and government agencies, design entities, financial and insurance institutions, the legal community, and our contractors… taken altogether, the builders of the great city of Chicago. The confluence of these groups provides a platform for the improvement of the building environment within this great community. As an architect within the building industry of


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Chicago, Perkins+Will have grown in parallel with the Congress. It has sent many representatives to the organization who eventually became leaders and presidents of the organization. Our growth has been achieved through the relationships that we have made through the CBC and other leadership organizations of such caliber. Along with the other great firms in the city, we have benefited tremendously from our involvement with this association and know that it truly represents the “Who’s Who” of the building industry. In 1991, I was honored to become elected the president of the Congress. I was supported well by the executive director and the assistants in managing the Congress day-to-day. But the work we accomplished also reflected the dedication of volunteers within the rank and file. That concept is still alive today, where many committees of the Congress such as the Merit Awards, Award of Honor, the Program Committee, the Golf Outing Committee, the Luncheon Committee, and now the Future Leaders Committee, provide outstanding programs that recognize our industry of professionals. Looking forward to the future progress of the Congress, I see it changing continuously as it always has over the years, always changing to meet the needs of the new times and changing environments that await us. The strength of the Congress comes from its people and their mission of consensus, collaboration and communication. In good economic times as well as more difficult periods, the Congress remains a nexus for the development of leadership to guide our building industry for the next 75 years. Congratulations to a great, enduring Chicago institution. p

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PBC and CBC: sharing a history of excellence in the Chicago building industry By Erin Lavin Cabonargi, PBC Executive Director – City of Chicago, and CBC Board Member

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o find commonalities and symmetry between the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) and the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC), one must only reach back into history to find that these long-serving organizations both represent the gold standard of the Chicago building industry. As the Chicago Building Congress celebrates its 75th Anniversary, the Public Building Commission of Chicago boasts 56 years in operation. Chicago Building Congress has been a wonderful partner for the PBC and others, providing standards for quality and innovation in construction and a way for construction leaders to measure success when developing important projects and infrastructure. History started for the PBC when Mayor Richard J. Daley, recognizing the need for professional management of public construction projects, formed the Public Building Commission of Chicago in 1956 to oversee and help ensure


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quality facilities, an important goal that continues to lie at the heart of the organization. Today, PBC chairman Mayor Rahm Emanuel is joined on the board by 10 other business and civic leaders whose dedication to the city and its communities has led them to volunteer their time to shape Chicago’s built environment and its future. Since its inception, the PBC has enhanced education, safety and recreation across Chicago by building or renovating hundreds of schools, city colleges, libraries, parks, fire houses, police stations and other facilities. Through such ambitious initiatives as Neighborhoods Alive 21 and Modern Schools Across Chicago, the PBC has built or renovated facilities that enhance every neighborhood of the city of Chicago and Cook County. PBC clients include the City of Chicago, Cook County, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District and the City Colleges of Chicago. Beginning with land acquisition, the PBC’s professional staff manages each project through planning, financing, site preparation and remediation, design, construction and furnishing, functioning as a single point of responsibility for “turn-key” development. Each project developed by the PBC embraces the type of positive social change that only public development can deliver. In neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago and Cook County, the PBC works with the community to transform rail yards into schools and concrete into campus parks and provide facilities where residents can gather to share the common values that truly build our communities. In 2012 alone, more than 20 awards for excellence in project and program development have been awarded to the PBC. The Public Building Commission continues

James Shields Middle School. Photo courtesy of Steinkamp Photography on behalf of the Public Building Commission.

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy. Photo courtesy of Steinkamp Photography on behalf of the Public Building Commission.

Engine Company 16. Photo courtesy of Steinkamp Photography on behalf of the Public Building Commission.

to forge ahead with other efforts to enrich and rebuild

is always looking for new ways to build upon our success.

communities by replacing and updating police stations, fire

With the partnership of the CBC, chairman Emanuel, and

houses and libraries, renovating and building new Chicago

the PBC Board of Commissioners, the PBC organization will

Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago, and building new recreational facilities for the Chicago Park District. The PBC has also led the way to become a primary provider of surveillance integration systems for the City of Chicago and

continue delivering remarkable public facilities that truly help to “Build Community”. Going forward in that manner, we can thus look forward to working with the CBC and other industry leaders for

her sister agencies. As is the nature of the construction industry, the PBC

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By James Underwood, CDB Executive Director and CBC Board Member


he Capital Development Board (CDB) is the construction management agency for the State of Illinois. As such, it has overseen many statefunded building projects in the Chicago area. Since the Illinois General Assembly passed Governor Pat Quinn’s “Illinois Jobs Now” capital bill in 2009, the Capital Development Board has launched more than 300 new construction projects totaling $3.9 billion. At this writing, more than 100 projects are under construction and over 230 are in the design phase. All told, these projects have generated more than 27,000 construction jobs for Illinois workers. Many of the Illinois Jobs Now! projects are in the Chicago area, including: • The $104-million Advanced Chemical Science Building and $20 million worth of campus renovations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, both in design. • The new $65-million, 200-bed Chicago Veterans Home under construction. A LEED Silver designation will be sought for the building. • Two new buildings at Harper College, a $2- million Engineering and Technical Center under construction and a $40-million Admissions and Student Center in design. LEED Silver certification will be sought for both.

• The $55-million Truman City Colleges Student Services Center which has recently been completed. A LEED Silver certification is being sought for the structure. • The $47-million Student Services Building at the College of Lake County‘s Waukegan campus and a new $24-million Science Building at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus, both in design. A LEED Silver designation will be pursued for both buildings. • The $44-million Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Center at Olive Harvey College, in design. • The $24-million renovation of two buildings at Governor’s State University now under construction. LEED Silver certification will be sought. • The $14-million Technology Building renovation at Triton College now in design. LEED Silver certification will be sought. • $6-million worth of residence hall renovations at the Illinois Math and Science Academy now in design. • The ongoing $4-million renovation of the state-owned Hotel Florence in the historic Pullman neighborhood. • The $3-million Early Childhood Center and $5-million worth of work on the Convocation Center at Chicago State University, both in design.

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celebrating the building industry for 75 years By Raymond J. Camosy, AIC, CPC, Chairman, Camosy Construction, and CBC Board Member


y first professional encounter with the Chicago Building Congress happened in 1998; when Camosy Construction nominated one of the largest and most complex projects in its history for the CBC’s Annual Merit Awards competition. The project we selected as our entry in the “Suburbs” category was Chicago’s Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility that we had recently completed in the city of Elgin. As I recall, at that time Camosy Construction was 88 years old and the Chicago Building Congress was nearly 60 years old. Although I was unfamiliar with who the CBC was and what the association stood for, I was about to learn some wonderful things about this well-respected organization. I remember being quite favorably impressed by the professional manner

in which the CBC conducted the Merit Awards competition. The required questions contained in the written segment were as I imagined they should be, and the finalists’ oral presentations were structured in ways that added much-needed perspective to the written information – while also providing storyboards which could later be used to enhance the awards ceremony venue. I also found the selection process to be fair, accurate, and effective. I particularly admired Awards Committee chairman Joseph Caprile’s concept of the Merit Awards as a “celebration of building”. Even the granite “cornerstones” added a touch of elegance I had rarely witnessed in such celebratory events anywhere. The awards ceremony itself possessed a dignity and class of its own, while showcasing a dozen

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“missions accomplished” of impressive buildings which were successfully constructed in and around the Chicago area. It made me proud to be a builder, when I could take in the whole scene of so many of different kinds of people who were willing to work together to undertake complex and challenging missions – and then accomplish all of them so efficiently and so successfully. I reasoned that there ought to be more of this sort of celebrating because these events clearly demonstrated that the United States possessed all of the artistry, technical skill, management competence, and mechanical know-how it needed to accomplish anything that it set its mind to do. It seemed to me that this impressive level of achievement was well worth celebrating over and over again. This must be so because the “kicks” in the building business are intense and always for real; because the work itself is so exciting and completely absorbing; and because building construction contributes significantly to the well-being of our communities in so many different ways, and on so many different levels. With this kind of positive experience in mind, I decided to help support the Chicago Building Congress in any way I could. I

Camosy Construction’s Merit Award-winning project, Tracon Facility.

When returning home with my cornerstone, the thought occurred to me that the Merit Awards were truly a better and healthier kind of celebration than the Academy Awards could ever be. accepted an appointment to the CBC Board, and worked as its treasurer for several years. I volunteered as often as possible to serve as a judge for other Merit Award competitions, and am proud to say that I managed to fit in about a dozen or so competitions in this capacity. I have been personally pleased to observe both the Chicago Building Congress and the Merit Awards competition continuously grow and improve over the past decade-and-ahalf, and I can easily imagine the CBC growing and improving for many more years to come. Today, the Chicago Building Congress is almost 75 years old and Camosy Construction is 103 years old. During my years with the CBC, I was able to learn much more about Chicago’s history and its buildings than I could have ever foreseen; I’ve met many people whom I never thought I could meet; and I was able to be a first-hand witness to the vibrant, technologically proficient, highly-skilled, very wellorganized, and very creative building industry that is today’s Chicago. p


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CBC AWARD OF HONOR PROGRAM T he Chicago Building Congress “Award of Honor” is the highest personal achievement award that can be bestowed upon an individual in the

Chicago building industry. Now going into its 19th year,

this prestigious award recognizes an outstanding leader for his or her lifetime contributions to the art and science of construction. The CBC will begin a new round of nominations and judging for the 2013 Award of Honor this June. Any person active in the building industry may submit a nomination for an individual or partnership considered deserving of the recognition and prestige of this award. The judging process will convene a panel of five to six judges, all senior members of the industry. The Award of Honor Judging Committee will select a winner in September, following a thorough review and discussion of the entry nominations received. And a festive luncheon will be held in October to fete the new AOH honoree.

Past Recipients of the CBC Award of Honor: 1995 – Richard S. Pepper (Pepper Construction) 1996 – John E. Kenny, Sr. (Kenny Construction) 1997 – Melvin Gray (GRAYCOR) 1998 – Adrian Smith (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) 1999 – Raymond A. Worley (Morse Diesel International) 2000 – Eli W. Cohen (Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.) 2001 – Parker R. Thorne (Thorne Associates, Inc.) 2002 – Robert Wislow (U. S. Equities Realty, LLC) 2003 – Sidney Epstein (A. Epstein & Sons International) 2004 – Alvin Gorman (Power Construction Company) 2005 – Richard A. Stein (Mesirow Stein Real Estate) 2006 – Clyde N. Baker, Jr. (STS Consultants) 2007 – Dirk Lohan (Lohan Anderson) 2008 – Michael J. Faron (W. E. O’Neil Construction Co.) 2009 – Drew E. Waitley (LaSalle National Bank) 2010 – Joseph R. Krusinski (Krusinski Construction Co.) 2011 – Carol Ross Barney (Ross Barney Architects) 2012 – Ralph Johnson (Perkins+Will)

Left to right: 1995 – Richard Pepper 1996 – John E. Kenny, Sr. 1997 – Melvin Gray

Left to right: 1998 – Adrian D. Smith 1999 – Raymond A. Worley 2000 – Eli W. Cohen


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Left to right: 2001 – Parker R. Thorne 2002 – Robert A. Wislow 2003 – Sidney Epstein

Left to right: 2004 – Al Gorman 2005 – Richard A. Stein 2006 – Clyde N. Baker, Jr.

Left to right: 2007 – Dirk Lohan 2008 – Michael J. Faron 2009 – Drew E. Waitley

Left to right: 2010 – Joseph R. Krusinski 2011 – Carol Ross Barney 2012 – Ralph Johnson

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The Minutes

take hours By Richard Volkmer, CBC Executive Director Emeritus, and Kathryn Sennese, Research Assistant


very trade association as old as the Chicago Building Congress harbors an extensive library of musty Minutes documenting its official proceedings. These files are typically maintained by successive generations of diligent “Recording Secretaries” over the years, to be carefully stored for posterity. The Minute-takers have been heard to grumble, “The Minutes take hours!” Sadly, those carefully-prepared Minutes are seldom referred to as time goes by… they just continue accumulating. However, for the adventurous soul willing to mine those old Minutes, a wealth of interesting discoveries from the past present themselves, the echoes of years long gone by. The

hunt is like panning for gold – you just never know where you’ll find an interesting nugget. CBC records reach back all the way to 1938, when the organization was just being founded. At last count, there are now over a dozen bound books of old CBC Board Meeting Minutes. When encountering this voluminous record, one cannot fail to be impressed by the product of those dedicated individuals, each of whom took careful notes and laboriously typed out by hand all those words that come down to us today. Upon perusing a few years worth of entries, another observation presents itself: how often these echoes of the past parallel our modern experiences. In fact, the issues of the day do have

a way of repeating themselves, even in the mundane day-to-day affairs of the association. We’re still dealing with government regulation, we’re still trying to recruit great speakers for luncheon meetings, we’re still beating the bushes to improve meeting attendance, and we’re still running membership drives and trying to involve more young leaders. In association life, some truths are immortal.

FOUNDATION Elsewhere in this Yearbook, the founding of CBC is treated in some detail. Nevertheless, it remains instructive to review the very earliest CBC Minutes for documentation of that Moment of Creation. The pride shines through, and one can almost feel contagious enthusiasm in the room, a moment frozen in time. CBC Minutes 12-13-1938 The meeting was called to order by Elmer C. Jensen, acting as Chairman, and Paul D. Angell, acting as Secretary. There were present more than 400 representatives of the building industry in the Chicago metropolitan area. Mr. Johnson, Mr. Angell, Mr. Oscar Rosenthal, and others spoke at some length on the need for a comprehensive organization composed of all branches of the Building Industry in the Chicago area. Mr. Angell then presented the recommendations of the Organization Committee, which was appointed at an informal meeting held


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at the Union League Club in Chicago on June 27, 1938. The members of this committee were: Elmer C. Jensen, Paul D Angell, John A. Holabird, J. Soule Warterfield, Charles M. toeLaer, Russell G. Creviston, and Charles M. Hines. The report contained a draft of the proposed Constitution and Bylaws and a list of proposed Officers and Directors for the Chicago Building Congress. On a motion made by George C. Nimmons, seconded by E.K. Collison, the issues were put to a vote and unanimously carried, as the following resolutions were adopted: BE IT RESOLVED, that an Association of the component parts of the Building Industry in Chicago and its environs be and is hereby organized, same to be known as Chicago Building Congress; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Constitution and Bylaws, as submitted by the Organization Committee, be and are hereby approved; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the list of Officers and Directors, as contained in the Report of the Organization Committee, be approved, and the Officers and Directors be and are hereby elected; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Officers and Directors, when elected, be and are hereby authorized and directed to apply it to the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois for a Charter. The very first CBC Minutes concluded with a roster of newly elected officers and directors, and noted that an invitation was extended to all present to sign cards indicating their formal application for membership in the newly launched Chicago Building Congress. In its first years, the new organization was buckling down to business, tackling problems, promoting itself with

billboards, hosting its first Annual CBC Banquet dinner. CBC Minutes 1-24-1939 Mr. D’Esposito asked that a full, complete, and fearless study and analysis be made of the basic problems confronting the Building Industry in the Chicago area. CBC Minutes 10-31-1939 Mr. Holabird, as chairman of the Committee on Insurance, reported on the findings of this Committee as to the ability of insurance companies to buy, build, and operate housing projects in Illinois. He said that companies organized under Illinois law were not allowed to make loans for this purpose or to buy, build, or operate a housing project, but the companies organized under the laws of other states, if the laws of most so permitted, could come into Illinois and do this type of business.

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Other Minutes entries reflect more ordinary association considerations, such as early promotional efforts, renting office space, and launching a successful annual banquet.

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CBC Minutes 10-31-1939 Mr. Angell also reported that he and Mr. Jensen had been considering the possibility of an Anniversary Banquet to round out the first year of the Congress. He had corresponded with 12 wellknown national figures for the purpose of securing speakers. It was decided to hold the Banquet on February 13, 1940, in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House.

to address the CBC Annual Banquet

CBC Minutes 11-13-1939 Mr. Angell reported that he had reached an agreement with the General Outdoor Advertising Company for advertising services on 20 billboards for one month at $200. After some discussion, it was agreed that the subject matter of the display should be “Build For Security.” CBC Minutes 1-22-1940 As Chairman of the Banquet Committee, Mr. Angell reported that three speakers had been secured namely Roy Wenzlick, President of Real Estate


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S. Lyon, Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Association of Commerce; and Patrick F. Sullivan, President of the Chicago Building Trades Council; Conference in the Palmer House on February 13th. It was agreed that Mayor Kelly and Oscar Mayer, President of the Association of Commerce, be invited to sit at the speakers’ table. CBC Minutes 10-7-1940 The President and the Secretary of this Association are hereby authorized to execute, in the name of the Chicago Building Congress, as lessee, a lease from the LaSalle-Monroe Building Corporation, lessor, all the office space known as Room 823, 39 south LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, for a term of 16 months beginning January 1, 1941, and ending April 30, 1942, at the rental of $52.50 per month for the term of the lease. Because the 1940 CBC Annual Banquet event was such a grand success, a year later we can find the second annual event being planned by Mr. Angell.

CBC Minutes 2-5-1941 As Chairman of the Banquet Committee, Mr. Angell reported on preparations being made by his Committee for the Second Annual Building Industry Banquet in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer house on Thursday evening, February 20, 1941. By the following year, the third annual event was well-underway, and CBC was building its broad base. CBC Minutes 2-16-1942 The Chairman asked Mr. Angell to report on the Annual Building Industry Banquet conference which is scheduled to take place on March 5th in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House. The Annual Building Industry Banquet conference will be an all-industry gathering of all branches of the Building Construction Industry. A definite effort has been made to contact all of the groups, trade bodies, and associations of the Building Construction Industry in order that they may participate through their executives in this allimportant annual event. At no time since its foundation has the Congress received such whole-hearted support and approval, indicating to a very large extent a complete acceptance of the leadership of the Congress among the building construction circles of the city. Without question, the mood at the third Annual Building Industry Banquet conference was less jubilant than the first two occasions. Taking place less than three months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States becoming drawn into World War II, this meeting’s discussions would foreshadow concerns over wartime conditions to be endured by the building industry for several years to come. Reading between the lines, it seems that no one really anticipated the war to last so long. In fact, CBC discussions throughout the war kept

returning to the need to plan for peacetime conditions. Mr. Angell promised that the Building Industry Banquet will be a truly worthwhile undertaking if it is used to disseminate information on the problems confronting the Building Construction Industry during the war as well as on the problems which will confront the industry at the termination of the conflict.

THE WAR YEARS As the war clouds from Europe and Asia blew toward the United States, the CBC concerned itself about government policies regarding the building industry even before our country was drawn into the hostilities. Soon enough, the Congress was enduring all that had been feared about the outbreak of war, and worrying throughout the conflict about the aftermath. CBC Minutes 6-18-1940 On the motion of Mr. Creviston, seconded by Mr. Holabird, the following Resolution was adopted: Whereas, it is a historically-documented fact that, as a result of lack of constructive policies, the United States, during the last World War between 1914 and 1918, directed its attention solely for aiding and abetting the war industries of the nation at the expense and unreasonable neglect of the so-called Peace Industries, including building construction, and as a result, therefore, contributed toward a general dislocation of economic processes through the creation of artificial peaks and valleys in the economy of the nation. Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that while the Chicago Building Congress strongly recommends and heartily approves of all the necessary steps which have been or are to be taken by the Federal Government in order to provide adequate military defenses against any outside enemy, however, in addition and in connection therewith, it recommends

that a parallel program of building construction activities be followed so that the proper balance may be maintained between the nation’s armament industries and its wealth-producing industries; With the Declaration of War following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the new realities of shortages, rationing, and price controls had set in, all shouldered with energetic patriotism. CBC Minutes 1-13-1942 Mr. Jensen said that since the incident at Pearl Harbor, we are “all out for war” but that sooner or later, the postwar period will come and that the Congress should be forward in the manner of building up a reserve for the unemployment which is bound to exist. CBC Minutes 4-15-1942 Mr. Rosenthal further spoke on the responsibility of the Construction Industry for the duration of the conflict, which by nature is implied and self-imposed upon every patriotic number of the Industry. He concluded that the Chicago Building Congress, together with every other group or association of the Building Construction Industry in the nation, is

duty-bound to offer its counsel, advice, and observation to our government, so the greatest possible results can be achieved in meeting the demands of our national war effort. CBC Minutes 7-13-1942 Mr. Rosenthal spoke for the necessity of postwar planning. “This war is going to end,” he stated, “and when that end comes, we should be far-sighted enough and prepared for the type of job that we must do to effectively keep the industry going and give whatever aid and assistance we may be able to give to the community. The Chicago Building Congress,” he stated, “in my opinion and with your approval, gentlemen, will dedicate all of its moral and professional prestige towards the end that the Building Construction Industry is an effective instrument in making our national war effort a successful and victorious undertaking.” Time and again, Chicago Building Congress focused upon the need for postwar planning. CBC Minutes 2-10-1943 During the latter part of the year, this Association again undertook the task


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of examining the situation relative to Post-War planning, dealing with the functions of problems of the Building Construction Industry in a world at peace, after the current conflict has been victoriously terminated. It is the opinion of the officers that this Board should approve the creation of a Committee on Postwar Planning, and charge the same with the task of preparing a wellrounded, integrated, practical report on post-war planning affecting all phases of construction. The Committee should be directed to deal with transportation, urban redevelopment of blighted areas, land utilization and project development, new zoning ordinances, amendments to the municipal building code, comprehensive mortgage legislation, and progressive and enlightened standards for the building trades. Within a month after the war finally ended, the CBC hosted a summit at the LaSalle Hotel which was attended

by representatives of numerous associations representing architects, engineers, builders, developers, bankers, real estate agents, building trades, and material suppliers. An Eight-Point Plan was unanimously adopted by the assemblage to confront the problems facing the building industry during the coming post-war period. The Plan concerned itself with removing Federal wartime controls over the industry, dealing with Material and Manpower shortages, and cutting off the specter of inflation. Soon, housing issues would surpass all other post-war concerns. By 1946, a new CBC subcommittee was investigating the task of determining housing needs for returning World War II veterans. The subcommittee realized that new buildings produced to meet this emergency would last for 50 to 60 years, but nevertheless make a sound contribution to the city’s housing


supply. The new homes would also have to meet the family budgets of all income groups. CBC Minutes 5-17-1946 The subcommittee finds that, during the period ending December 31, 1947, there will be a total of 161,000 dwellings needed for veterans’ families in the metropolitan area. Of these, 119,500 are needed within the city, 41,500 within the four suburban counties constituting the remainder of the metropolitan area. CBC Minutes 6-19-1946 Mr. Loebl read a report on G.I. Housing goals covering the housing needs in four counties. Mr. D’Esposito asked if other families besides G. I.s were not entitled to some rights, since the need is just as great in all classes. Mr. Loebl replied that it is up to us to find shelter for all groups and that once the machinery is set up to take care of the G. I.s according to the government plan, it can be utilized for others. Mr. Jensen asked if an analysis could be made to determine the underlying causes of the present chaotic building condition. Mr. D’Esposito expressed the feeling that all our discussions and investigations will be fruitless as there is no escape. We must face the fact that we are confronted with a much higher price level because of the tremendous government debt. The war must be paid for on the basis of new costs and they will not come down for some time. The feeling generally prevailed that competition will eventually correct price conditions.

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One can sense a huge collective sigh of relief when World War II finally ground to a merciful conclusion in the third quarter of 1945. A celebratory mood gripped the country, and now the air was again full of promise and opportunity. For the building industry, everyone predicted an explosion

of activity to meet long-postponed commercial needs and to provide housing for the horde of returning servicemen. Dodge Corporation tooled up to report this explosive news with a new weekly publication. Labor struggled to escape the blame for skyrocketing construction prices, and reported on the swollen ranks of apprentices in training. CBC Minutes 2-5-1946 The Dodge Corporation is going to put out a daily newspaper devoted exclusively to the construction industry. A paper is going to give the Building Congress and other organizations that have something to tell a chance to tell it and in the way it should be told, complete in the details that should be given to it. It will be called the Chicago Construction News and be issued five days a week, eight pages, at $30.00 a year. CBC Minutes 6-19-1946 Mr. Esposito inquired of Mr. McMahon why the building trades do not publicize the fact that labor is not responsible for high building costs, which seems to be the general impression. They employed a disinterested account to check the costs on three projects under construction, which showed that labor only amounts to 28% of total building cost. Other Board Members cited instances of cost increases on jobs in their offices where operations formerly constructed for $5.00 or $6.00 per square foot were now costing $15.00 and $16.00 per square foot. There was a general discussion of extremely high costs of building today. CBC Minutes 6-9-1948 The Chicago & Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council presented a report on the number of mechanics in training within the industry as of June 1, 1948. At Washburne Trade School, the Apprentices in training included 783 carpenters, 334 painters,

907 electricians, 677 plumbers, 389 plasterers, 500 pipe fitters, 215 pipe fitters, 307 sheet metal workers, 145 cement finishers, and 130 tile setters. There were another 650 brick layers at the Bricklayers School. By 1949, the track of postwar history had become well-defined in terms of renewed prosperity, but a new round of shortages and price controls lay ahead… thanks to the unanticipated outbreak of another

war in Korea. On the brink of that conflict, CBC President Charles Nicol waxed philosophical about the prestigious role CBC had come to play in the past 11 years. For the most part, the association concerned itself with housing issues, urban renewal, membership drives, raising dues, and upgrading local transportation. Ever alert to changing sensitivities, the Slum Clearance & Development Committee renamed itself the Urban

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Renewal Committee. Hoping to solidify its gains, the CBC Membership Committee determined that the Congress should recruit more young executives as members and conduct more social events. CBC Minutes 2-8-1949 CBC outgoing President Charles W. Nicol recalled that Chicago Building Congress at that time had enjoyed a history of 11 years of honorable activities and prestige. His comments for the Annual Meeting held at the LaSalle Hotel indicated that the Chicago Building Congress is a philosophy. Its conception and By-laws reflect the high ideals and purposes espoused by the Founders. If the Officers, Directors, and Committee Members, through their efforts on behalf of the idealistic and realistic purposes of the Congress, can help to bring about a better understanding between the various divergent interests which make up the Building Industry; can engender friendships between the members of the Congress and others Allied with them; can assist in the education and development of young men into capable and respected participants in the industry; can develop a unified Congress voice in

civic affairs to the credit of the Industry, can aid in correcting those practices which tend to create disturbances between various elements of the Industry and the public; and can assist, through Congress action, in securing for the industry greater recognition as to its valuable services; these men will have been amply compensated for their expended time and energy and for their applied ability. The Building Congress is unselfishly representative of all branches of the Industry, including Labor, Materials, Equipment, Contracting, Real Estate, Banking, Transportation, Law, Management, Brokerage, Appraising, Engineering, Architecture, and other Allied Branches. Special mention is also due to the Program Committee through whose efforts splendid forum programs have been presented during the past two years on the subjects of Redevelopment, Transportation, Building Codes, Zoning, Terminals, Atomic Energy, and New Materials. The speakers have been men of prominence and authority, and their subjects have been timely and vital. These programs have stimulated interest in the Congress and been helpful to the

efforts of the Membership Committee, which has doubled the membership since 1947. CBC Minutes 3-10–1949 President W. Fred Dolke stated that the Chicago Building Congress feels its bound duty to scan the horizons of the future and then add its voice to that of others who seek to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Nation. We may become alarmed by what we hear and see or we may choose to neglect to read the signs of the times. In either event, we would be failing in our duty as citizens and members of the Building Industry if we do not enthrone reason and intelligence as our guideposts in approaching the problems of the future. CBC Minutes 4-8-1949 The CBC Finance Committee has reviewed at length the financial requirements of the Association and strongly recommends an increase in dues. Annual dues shall be $25 for an individual membership and $50.00 for a corporation, partnership, or labor union membership. CBC Minutes 6-16-1950 Mr. Kruggel, Chairman of the Urban Development Committee, reported that the committee had changed its name from “Slum Clearance and Development” to “Urban Development.” These are the divisions for this committee: Railroad Terminal, Industrial Development, Highways, and Re-housing for Low Income Groups. CBC Minutes 6-11-1951 An open discussion took place at this time and the following suggestions were made. Number one, we should get more young executives interested in the Congress and our Committee work. Number two, we should have more social functions in order to interest more potential members in the Congress.


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CBC Minutes 2-16-1954 W. Fred Dolke brought up the matter of CTA president Ralph Budd’s proposal for a comprehensive plan for extending the rapid transit system and replacing the old elevated structure in the Loop with a new subway. Letters were to be directed to Rolf Bogdan, Mayor Kennelly, and Virgil Gunlock stating Congress endorsement of the proposed plans for razing the Loop “L” structures and outlining the strong need for the extension of rapid transit in Chicago as a Number One Improvement.

Meetings and Social Events CBC hit its post-war stride with a series of programs for 1947 and 1948 held at such venues as the Builders Club, the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House, the Century Room of the LaSalle Hotel, and the University Club. Foremost speakers addressed such topics as Chicago Builds, Transportation and the Chicago Region, The Chicago Building Code, Who’s Going to Build What-When-Where and How in 1948, What Atomic Energy Means To Industry, New Horizons In Chicago’s Housing Picture, Solution of the Railway Terminal Problem, and Technical Advances Made by the Building Industry. CBC Minutes 9-24-1956 L. Kelley, Chairman of the Program Committee, reported that the October meeting would feature a progress report on the Saint Lawrence Seaway by Mr. Martin W. Oettershagen, and that Dr. George Cline Smith, chief economist with F.W. Dodge Corporation, would deliver an economic forecast on the “1957 Construction Outlook.” Dr. Smith would reprise his economic forecasts several times in subsequent years, and the CBC Economic Forecast has come down to the present day as a tradition. In fact, it is one of the most popular and best-

attended CBC meetings every year, without fail. CBC Minutes 2-27-1957 Program committee Chairman Eugene G. Hart reported on having scheduled Andrew W. Kramer, Editor of “Power Engineering” magazine to speak on “Atomic Energy” at the March meeting and General Bragdon, President Eisenhower’s Construction Adviser, to address the Congress in April. By June of 1957, Mr. Hart was reporting on a novel social event being planned for June 5th at the Old Orchard Mall. CBC was on the trail of “social networking” before that term existed, tapping into the wellspring of fellowship it still enjoys today. CBC Minutes 5-7-1957 Eugene Hart stated that our social affair at Old Orchard Mall had been set up for once June 5th, and that we were just waiting for final arrangements with Marshall Field and Company. He stated that the store would be closed to the public that night, we would have a fashion show the people run by Fields, citations would be presented to Fields, Jerrold Loebl, architect, and the Inland Construction Company, builders. Dinner would be served in the Hawthorne Room, with cocktails in the Arcade Room. A short film of 12 to 15 minutes would show progress of the work done in the shopping center and there would be a tour of the store. The Merit Awards program was launched in 1956 (see Merit Awards history article elsewhere), succeeding a more modest earlier CBC program for granting Craftsmanship Awards to project participants. By 1958, the Merit Award event (only one was issued every year in those days) had become a gala celebration conducted on-site at the project. Inland Steel hosted the 1958 building tour to celebrate its award. A year later, the

Illinois Toll Highway Commission was honored in grand fashion. The Merit Awards program was picking up steam and scope. In 1960, the Board determined that such previous designations as “Craftsmanship Award” and “Honor Award” would be set aside and the term “Merit Award” be established permanently to best reflect the many attributes of a winning entry. Interestingly, a totally different new CBC “Award of Honor” would emerge in later years, designed to recognize the lifetime achievements of an industry leader every year. Over the years, the Merit Awards would become the single largest annual effort every year for the CBC, taking half a calendar year from Call for Entries in December to a gala Merit Awards Night in May. Categories have been added to accommodate multiple winners, the judging process has become better organized and more stringent, and, in the process, winning a Merit Award has gained even more prestige. CBC Minutes 4-23-1958 A private tour of the Inland Steel Building (19th Floor) will be conducted at 5:30. A Cocktail Party will follow in the 13th Floor Lounge at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Morrison Hotel at 7:00. Immediately following dinner, formal presentation of awards will be made to Inland Steel Company (Owners), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Architects), and Turner Construction Company (Builders). We plan to sell cocktails for $1.00 each (our price will be 65 cents). The price of dinner tickets will be $7.50 per person. CBC Minutes 5-27-1959 Meredith Jensen, Chairman of the Program Committee, reported that plans for the June 12th Merit Award dinner were well-underway. The evening

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would commence with a private tour of the Tollway Administration Building in Itasca, and a Cocktail Party and Dinner would follow at the Spinning Wheel. The Tollway arranged for over 2,000 publicity releases to be sent out, so the Congress should get a great deal of publicity on this affair. The release noted that 187 miles of Tollway had been built in a 28-month period at a cost of $441 million, the scope of work involving 20,000 persons who moved 75 million cubic yards of earth during construction. CBC Minutes 5-12-1960 Awards Committee Chairman Raymond Epstein reviewed the purpose of the award and the list of previous winners. It was agreed that the award should be termed “Merit” rather than “Honor” and the Board approved this new designation: Merit Awards Committee. By the late 1960s, the onset of computerization was intriguing the construction industry. However, it was still the age of mainframe computers and esoteric programming languages like Fortran and Cobol… so not many firms could afford to fill a room with gigantic IBM equipment and hire a

CBC Minutes 6-18-1968 The meeting was called to order by President Alan E. Bulley in the Ballroom of the Lakeshore Club. The presentation entitled Your Automated Competitor was made by Theodore S. Lewis and Edward Fowler of IIT Research Institute. An open question-and-answer period followed. Chairman Clarence F. Piehl of the Program Committee reported that attendees of the Annual Meeting found the discussion on computers quite worthwhile. There were 122 tickets sold for a total revenue of $701.50 against expenses of $556.06, leaving $145.44 for the General Fund. Between 1985 and 1987, the CBC was shifting its attention beyond the local arena, and occasionally hosting famous speakers. As always, the Program Committee beat the drum to ensure attendance. CBC Minutes 6-11-1985 Program Chairman Paul J. Helmer announced that Donald Rumsfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of G.D. Searle & Company, would speak on “The United States’ Role In A Turbulent World.” He urged to his fellow Directors to bring guests to the meeting, noting that no stipend was being required by the speaker.

construction industry. Mr. Witz noted

CBC Minutes 11-23-1987 Program Chairman Bruce H. Schoumacher reported that attendance at the Construction Outlook Luncheon on November 10th was 249 and a lively question-and-answer period had followed George A. Christie’s presentation. He further noted that Governor James R. Thompson would speak at the December luncheon and Directors were urged to invite coworkers and guests to achieve an adequate audience.

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small army of programmers when pencil and paper would still get the estimating done. CBC Minutes 4-29-1968 Program Chairman Clarence F. Piehl inquired about inviting a speaker on computer applications. Mr. Johnson mentioned several recent feature articles in engineering magazines about the expanding use of computers in the

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CBC Golf Outings have once again become a popular CBC annual event during the past decade, after a hiatus of several years. However, they were quite

popular at the CBC back in the 1950s and 1960s. CBC Minutes 3-12-1959 Meredith J. Jensen, Chairman of the Program Committee, reported that the Golf Party would be held at the River Forest Golf Club on July 23, 1959, and that Harry W. Bennett would serve as chairman for the event. CBC Minutes 8-16–1965 Robert L. Johnson was appointed Chairman of the Golf Committee for the 1966 outing. A report was rendered about the 1965 Committee, which had planned to break even financially, but inability to purchase hats within the time available had left behind a surplus of $405.46. The facilities at Nordic Hills Country Club were considered suitable. It was decided that the informal atmosphere of the outing would be impaired by reserved dinner seating. Hats or some other means of identification of CBC players will be arranged. CBC Minutes 5-27-1968 Chairman Richard H. Ray reported that he had visited Nordic Hills Country Club to inspect the newly-completed facilities for the CBC Golf Outing on July 16th. The Club has added a dining room to seat 360 guests and enlarged its parking facilities. The greens fee has been increased by 50¢ and the dinner costs by 65¢ so he would recommend an increase in ticket prices of $1.00 bringing dinneronly tickets to $11.00 and combination golf & dinner tickets to $16.00. The increase was approved. CBC Minutes 5-23-1977 Golf Committee Chairman Frances Flood said that the preliminary announcements would be mailed with the Annual Meeting Notice for the 1977 Golf Outing. Ticket prices would remain the same as in 1976: $25.00 for golf and dinner and $15.00 for dinner only. p

Ensuring your continued financial success By Matthew Gibbons, Managing Director – The PrivateBank and CBC Board Member


espite the economic downturn of 2008, The PrivateBank team witnessed very few bankruptcies within the construction sector – a fact that surprises a lot of clients and prospects. Nevertheless, this end result, we believe, serves as a testament to the power of proactive financial planning and forecasting. Undeniably, the industry “boom” of the early 2000s provided much financial comfort for the years to come, allowing many contractors to get through lean years. But capital alone, without the proper management attached to it, would not have been enough to warrant a success. At The PrivateBank, we believe that a collaborative, strong, proactive approach is the foundation for success. In this industry, having a view of what’s going on in the future and creating a scenario plan for different outcomes is critical. From a banker’s standpoint, liquidity and cash flow are very important, but forecasting and maintaining that cash flow is something we preach to our clients on a daily basis. As we come out of this downturn, the focus now becomes how to ensure that our clients continue to have the capital and liquidity they need to get through higher work programs and backlogs while the economy continues to improve. One piece of advice to fellow CBC members is to maintain effective and clear communication with your financial partners. When forecasting three to six months out, communicate your cash needs, any significant variances, and expectations to the bank and work together on a proper plan. The sooner you can address thereal issues, the better off you’ll be.

Part of your financial plan – though the connection may not seem clear at first – should include networking. Networking gives you visibility into the industry; this visibility is integral to ensuring financial success, not only because it provides an understanding of what is coming down the road but it also helps to secure new work opportunities. Because I share a similar vision for an integrated and collaborative industry, I believe the CBC is a great resource for clients. The CBC has a unique, integrated approach that brings individuals from all industry sectors together for the greater good – a win-win situation for all. We’re aligned with our clients and prospects; we want to see them succeed. So, how do we help them from a financial prospective, and provide the tools and the foresight to help them succeed? The CBC is a great way for all of us to connect with different folks within industry in order to get that message out. The congress is also a great resource for us to learn the current activities of industry. The monthly meetings and seminars, for instance, are very informative and offer inside advice and projections that affect the industry – information integral to financial forecasting. It’s a great way to garner information about the industry, and stay abreast of the issues. Currently, the CBC membership brings forth a wide range of technical knowledge and skills to the table. Looking to the future, it is my hope that the organization will continue to execute plans for strategic growth, building upon its strong foundation and assisting members in their success. p Chicago Building Congress |


Diversity makes the Chicago Building Congress unique By Thomas M. Gibson, Board Member and CBC Past President (1989–1991)


ike the construction industry itself, the Chicago Building Congress has, over its 75-year history, remained very forward-thinking in serving the trade association needs of the Chicago building industry. During the early years of its existence, the primary activity of the Congress was the sponsorship of the annual Building Awards program, now known as the Merit Awards. This award has always been, and continues to be, a highly prestigious award within our industry. During that earlier period, membership was composed

primarily of companies directly related to construction activities, mostly general contractors and architects. However, some 20 years ago significant changes were made to both the structure and the activities of the Congress. These changes were instituted for the purpose of strengthening and expanding the range of services and activities provided to the Congress membership. The structure of the Congress was changed to its present divisional form and many new activities were included. The monthly luncheon program, the annual golf outing and the many

seminars have since become integral components of CBC services. These structural changes plus the additional programs have resulted in a significant broadening of diversity and membership of the Congress. Our ranks today include architects, engineers, builders, developers, plus a host of firms only indirectly involved with actual construction, such as financial institutions, legal and accounting firms, consulting firms, and manufacturers. Thus, we now enjoy a much broader base, with all contributing their part to the continuing growth of the Congress.

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Celebrating our shared anniversaries By John Brining, Executive Director of CISCO and CBC Board Member


t is most fitting that this year the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) – while celebrating its own 25th anniversary – has the opportunity to extend heartiest congratulations to the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) for its 75 years of service to the building industry of Chicago. CISCO and the CBC share a common mission: to unite the building industry and the union construction industry in a shared purpose, and to advance the awareness of our industries among the user community to the arts, sciences, and technologies that construction has to offer. Both of our organizations provide our members with networking and educational opportunities. Our varied memberships include real estate professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, engineering firms, architects, labor unions, associations, governmental entities, banks, insurance providers, consultants, law firms, accounting firms, material manufacturers, and suppliers. The histories of CISCO and the Chicago Building Congress have carried us along many parallel paths, invariably to the benefit of each others’ members. In 1988, the leadership of the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA) recognized a need for a new organization to be established that could provide research and informational services to the entire union construction industry and those who work around it. After many months of strategic planning, CISCO was incorporated in April 1988, and began operations with a shared staff of two and 10 supportive-member organizations from the area building trades and employer associations. As CISCO has grown over the past two and one-half decades, it has grown through several stages of evolution as the challenges facing the industry themselves have changed. When the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 was passed, CISCO developed the Joint Labor-Management

Drug and Alcohol Program as a model to help members keep their organizations within the law. As healthcare costs skyrocketed in the early ‘90s, our leaders launched the Midwest Employee Benefit Fund Coalition, which rallied local union health and welfare funds together to use their collective strength to negotiate with healthcare providers. In terms of political action, CISCO has testified on behalf of several pieces of legislation over the years that protected our industry and helped arrange project labor agreements for large projects within our jurisdiction. Our programs and committees have countered non-union rhetoric, provided mentoring to career-seekers, and educated the industry on the laws that help to maintain our market share. From helping to put our members and their children through college to teaching public bodies to abide by the Illinois Prevailing Wage and Employee Misclassification Acts, CISCO has been dedicated to its original mission – service to the industry. Today, CISCO is an organization of 53 members and 48 associate members whose staff and leadership are dedicated to strengthening the relationship between labor and management and helping the unionized sector of the construction industry overcome the challenges facing it today and tomorrow. Further uniting the efforts of CISCO with those of the CBC, as CISCO executive director, I have also been honored to serve on the CBC Board of Directors, thus cementing the relationship that our two organizations have forged over the years and demonstrating the solid partnership that binds our associations together. Now celebrating 25 and 75 years, respectively, CISCO and the CBC have together demonstrated what can be achieved when all the moving parts of our the building industry mesh together. Let us continue this productive, exciting journey together as a team, for both CISCO and the Congress may both have their best years still ahead. p Chicago Building Congress |


Paschen improves Chicago’s infrastructure F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen By Kirsten Binder, Technical Writer, F.H. Paschen

Fortieth-floor view of Wacker Drive Reconstruction, April, 2012.


ith a family construction history going back to 1906, Paschen has operated as a general contractor and construction manager for over 35 years. Within our firm, the areas of expertise are arranged into three divisions: Civil, Building, and Job Order Contracting (JOC). Our depth of experience within these disciplines includes major highway reconstruction and new construction work, as well as new and renovation work for a wide variety of buildings.


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Public sector clients continue to provide the majority of our business. Our Civil Division works on road, bridge, and rail projects. The Building Division is our cornerstone with the development of schools, libraries, park facilities, police stations, transit services, and water treatment facilities. Our JOC Division completes renovation and repair work within governmental institutions, transportation and airport properties, public and private educational facilities, and other diverse projects throughout the United States.

Michigan Avenue Bridge completed in 1993 for the City of Chicago Department of Transportation.

Wacker Drive Viaduct Reconstruction and Congress Parkway Interchange Project In 2012, City of Chicago Department of Transportation awarded F.H. Paschen/Cabo Joint Venture Outstanding Contractor of the Year for their successful delivery of the Wacker Drive Viaduct Reconstruction and Congress Parkway Interchange project. Work on this project was a major portion of the four-phase “Revive Wacker Drive, Part 2” program. It picked up where the 2001-2002 reconstruction projects left off, restoring the 1950s-era roadway and building marked improvements to the appearance and function of the arterial. This project has helped improve traffic safety and has created new green space in downtown Chicago. Traffic improvements included removing the Franklin ramp onto westbound Congress, and eliminating the double-merge with the Lower Wacker Drive ramp onto westbound Congress. Additionally, the Lower Wacker ramp now has a longer merge lane, which has improved sight-lines and will reduce accidents. Moving the entrance and exit ramps below ground allowed for the creation of a three-acre park. Adjacent roadways were also improved. Freight tunnels built between 1899-1902, currently housing

high-volume fiberoptic cables critical to providing information and power systems, were reinforced with a cast-in-place liner to increase their longevity. The supporting foundation for a 50-story condominium building immediately beside the project required multifaceted engineering and coordination, as well as intensive vibration and settlement monitoring. A three-tiered raker earth retention system was used to support the earth under nearby buildings. Extreme weather conditions were mitigated during both the winter and summer months. During the winter, construction was able to proceed by utilizing cold weather concreting methods. Mechanical cooling methods – chilling the mixing water, cooling the coarse aggregates, and injecting supercooled inert gas into the mixer truck – allowed concrete work to continue during the summer. In some instances, concrete was placed at night or in the early morning, when ambient temperatures were lower and solar heat wasn’t as great a factor. Construction on this project started in June 2010 and improvements were completed in October 2012. The F.H. Paschen/Cabo Joint Venture team was able to maintain access on Congress Parkway and Harrison Street throughout the life of the project. p Chicago Building Congress |


What is your relationship reach? By Gregory R. Meeder, Equity Partner – Holland & Knight LLP and CBC President


y my calculations, the CBC and its members have met at over 600 membership meetings during the last 75 years. The CBC Board has held some 300 meetings during that period. Special other CBC meetings and departmental meetings have also been held for the good of the construction industry in Chicago. These 1,000-plus meetings do not include informal membership meetings, phone calls, emails, staff meetings, cocktail parties and the business opportunities that eventually flowed from all this interaction.

Out of these 1,000-plus CBC meetings over the last 75 years came some good and some betterment for the construction industry in Illinois. Chicago is also now one of the greatest architectural cities in the world; and everything that the CBC has accomplished for the city over these last 75 years, the CBC did with the help of its professional staff, a terrific board of directors, and with tremendous support from CBC members, volunteers and committees. The common thread that runs through all of these CBC meetings is the development of each member’s

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The CBC has also changed over the last 75 years, for the better and for the good. So, too, will our leadership in 2013, we are at an important juncture in determining the health of our construction industry in Chicago.

“relationship reach.” Through every membership meeting, board meeting, special meeting and cocktail party, the CBC has helped grow its members’ relationship reach within the industry. This strengthening of our business and professional relationships has helped foster tremendous progress, creativity, and success for the building industry in Chicago, not to mention give us a world-class city skyline along Lake Michigan. For the next 75 years the CBC’s membership needs to continue to grow its relationship reach in order to better serve the construction industry in Chicago. The CBC has also changed over the last 75 years, for the better and for the good. So, too, will our leadership in 2013, we are at an important juncture in determining the health of

our construction industry in Chicago. Both the CBC and the construction industry need leadership and members who can budget, audit, govern and protect. We need leadership and members that will continue to fight for our construction industry and its uniquely creative influence and economic impact on the city of Chicago. I know that the CBC Board, the membership, and the numerous volunteers at the CBC will continue to expand their relationship reach within the construction industry so that we can achieve new goals with new leadership in the next 75 years. I invite all of you to grow your relationship reach within Chicago’s construction industry through your greater participation in the next 75 years of meetings and interaction at the CBC. p

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Where the CBC meets the road:

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Tollway at I-90 and I-294.


ost member firms of the Chicago Building Congress build vertically, but there is one that lives where the rubber meets the road: the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. The Illinois Tollway, for short, is an agency of the State of Illinois that traces its historic roots back almost as far as the CBC. When the Illinois State Toll Highway Commission was established in 1953, the first three toll highways in the Chicago area were all planned, constructed and opened by 1958. The following year, the Chicago Building Congress presented the agency with its prestigious Merit Award for 1959. Those first three toll highways built are presently called: • Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) • Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) • Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) The Toll Highway Act, in its present form, dates from 1967, under which the current-day Illinois State Toll Highway Authority assumed all the obligations, powers, duties, functions and assets of its predecessor agency, the Illinois State Toll Highway Commission. In the 1970s, the East-West Tollway (originally designated Route 5) was extended westward to Rock Falls. It was given the I-88 designation in 1987 and later renamed the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway in 2004. The North-South Tollway (I-355) was first opened for business in 1989 as a new Tollway between Army Trail


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Road and I-55, then extended in 2007 from I-55 to I-80 after years of delays and environmental issues. It is now known as the Veterans Memorial Tollway. Part of the extension plan, the Des Plaines River Valley Bridge project became a Merit Award finalist in 2008. In 2003, the Illinois Tollway entered into a publicprivate partnership to renovate all seven of its landmark Oases rest stops under the Illinois State Tollway Oases Redevelopment Project, which again resulted in attaining Merit Award finalist status in 2006. In earlier years, the Oases first opened in 1959 were considered so novel and innovative that Chicago-area families would take Sunday drives to visit them and have a bite to eat at the famous Fred Harvey restaurants. In 2004, the Tollway adopted a $5.8-billion CongestionRelief Program named “Open Roads for a Faster Future” to rebuild the main toll plazas for open road tolling, so drivers with transponders could drive at normal speeds under toll-collecting equipment instead of stopping to pay

Clockwise from top: Tollway at Illinois Route 53; Tollway train overpass; Tollway by tank farm.

Over the years, the roadway system that first opened for traffic in 1958 in the Chicago area has since been expanded many times – most significantly with the extension of I-88 and addition of I-355 – and nearly spans the entire state from east to west.

tolls. The plan also included rebuilding and widening many of the toll roads and resurfacing the others. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus bill) provided for federal subsidies of certain construction bonds. As a result, 35 percent of the interest expense from the Tollway’s 2009 bonds will be paid by the U.S. Federal Government. Those bonds are scheduled to be retired by 2034, but meanwhile the shovel-ready Illinois Tollway projects have provided countless construction jobs and helped stimulate the local economy. Over the years, the roadway system that first opened for traffic in 1958 in the Chicago area has since been expanded many times – most significantly with the extension of I-88 and addition of I-355 – and nearly spans the entire state from east to west. Beginning in 2005, the majority of the system was reconstructed to include more lanes and “open road” tolling, which not only uses “I-PASS” electronic toll collection to collect revenue as vehicles pass antennas at toll plazas and designated entrance or exit ramps, but also is compatible for Illinois drivers to use on similar systems in neighboring states all the way to the state of Maine.

At present, the Illinois Tollway maintains and operates 286 miles of first-class Interstate tollways in 12 counties in northern Illinois with an annual budget of $986 million from its offices in Downers Grove; and it has launched a new 15-year, $12-billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The Tri-State Tollway is its most-traveled roadway, accounting for approximately 44 percent of the entire system’s volume. Except for a stretch of I-294 in the vicinity of O’Hare International Airport, no Illinois Tollway crosses the city of Chicago. By the same token, the Chicago Skyway, which is owned by the City of Chicago (but on a 99-year lease to the Skyway Concession Company), is the only toll road in Illinois that is not operated by the Illinois Tollway. In retrospect, the Illinois Tollway really has quite a construction history when looking back over the years – a background interlinked time and again with the Chicago Building Congress by one Merit Award and two additional Merit Award finalist efforts. Not a bad record for CBC’s only horizontal builder! p Chicago Building Congress |


Congratulations on 75 amazing years By Roger Krieg, Publisher, Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine


ow, 75 years! Congratulations to the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) on such a remarkable milestone. Clearly, the founders of CBC back in 1938 wouldn’t recognize it today and couldn’t easily comprehend our present world. Here are some observations on where 75 years have taken us. The year 1938 was when the Chicago Building Congress was formed. That time period held great promise for this country, but the biggest news of the year was Germany starting World War II… one of the most tragic times in modern history. The U.S. joined the war when attacted by Japan in 1941, and WWII ended in 1945. Along with Korea, Vietnam, Iraq (twice), and Afghanistan, the Chicago Building Congress has now survived past six wars and has experienced 13 presidents. In 1948, the first TV remote control was invented, sparking more arguments in the home than anything else. 1953 brought the first broadcast transmission in color to a television industry stepping towards all-color. The USSR launched Sputnik in 1957, the first man-made satellite… which started the space race and marked the beginning of global telecommunications. The first videotape recorder filmed its first TV program that year as well. In 1961, Russia put the first man in space. The football Super Bowl debuted in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. ARPANET was commissioned by the Department of Defense in 1969; this was the name for what was to become the Internet. That year also found Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. In 1971, the term “Internet” was first used. That year marked the first time people communicated over the Internet and also witnessed the birth of email. (Now people could deny getting your letter on two different platforms.) The first demonstration of 40 computers being networked together was performed in 1972.


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In 1973, Global Networking became possible when the Ethernet was designed; it remains the foundation of computer Internet technology today. The first cellular phone call was also made in 1973, and digital cameras were introduced to earth-based consumers (earlier, digital cameras had been used in space). The number of Internet hosts broke 100 in 1977. Email took off, but was still limited to government use and certain corporate partners. Desktop workstations became a reality in 1983. Computers slowly moved away from mainframe dependence. By the mid-1980s, we first heard of MS-DOS and a company called Microsoft, which would go on to revolutionize computers and give us a new kind of Windows. In 1987, the commercializing of the Internet began. There were soon over 28,000 hosts. This short history review would not be complete without noting that, in 1990, my wife, Maryann, and I started Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine. In 1991, the “www” format was adopted, making Internet usage far more user-friendly. This was also the year that the USSR was formally dissolved… creating 15 independent republics. The number of Internet hosts reached 6.5 million by 1995, when it was estimated that there were 100,000 www sites. Today, further expansion seems almost infinite. In closing, I thought that reminiscing over a little history might be enjoyable for many CBC members out there. When you really think about it, with all the changes we have experienced since 1938, perhaps the only thing the CBC founders would recognize today might just be the hammer! Congratulations to our many friends at the CBC! May your journey in the next 75 years be equally exciting. p

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Our years managing the CBC By Barbara J. Krause, CBC Executive Director; Kathryn J. Sennese, CBC Clerical Assistant; and Richard Volkmer, CBC Executive Director Emeritus


he Agency” provides association management and advertising support services for the Chicago Building Congress, which may well be its most legendary, remarkable client. For over 13 years, our mutually beneficial partnership has grown and endured… and now we join together in a special celebration of the CBC’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee year. Established in 1975 as a full-service advertising agency, our company specialized in financial and industrial advertising in earlier years, serving a clientele of community banks and Chicago-area manufacturers. We first offered association management services in 1982, and have trended steadily in that direction ever since. Located in Warrenville, we remain an experienced, professional service firm committed to the specialized needs of Chicago trade associations. Working mostly behind the scenes, The Agency provides the CBC with office facilities, maintains all official association records, and functions as its day-today association management staff. As such, our team presently includes executive director Barb Krause, clerical assistant Kathy Sennese, webmaster and bookkeeper Jan Merelos, and executive director emeritus Rich Volkmer. For the CBC Board, we prepare and organize quarterly CBC Board Meetings, help conduct strategic planning,


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maintain bookkeeping, prepare financial reports, and manage audits. For Members, we maintain the membership rolls and individual member firm files, develop the annual CBC Directory, and publish four quarterly “Edifice” newsletters. The latter projects rely heavily upon our in-house editorial, graphic design, photography, and printing services. All publication efforts are translated into electronic versions for the CBC website. Membership meeting research, planning, and liaison are particularly important for the Chicago Building Congress, with its ongoing tradition of monthly meetings and periodic CBC educational seminars, Future Leader events, social networking functions, golf outings, and tradeshows. Our most basic challenge is maintaining the regular rhythms that keep each association alive and healthy, give it continuity, and keep it fresh for new generations. At this writing, we have now enjoyed the honor of serving the Chicago Building Congress for over 13 years, working cooperatively and productively with the distinguished officers, directors, and members who make it such a great organization. We’re “Tipping Our Hat” to the CBC… Happy 75th Birthday – and many more to come! p

A culture of safety:

Strategic Safety Consulting is Chicago’s go-to safety authority By Jillian Mitchell


etter safe than sorry. Hindsight is 20/20. Chance-takers are accident makers. Together, these well-known adages stress the importance of foresight, particularly in regard to safety prevention. Indeed, the benefits of maintaining a safe work environment are many – but every aspect of the health and safety process should be customized to fit. Just as no one fingerprint is the same, no one company is the same, and it is this distinction that is perhaps most integral to the success of a business. When every second counts, count on Strategic Safety Consulting, LLC. With over 55 years of combined experience, Chicago’s go-to safety consultants offer a wide range of technical assessment, program development, safety training, and program evaluation, and their extensive background in construction, manufacturing, educational, temporary staffing, municipal, and fire services only serves to enhance their offerings. Strategic Safety Consulting (SSC) actively works to address individual safety and health issues facing client operations. There is, indeed, a fine line that comes between safety and production; minimizing loss and keeping businesses in operation should be top priority. While addressing OSHA compliance, the team focuses attention on direct-loss drivers that impact each individual business and has been most successful in finding cost-effective health and safety solutions for clients that not only prevent losses, but also improve efficiency through their hazard assessments, emergency planning, and incident investigations.

Strategic Safety Consulting offers unmatched expertise in planning, coordinating, directing, implementing and evaluating programs in loss control, damage prevention and pre-incident planning – and their extensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations proves invaluable. Further, their commitment to continuing education, professional accreditation, and association involvement ensures they are up-to-date on current regulatory and industry standards as well as cutting-edge products and technology. Undeniably, there is no shortage of expertise at SSC. These professionals are authorized by the United States Department of Labor as OSHA training instructors and have received numerous certifications from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. As well, staff members have also been industry authorities for health and safety compliance manuals and emergency response plans for the construction, high-rise residential, educational, warehouse, health care, commercial, municipal, governmental and utility industries. And through it all, integrity drives every action. A win-win for all, safe work environments boost employee morale, which in turn, increases productivity, efficiency and profit margins. Contact Strategic Safety Consulting today to cocreate your bright – and safe – future. Visit Strategic Safety Consulting online at p Chicago Building Congress |


Congratulations to the Chicago Building Congress as it celebrates

75 years of dedication to the building industry!


adison Construction values its collaborative relationship with this esteemed organization and is proud to be associated with what the industry considers one of the most important organizations in the trade. A relationship where developers, architects, engineers and contractors can gather together as one voice is unique and truly special. Madison Construction is a fully integrated general construction company employing some of the most highly experienced and successful individuals in the industry. Madison Construction’s senior staff has managed some of the largest, most complex construction projects nationally and regionally, ranging from planned mixed-use communities to convention center districts such as McCormick Place in Chicago. Madison Construction is currently constructing a 165,000-square-foot Student Life and Academic Center for East-West University in Chicago’s burgeoning South


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Loop higher-education district. Madison has also secured several multi-family residential contracts including the 225,000-square-foot, 181-unit Sterling Apartments, a Royal Imperial Group and Mercy Housing Lakefront redevelopment project. Additionally, Madison Construction recently completed Lawndale Christian Health and Wellness Center. This award-winning 60,000-square-foot project includes medical and dental

exam rooms, conference amenities, cafÊ with kitchen and a full-service fitness center with basketball courts. Madison Construction was listed as number seven on the Crain’s Fast Fifty List this past year. Madison Construction secured over $150 million worth of work in 2012 and has increasing revenues of work performed over the past five years, continuing to strive for the best partnering opportunities. p

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CBC Membership Listings 5/3 Bank 222 S. Riverside Plaza, 32nd Fl. Chicago, IL 60606 Matthew Doucet Vice President / Team Lead

Ascher Brothers Co., Inc. 3033 W. Fletcher St. Chicago, IL 60618 Rick Ascher President

BMO CAPITAL MARKETS 111 W. Monroe St., 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60603 Shahrokh Shah Managing Director

Camosy Construction 43451 N. US Hwy 41 Zion, IL 60099-9455 Raymond J. Camosy Chairman

5/3 Bank 222 S. Riverside Plaza, 32nd Fl. Chicago, IL 60606 Christopher VanTassel Commercial Relationship Manager

Ascher Brothers Co., Inc. 3033 W. Fletcher St. Chicago, IL 60618 Ralph Larson Project Manager

Bowman, Barrett & Associates, Inc. 130 E. Randolph St., Ste. 2650 Chicago, IL 60601 Jason Loo Senior Associate

CBIZ / MHM 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1800 Chicago, IL 60606 Ben Ralston Senior Manager

ADR Systems of America, LLC 20 N. Clark St., 29th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 Jennifer Morrow Executive Director Commercial Services Division

Baker Tilly 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601-5927 Richard Herrick Senior Manager

Bowman, Barrett & Associates, Inc. 130 E. Randolph St., Ste. 2650 Chicago, IL 60601 Matthew Mohrlang Structural Engineer

ADR Systems of America, LLC 20 N. Clark St., 29th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 Meghann Smith, Esq. Director Commercial Services Division

Baker Tilly 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601 David Jamiolkowski Senior Manager

Bryce, Downey, LLC 200 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60601 Geoffrey A. Bryce Managing Member

Baker Tilly 205 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601 Frank Nardi Regional Leader

BSA Lifesource 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800 Chicago, IL 60601 Terry Krause Director of Business Development

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP One N. Wacker Dr,, Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 Alison Conlon Partner

BSA Lifesource 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800 Chicago, IL 60601 Jennifer O’Connor Marketing Coordinator

Anderson Mikos Architects, Ltd. 17W110 22nd St., Ste. 200, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Ralph Wiser Senior Vice President

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP One N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 Clifford J. Shapiro Chair, Construction Law Group

Builders Association 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste. 710 Chicago, IL 60631-3473 Albert Leitschuh President

Anderson Mikos Architects, Ltd. 17W110 22nd St., Ste. 200 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Dave Mikos President

Barton Malow Company 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1650 Chicago, IL 60606 Michael Bobruk Director, Chicago Office

Builders Bank 225 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1550 Chicago, IL 60606 Dan Kowalik Vice President

Antunovich Associates 224 W. Huron St., Ste. 7E Chicago, IL 60610 7123 Joseph Antunovich President

Berglund Construction 8410 S. South Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60617 Fred Berglund President

Antunovich Associates 224 W. Huron St., Ste. 7E Chicago, IL 60610 7123 Charles Kennedy Senior Architect

Affiliated Engineers 10 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60603 Paul Petska Principal Affiliated Engineers 10 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60603 John P. Ross Director of Business Development

CBIZ / MHM 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1800 Chicago, IL 60606 Robert Wilneff Director Chicago & Cook Co. Building & Cnstr. Trades 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1850 Chicago, IL 60606 Ralph Affrunti Secretary-Treasurer Chicago & Cook Co. Building & Cnstr. Trades 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1850 Chicago, IL 60606 Thomas Villanova President Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters 12 E. Erie St. Chicago, IL 60611 Frank Libby President / Executive Secretary Treasurer Chicagoland Construction Safety Council 4100 Madison St. Hillside, IL 60162-1768 Gayla Hurson Interim Executive Director

Builders Bank 225 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1550 Chicago, IL 60606 Mark S. Luetkehans Sr. Vice President

Chicagoland Construction Safety Council 4100 Madison St. Hillside, IL 60162-1768 Paul Satti Director of Training and Development

Block Electric Company 7107 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL 60714 Jack Block President

Bulley & Andrews/The Meyne Company 1755 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 Stephen Sever Vice President, Business Development

CISCO 2000 Spring Rd., Ste. 110 Oak Brook, IL 60523 John Brining Executive Director

Ardmore Associates, LLC 33 N. Dearborn, Ste. 1720 Chicago, IL 60602 Brian Fuller Director of Business Development

Block Electric Company 7107 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL 60714 Jim McCormick Branch Manager

Bulley & Andrews/The Meyne Company 1755 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 Sloan Watson Marketing Director

Ardmore Associates, LLC 33 N. Dearborn, Ste. 1720 Chicago, IL 60602 Michael Houston Vice President / Operations Manager

BMO CAPITAL MARKETS 111 W. Monroe St., 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60603 Michael W. Gift Vice President

Camosy Construction 43451 N. US Hwy. 41 Zion, IL 60099-9455 John Camosy President


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City of Chicago / Dept. of Aviation O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL 60666 Rosemarie Andolino Commissioner City of Chicago Dept. of Buildings 120 N. Racine Chicago, IL 60607 Michael Merchant Commissioner

Clark Construction Group, Inc. 216 S. Jefferson St., Ste. 502 Chicago, IL 60661 Mark Eames Vice President

Conway & Mrowiec 20 S. Clark St., Ste. 1000 Chicago, IL 60603 Timothy R. Conway Partner

Clark Construction Group, Inc. 216 S. Jefferson St., Ste. 502 Chicago, IL 60661 David Trolian Vice President

Conway & Mrowiec 20 S. Clark St., Ste. 1000 Chicago, IL 60603 John S. Mrowiec Partner

Clayco, Inc. 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1300 Chicago, IL 60601 Kevin McKenna Vice President

Cotter Consulting, Inc. 100 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 920 Chicago, IL 60606 4202 Anne Edwards-Cotter President

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 1301 West 22nd St., Ste. 1100 Oak Brook, IL 60523 Robert J. Nowak Partner CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 1301 West 22nd St., Ste. 1100 Oak Brook, IL 60523 Chuck Taylor, CPA Senior Manager CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 1301 West 22nd St., Ste. 1100 Oak Brook, IL 60523 Jeff Tyner, CPA Partner Clune Construction Company 10 S. LaSalle St, Ste. 300 Chicago, IL 60603 Blake Brasher Partner Clune Construction Company 10 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 300 Chicago, IL 60603 Michael T. Clune Chairman CohnReznick LLP 200 South Wacker Dr., Suite 2600 Chicago, IL 60606 Nelson Gomez Partner CohnReznick LLP 200 South Wacker Dr., Suite 2600 Chicago, IL 60606 George Klenovich Partner ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business Three Lincoln Center Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Sandra Hall Henry Senior Program Manager Construction Cost Systems, Inc. 1815 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 200 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60517 Clive Bransby Principal Construction Cost Systems, Inc. 1815 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 200, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60517 Gavin Parr Principal

Cotter Consulting, Inc. 100 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 920 Chicago, IL 60606 4202 Jan Turner Vice President Crowe Horwarth, LLP 70 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60602 Larry Mackowiak Partner Crowe Horwarth, LLP 70 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60602 Ben Matherly Senior Manager CS Associates, Inc. 4532 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Ralph Calistro Senior Vice President CS Associates, Inc. 4532 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Chris P. Stefanos President CTLGroup 5400 Old Orchard Road Skokie, IL 60077 Rich Kaczkowski Sr. Principal Structural Engineer CTLGroup 5400 Old Orchard Road Skokie, IL 60077 Frank Laux Principal Engineer Davis and Hosfield Consulting, LLC 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2150 Chicago, IL 60606 Dayna Anderson Manager Davis and Hosfield Consulting, LLC 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2150 Chicago, IL 60606 Joseph Egan Principal Davis and Hosfield Consulting, LLC 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2150 Chicago, IL 60606 Joseph Seder Director

DENCO 330 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60607 Rafael Hernandez Partner

Exponent 4580 Weaver Pkwy., Ste. 100, Warrenville, IL 60555 Jeffrey A. Travis Principal Engineer

DENCO 331 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60607 Rodrigo Perez President

Exponent 525 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1050 Chicago, IL 60661 Steven Zebich, S.E., P.E. Senior Engineer

DIRTT Environmental Solutions 325 N. Wells, 10th Floor Chicago, IL 60654 Chris Matus

F.H. Paschen Group S.N. Nielsen 5515 N. East River Rd. Chicago, IL 60656 Joe Scarpelli Exec. Vice President

Divane Bros. Electric Company 2424 N. 25th Ave. Franklin Park, IL 60131 Brian Rohde Estimator Assistant Divane Bros. Electric Company 2424 N. 25th Ave. Franklin Park, IL 60131 Patrick Sugrue Estimator / Project Manager Duane Morris, LLP 190 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 3700 Chicago, IL 60603 Jeffrey L. Hamera Partner Duane Morris, LLP 190 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 3700 Chicago, IL 60603 Charles B. Lewis Partner Enterprise Fleet Management 1955 Techny Rd., Ste. 2, Northbrook, IL 60062 Steven Dulek Enterprise Fleet Management 1955 Techny Rd., Ste. 2, Northbrook, IL 60062 Darin Walsh Regional Sales Manager Environ International Corp. 333 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60603 Delph Gustitus Exponent 525 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1050 Chicago, IL 60661 Wesley Grover, P.E., M.B.A. Senior Managing Engineer Exponent 4580 Weaver Pkwy., Ste. 100 Warrenville, IL 60555 Mark G. Evans Senior Managing Engineer Exponent 4580 Weaver Pkwy., Ste. 100, Warrenville, IL 60555 Ellen M. McInerney, E.I.T. Associate

F.H. Paschen S.N. Nielsen 5515 N. East River Rd. Chicago, IL 60656 Larry Mix Vice President Faegre Baker Daniels 311 S. Wacker Drive, Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 Patrick M. Miller Partner Faegre Baker Daniels 311 S. Wacker Drive, Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 Julie Shelton Partner Faegre Baker Daniels LLP 311 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 David Buddingh Associate Faegre Baker Daniels LLP 311 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 4400 Chicago, IL 60606 Shawn Doorhy Associate FGM Architects 200 W. Jackson, Ste. 1040 Chicago, IL 60606 Joseph Chronister Vice President FGM Architects 1211 West 22nd St., Ste. 705 Oak Brook, IL 60521 James G. Woods Executive Vice President Finishing Chicago 220 N. Julian St. Naperville, IL 60540 Clark H. Johnson Director of Marketing Foran Glennon Palandech & Ponzi & Rudloff 222 N. LaSalle, Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60601 Douglas Palandech Partner

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Freeborn & Peters LLP 311 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3000 Chicago, IL 60606 Ashley Brandt Associate Freeborn & Peters LLP 311 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3000 Chicago, IL 60606 Edward Filer Partner George Sollitt Construction Company 790 N. Central Ave. Wood Dale, IL 60191 John Pridmore President Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions 3100 Woodcreek Dr. Downers Grove, IL 60515-5427 Carmen Manno Senior Vice President Gibson Electric and Technology Solutions 3100 Woodcreek Dr. Downers Grove, IL 60515-5427 Dan Fitzgibbons President / CEO Gibson, Thomas M. P. O. Box 3312 Oak Brook, IL 60522 Gilbane Building Company 8550 West Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60631-3224 Jeff Masters Vice President Gilbane Building Company 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60631-3224 Rosilind Thomas Purchasing Agent Gilco Scaffolding Co. 515 Jarvis Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018 Peter Gilbertson Vice President Gilco Scaffolding Co. 515 Jarvis Ave. Des Plaines, IL 60018 Thomas Gilbertson Vice President Goettsch Partners 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1700 Chicago, IL 60604 Michael Kaufman Partner

GRAYCOR Construction Co. Two Mid America Plaza, Ste. 400, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 David L. WIng Senior Vice President / General Manager Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating 4521 W. Diversy Chicago, IL 60639 Justin Treutelaar Vice President Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating 4521 W. Diversy Chicago, IL 60639 Matt Treutelaar Vice President Halvorson and Partners 600 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 650 Chicago, IL 60654 Greg Lakota Principal Halvorson and Partners 600 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 650 Chicago, IL 60654 James Swanson Principal Hayward Baker 1350 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL 60172 Steven D. Scherer Vice President Hayward Baker, Inc. 1350 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL 60172 Kyle Camper Vice President Hayward Baker, Inc. 1350 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL 60172 Shane Farr Division Manager Hayward Baker, Inc. 1350 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL 60172 Ray Franz Division Manager Hayward Baker, Inc. 1350 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL 60172 Greg Terri Project Manager Holabird & Root LLP 140 S. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60603 Gregory Cook Principal

Graef 332 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Kevin Henning

Holland & Knight LLP 131 S. Dearborn, 30th Floor Chicago, IL 60603 James Chivilo Senior Associate

GRAYCOR Construction Co. Two Mid America Plaza, Ste. 400, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 John Shannon Business Development Manager

Holland & Knight LLP 131 S. Dearborn, 30th Floor Chicago, IL 60603 Gregory R. Meeder Partner


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Huen Electric, Inc. 1801 W. 16th St. Broadview, IL 60155 Jack Dougherty CEO

Interior Construction Group, Inc. 210 S. Clark St., Ste. 1300 Chicago, IL 60604 Michael L. Lynk Vice President

Huen Electric, Inc. 1801 W. 16th St. Broadview, IL 60155 Steven C. Mayton President

Interior Construction Group, Inc. 210 S. Clark St., Ste. 1300 Chicago, IL 60604 Steve J. Zuwala President

Hylant Group 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1500 Chicago, IL 60606 Anthony Evans President Hylant Group 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1500 Chicago, IL 60606 Michael Smith Client Executive Illini Precast 2215 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 1510, Westchester, IL 60154 William Hubbard Vice President Illini Precast 2215 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 1510, Westchester, IL 60154 Doug Wagenbach Counsel Illinois Brick 8995 W. 95th St. Palos Hills, IL 60465 Rob Huette Sales Manager Illinois Real Estate Journal 415 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60610 Ernie Abood Senior Account Executive Illinois State Toll Highway Authority 2700 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515 Kristi Lafleur Executive Director Imperial Crane 7500 W. Imperial Dr. Bridgeview, IL 60455 Wes Austin Vice President Sale & Marketing Imperial Crane 7500 West Imperial Dr., Bridgeview, IL 60455 Bill Tierney Vice President Independent Mechanical Industries, Inc. 4155 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 John M. Reynolds CEO Independent Mechanical Industries, Inc. 4155 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 Hal D. Strider Manager of Operations

International Contractors, Inc. 977 S. Route 83 Elmhurst, IL 60126 Bruce R. Bronge President International Contractors, Inc. 977 S. Route 83 Elmhurst, IL 60126 Tim Jackson Vice President / Project Director JAHN 35 East Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601 Art Herbstman JAHN 35 East Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 Sergio Valentini James McHugh Construction Co. 1737 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60616 Michael Meagher John Burns Construction Company 17601 Southwest Hwy. Orland Park, IL 60467 Michael Higgins Vice President John Burns Construction Company 17601 Southwest Hwy. Orland Park, IL 60467 William O’Malley President Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. 200 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 Jarrett Joyce Project Executive Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. 200 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601 Cy Rangel Managing Director Kelso Burnett Co. 5200 Newport Dr. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Brad Weir President Kelso-Burnett Company 311 S. Wacker Drive, Ste. 3950 Chicago, IL 60606 Matt Nemshick Sales and Marketing

Lend Lease One N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 850 Chicago, IL 60606 Kelly Benedict Vice President Business Development

Meade Industries, Inc. 9550 W. 55th St., Ste. A McCook, IL 60525 Jack Durkin Sales

Ozinga Bros. Inc. 19001 Old LaGrange Rd. Mokena, IL 60448 Martin Ozinga IV President

Lend Lease One N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 850 Chicago, IL 60606 Jeff Riemer Principal-in-Charge

Meade Industries, Inc. 9550 W. 55th St., Ste. A McCook, IL 60525 Dan Plefka Commercial Division Manager

Ozinga Bros. Inc. 19001 Old LaGrange Rd. Mokena, IL 60448 Martin Ozinga III Chairman of the Board

Litcon Group 109 S. Dundee Ave. Barrington, IL 60010 John J. Cullian Director

Mechanical Contractors Assoc. 7065 Veterans Blvd. Burr Ridge, IL 60527 Daniel R. Bulley Senior Vice President

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. Chicago Division 2222 S. Lumber St. Chicago, IL 60616 Kevin Bechely Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Madison Construction 15657 S. 70th Court Orland Park, IL 60462 Rob Ferrino President

Mechanical Contractors Assoc. 7065 Veterans Blvd. Burr Ridge, IL 60527 Stephen L. Lamb Executive Vice President

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. Chicago Division 2222 S. Lumber St. Chicago, IL 60616 Lloyd Meyer President

Madison Construction 15656 S. 70th Court Orland Park, IL 60462 Harry L. Walder, Jr. Vice President of Estimating

Mechanical, Inc. 225 Fencl Ln. Hillside, IL 60162-2001 Judd Gastel Vice President

McGladrey 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800 Chicago, IL 60606 Christopher Murphy Director

Mechanical, Inc. 2279 Yellow Creek Rd. Freeport, IL 61032 Gary Statdfield Vice President Precon Services

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. Chicago Division 2222 S. Lumber St. Chicago, IL 60616 Tom Van Etten Past President Chicago Division

McGladrey 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800 Chicago, IL 60606 Dave Peterson Partner

Menconi Terrazzo 1050 Entry Dr. Bensenville, IL 60106 Steve Menconi General Manager

McGuire Engineers 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1650 Chicago, IL 60606 6613 Anthony B. McGuire Chairman

Mortenson Construction 25 Northwest Point Blvd., Ste. 100, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Eric Hoffman Business Development Manager

McGuire Engineers 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1650 Chicago, IL 60606 6613 William J. Stangeland President

Mortenson Construction 25 Northwest Point Blvd., Ste. 100, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Neil Wisker Construction Executive

LS Contracting Group 3638 W. Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 Thomas Laird President

McKissack & McKissack 205 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1930 Chicago, IL 60601 Michael C. Jones Vice President of Operations

OKW Architects 600 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60661 Michael L. Breclaw, AIA Associate Principal

LS Contracting Group 3638 W. Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 John Para Project Manager

McKissack & McKissack 205 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1930 Chicago, IL 60601 Deryl McKissack President / CEO

OKW Architects 600 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60661 Michael Fitzgerald Principal

Laurie and Brennan, LLP 2 N. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1750 Chicago, IL 60606 Chad Shifrin Partner

McShane Construction Company 9550 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 200, Rosemont, IL 60018 James A. McShane Chief Executive Officer

Otis Elevator Company 949 Oak Creek Dr. Lombard, IL 60148 Rick Jandora General Manager

Pepper Construction Company 643 N. Orleans St. Chicago, IL 60654 Richard H. Tilghman Senior Vice President

McShane Construction Company 9550 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. 200, Rosemont, IL 60018 Jeffrey A. Raday President

Otis Elevator Company 949 Oak Creek Dr. Lombard, IL 60148 Ken Norus General Manager

Perkins & Will 330 N. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 Mark Jolicoeur Principal

Kenny Construction Co. 2215 Sanders Rd., Ste. 400, Northbrook, IL 60062 Casey Kenny Kenny Construction Co. 2215 Sanders Rd., Sute 400, Northbrook, IL 60062 John Kenny, Jr. Klein & Hoffman 150 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1900 Chicago, IL 60606 David Fanella Associate Principal Klein & Hoffman 150 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1900 Chicago, IL 60606 Matt Keane Director of Business Development Krez Group 7831 North Nagle Ave. Morton Grove, IL 60053-2760 Thom DaMario Vice President Krez Group 7831 North Nagle Ave. Morton Grove, IL 60053-2760 Paul Helmer CEO Krusinski Construction Company 2107 Swift Dr. Oak Brook, IL 60523 Jerry R. Krusinski President & COO Krusinski Construction Company 2107 Swift Dr. Oak Brook, IL 60523 Joseph R. Krusinski CEO L. J. Keefe Co. 704 W. Central Road Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 Larry Keefe, Jr. General Manager L. J. Keefe Co. 704 W. Central Road Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 Lawrence J. Keefe President

Laurie and Brennan, LLP 2 N. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1750 Chicago, IL 60606 Bill Toliopoulos Partner

Peak Construction Corporation 1011 E. Touhy Avenue, Ste.100 Des Plaines, IL 60018 Michael Kaufman Vice President / Marketing & Sales Peak Construction Corporation 1011 E. Touhy Avenue, Ste.100 Des Plaines, IL 60018 John Reilly President Peak Construction Corporation 1011 E. Touhy Avenue, Ste. 100 Des Plaines, IL 60018 R. Joseph Sullivan Director of New Business Development Peak Construction Corporation 1011 E. Touhy Avenue, Ste. 100 Des Plaines, IL 60018 Michael Sullivan III Controller Peak Construction Corporation 1011 E. Touhy Avenue, Ste. 100 Des Plaines, IL 60018 Michael P. Sullivan, Jr. CEO Pepper Construction Company 643 N. Orleans St. Chicago, IL 60654 Ken Egidi President / CEO

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Perkins & Will 330 N. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 Michael Palmer Principal Plante Moran PLLC 225 W. Washington, Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60606 Sarah Shepard Partner Plante Moran PLLC 225 W. Washington, Ste. 2700 Chicago, IL 60606 Katie Vought Associate Power Construction Company 2360 Palmer Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173 Patrick M. Donley Vice President Principle Construction Corp. 2801 Lakeside Dr., Ste. 200, Bannockburn, IL 60015 Mark E. Augustyn Chief Operating Officer Principle Construction Corp. 2801 Lakeside Dr., Ste. 200, Bannockburn, IL 60015 James A. Brucato President Public Building Commission of Chicago Richard J. Daley Center Chicago, IL 60602 Erin Lavin Cabonargi Executive Director Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. 175 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1600 Chicago, IL 60604-2827 Larry S. Kowalczyk Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. 175 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1600 Chicago, IL 60604 2827 Bruce H. Schoumacher Ragnar Benson Construction, LLC 250 S. Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL 60068-5875 Jim Mahalko Manager of Business Development

Rausch Construction Company, Inc. 2717 S. 13th Ave. Broadview, IL 60155-4715 Marty Villasenor Vice President

State of Illinois Capital Development Board 401 S. Spring St., 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62706 Jim Underwood Executive Director

Rausch Construction Company, Inc. 2717 S. 13th Ave. Broadview, IL 60155-4715 Lydia Villasenor-Galvani Executive Vice President

Stein Ray LLP 222 W. Adams, Ste. 1800 Chicago, IL 60606 Steven G.M. Stein Partner

Rausch Construction Company, Inc. 2717 S. 13th Ave. Broadview, IL 60155-4715 Leticia Villasenor-Rausch President Reed Illinois Corporation 600 W. Jackson Blvd.,Ste. 500 Chicago, IL 60661-5625 William T. Birck President / CEO Robson Forensic, Inc. 557 W. Randolph St., Ste. 202 Chicago, IL 60661 Gregory Pestine, P.E. Area Manager Robson Forensic, Inc. 557 W. Randolph St., Ste. 202 Chicago, IL 60661 Daniel Robison Ross Barney Architects 10 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60610 Roxanne E. Henry Managing Principal Ross Barney Architects 10 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654 Eric Martin Principal Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60611 Peter Noone Principal

Ragnar Benson Construction, LLC 250 S. Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL 60068 4252 Stan Zygowicz President

Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc. 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60611 Gary Kohn Principal

Rausch Construction Company, Inc. 2717 S. 13th Avenue, Broadview, IL 60155-4715 William M. Rausch Vice President

Spectrum Contracting Corporation 1411 W. Bernard Dr. Addison, IL 60101 Tony Lee Vice President

Rausch Construction Company, Inc. 2717 S. 13th Ave. Broadview, IL 60155-4715 Dino Villasenor Vice President

Spectrum Contracting Corporation 815 Beech Street Grafton, WI 53024 Rob Stelter Business Development


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Stein Ray LLP 222 W. Adams, Ste. 1800 Chicago, IL 60606 Jean Gallo Wine Associate Strategic Safety Consulting, LLC 4200 W. Victoria St. Chicago, IL 60646 Henry DeVries Vice President Strategic Safety Consulting, LLC 4200 W. Victoria St. Chicago, IL 60646 Larry Vacala President Sungloss Marble Company 5003 W. Lawrence Chicago, IL 60630 Lisa Park Vice President Sungloss Marble Company 5003 W. Lawrence Chicago, IL 60630 Michael D. Pavilon President Terracon Consultants, Inc. 650 W. Lake Street, Ste. 402 Chicago, IL 60661 Matt Ribordy. P.E. Vice President / Office Manager Terracon Consultants, Inc. 650 W. Lake Street, Ste. 402 Chicago, IL 60661 Pam O’Deen Pishler Client Development Manager

The Kenrich Group, LLC 300 S. Wacker Drive, Ste. 1150 Chicago, IL 60606 Jim Seiler Manager The Kenrich Group, LLC 300 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1150 Chicago, IL 60605 Richard Sieracki CEO The PrivateBank 120 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60603 Richard J. Kress Senior Vice President The PrivateBank 120 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60603 Matthew Gibbons Managing Director Thorne Associates, Inc. 1450 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 Dana Thorne President Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. 330 N. Wabash Ave., Ste. 1500 Chicago, IL 60611 William Bast Principal Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. 330 N. Wabash Ave., Ste. 1500 Chicago, IL 60611 Faz Ehsan Senior Principal Tishman Construction Corporation – An AECOM Company 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2300 Chicago, IL 60606 Jim Banovitz, LEED AP Vice President/Preconstruction/ Estimating

The John Buck Company One N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2400 Chicago, IL 60606 Rafael Carreira Principal

Tishman Construction Corporation - An AECOM Company 1 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2300 Chicago, IL 60606 Gary Thalheimer Exec. Vice President - Midwest Regional Manager

The Kenrich Group, LLC 300 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60606 David Hettinger Manager

Titan Electric 401 E. North Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181 Michael M. McInerney Chairman

The Kenrich Group, LLC 300 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60606 Scott Hollingsworth Principal

Titan Electric 401 E. North Ave. Villa Park, IL 60181 Daniel Neswold CEO

The Kenrich Group, LLC 300 S. Wacker Dr, Ste. 1150 Chicago, IL 60606 Sashi Mahtani Principal

TM Financial Forensics, LLP 150 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2236 Chicago, IL 60606 Chad Salsbery Vice President

Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Todd Baraniak Account Executive Officer Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Mike Damewood Managing Director Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Jim Fagan Account Executive Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Dale Poquette Account Executive Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Gail Schroeder Regional Vice President Travelers 215 Shuman Blvd. Naperville, IL 60563 Andrew Stontz Associate Account Executive Turner Construction Co. 55 E. Monroe, Ste. 3100 Chicago, IL 60603 Rick Blair Vice President, General Manager Turner Construction Co. 55 E. Monroe, Ste. 3100 Chicago, IL 60603 Pat Healy Manager Business Development Tyler Lane Construction, Inc. 4200 W. Victoria St. Chicago, IL 60646 Larry Vacala President Tyler Lane Construction, Inc. 4200 W. Victoria St. Chicago, IL 60646 Vince Vacala Vice President Union League Club of Chicago 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 Jonathan McCabe General Manager/COO

United States – Alliance Fire Protection 28247 N. Ballard - Unit H Lake Forest, IL 60045 Michael Peterson Vice President Sales & Marketing

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. 1245 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 Lance Hornaday Project Executive

Valenti Builders, Inc. 225 Northfield Rd. Northfield, IL 60093 James M. Valenti President

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. 1245 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 James A. Sikich Vice President

Valenti Builders, Inc. 225 Northfield Rd. Northfield, IL 60093 Bob Weber Chief Operating Officer VOA Associates Incorporated 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Theresa Gorman Director of Business Development VOA Associates Incorporated 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Paul Hansen Principal VOA Associates Incorporated 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Brenda Bush Moline Associate Principal VOA Associates Incorporated 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Percy E. Roberts III President & COO VOA Associates Incorporated 224 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1400 Chicago, IL 60604 Michael A.Toolis Chairman / CEO

Wight & Company 211 N. Clinton, Ste. 300N Chicago, IL 60661 James Mark, Jr. Executive Vice President /COO Willis of Illinois 233 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2000 Chicago, IL 60601 Ed Hart Account Executive Willis of Illinois 233 S. Wacker Dr, Ste. 2000 Chicago, IL 60601 Bill Jung Account Executive

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. 1245 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 K.C. Wigle Business Development

Wolf & Company 1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 500 Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181 Vito Loisi

Warady & Davis 1717 Deerfield Rd, Ste. 300S, Deerfield, IL 60015 Bob Weismann Partner

Wolf & Company 1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 500 Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181 John Winquist Senior Audit Manager

Warady & Davis LLP 1717 Deerfield Rd, Ste. 300S, Deerfield, IL 60015 Sean Snowden Director of Business Valuations

Zurich 10 S. Riverside Plaza Chicago, IL 60606 Patricia Heffernan Underwriting Manager

Wight & Company 211 N. Clinton St., Ste. 300N Chicago, IL 60661 Matt Duggan Project Manager

Zurich 10 S. Riverside Plaza Chicago, IL 60606 Katherine Porubcan Underwriter

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Union League Club of Chicago 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 Keith Poetz Chief Engineer

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. 1245 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 Rick Jeshke Project Manager

United States – Alliance Fire Protection 28427 N. Ballard Drive, Unit H, Lake Forest, IL 60045 Fred Kroll Exec. Vice President

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McShane Construction Company............................................... 3 Mortenson Construction............................................................. 70 Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine....................................87 Pepper Construction Group......................................................... 41 Perkins + Will...................................................................................59 Plante Moran.................................................................................... 11 Ragnar Benson Construction......................................................72 Riordan McKee & Piper, LLC........................................................62 Robson Forensic..............................................................................97 Schwartz Brothers Insurance......................................................36 Solomon Cordwell Buenz..............................................................17 Spec’ Built Inc..................................................................................37 Strategic Safety Consulting......................................................... 61 Terracon.............................................................................................78 The Agency....................................................................................... 11 The Kenrich Group LLC................................................................. 71 The PrivateBank............................................................................. 69 Tishman Construction Corp........................................................73 Titan Electric....................................................................................39 Travelers........................................................................................... 49 Turner Construction Company................................................... 10 Union League Club of Chicago................................................... 16 Valenti Builders...............................................................................35 VOA Associates Inc........................................................................31 W.E. O’Neil Construction Co....................................................... 18 Warady & Davis LLP.......................................................................31 Weis Builders.................................................................................. 38 Wight & Company.........................................................................74 Wolf & Company........................................................................... 83

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