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table of contents COVER STORY

03 Commonwealth Plaza Sustains Green Efforts By Michael C. Davids S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

09 Surviving a Disaster – Planning is Key to Success By Trudy Field PROJECT MANAGEMENT

11 Planning for MEP Infrastructure Projects in High-Rise Buildings By Matthew D. Swanson, LEED AP, CEM & Caitlin Levitsky, LEED AP BD+C 14 Industry Happenings Compiled by Michael C. Davids 16 Editors Message 17 Directory Advertising S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

21 Retrofit Chicago Awards THE LANDSCAPE BUYER

22 The Weather and Your Landscape S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

24 Electric Car Charging Stations in Community Associations: Five Things to Consider By David Savitt PROPERTY PROFILE

25 Streams III Undergoes Dramatic Transformation By Kara Radcliffe PROPERTY PROFILE

27 Countryside Municipal Complex is Net Zero By Ray Valek PROPERTY PROFILE

30 Willis Tower is Largest U.S. Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification By Perri Meyer

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By Michael C. Davids

Pictured here is one of the Recycling Diverter Buttons located at each of the trash chutes at Commonwealth Plaza.

Commonwealth Plaza Sustains Green Efforts Located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Commonwealth Plaza Condominium Association is comprised of two towers, 330 and 340 West Diversey Parkway. The towers are 28 and 29 stories respectively. The property originally had 376 units but owners joined units and the building now has 328 units.


he building construction is reinforced concrete with metal and glass curtain wall construction and was designed by well-known architect Mies van der Rohe and built in 1957. One of the architectural elements that distinguishes Commonwealth Plaza is that steel and aluminum framing on the first and second floor holds in place large milk white glass panels that create the effect that the building is floating. The original building was developed as rental apartments and converted to condominium ownership in 1978. For an “older” building, they make significant efforts to be environmentally friendly and strive to be known as a “Green Building.” The Association is governed by a nine member board of directors that serve two year terms that are staggered so that new members can be added while some with experience remain in place. “And we have 3 to 5 committees, says building manager Lea Relias of Community Specialists, “depending on what projects we have going on.” The Association has been professionally managed by Community Specialists for over 25 years and together they strive to maintain a sense of community while protecting and enhancing the property values and many amenities for residents to enjoy. Alex Baeza is the Chief Engineer and the building employs a maintenance staff of 10 full time and 1 part time. Brian Kelly of Community Specialists is the Property Supervisor for the property, and provides guidance, support and a variety of resources as needed.

Amenities Amenities at Commonwealth Plaza include 24 hour door staff, sun deck, hospitality room, outdoor pool, playground, outdoor BBQ area/grills, exercise room,

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cable TV, high speed wireless internet, receiving room, laundry room, commissary and dry cleaners on site. There are two passenger elevators and one freight (or service) elevator in each building. The elevators were modernized in 2007. The building features a parking garage with 293 total spaces; 110 assigned spaces, 136 valet parking stalls (they can handle more valet parking if needed on special occasions), and 47 carport stalls.

Financially Sound Commonwealth Plaza is financially sound and the association board and management spend a great deal of time and effort on this aspect of the association’s operations. The average sales price for units there start at approximately $300,000 - $350,000. The annual operating budget for the association is over $5 million so board members take seriously their fiduciary duties. Assessments range between $600 and $1400 per month depending on the size of the unit. The association staggers improvement and restoration projects so as to not have spe-


cial assessments. They do have a small loan outstanding that is due to be paid off in 18 months. They typically spend about $1 million each year on special projects. A reserve study by an outside engineering firm was completed in 2017 and the board uses this as a tool in planning future capital expenses. Relias adds, “Reserve studies are helpful, but the board was already aware at the time the reserve study was contracted that the curtain wall project needed to be completed in the near future followed by the soffit project.

Challenges & Capital Projects “With a building older than 60 years and wanting to remain true to the Mies design, we always have challenges,” Relias states. “This is particularly evident with any capital projects that we undertake.” In 2018, the curtain wall project was completed on both the 330 and 340 buildings. The curtain wall project involved the first and second floor glass and aluminum framing the buildings. The project consisted of replacing the bottom horizontal aluminum channel that


supports the glass on the ground floor, while making necessary repairs to the membrane below. The original size and type of the milk white glass panels were installed, which creates the effect that the buildings are floating. This project took about one year to complete and cost about $1.5 million. According to Relias, “In 2020 the soffit project will begin on the 340-building with the 330-building following in 2021. The soffit is the over hang around the building which houses the mechanical piping as well as the light fixtures that light the plaza. Along with the repairs to the soffit, all the internal plumbing will be replaced, new light fixtures with LED lights will be installed while keeping with the original Mies van der Rohe design. The new plaster work will be the same original plaster lath process. This main project will be phased over two years, with this past year for consulting/planning and a demo breezeway. The cost of the soffit restoration work will be about $2 million. During this project the following consultants are involved to help keep with the original de-

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sign. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Elara Engineering along with Schuler Shook for lighting consulting.

Green Initiative Committee The Commonwealth Plaza Green Initiative committee is very involved in informing residents on being green and helping to impact individuals' choices regarding sustainable resource usage and building wide resource uses. “We provide research, education campaigns, events & an opportunity to make a difference while having fun,” says Nancy Juda who is Convener of the Green Initiative. The Green Initiative Committee has aided in the building installing recycle diverters, composting, an herb garden and their annual Recycle Re-Use Day. Commonwealth Plaza changed perimeter lights to the T8 type about 7 years ago and added LED fixtures to hallways. They are also installing LED lights to new soffit canopies as part of the soffit improvement/restoration project that is underway. Juda and the Green Initiative Committee have been very effective in their ef-

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Y Shown here are some of the residents of Commonweatlh Plaza participating in their annual Recycle - ReUse Day event. forts to date. “While it would be easy to think about environmental concerns as a moral issue, we know that this motivates few people. We approach the issues we deal with as opportunities to save resources including individual and building wide time & money. We also know that being positioned as a "Green" building has

increased interest and value in our property.” Juda says

Green Initiative Committee Background. Juda explained how the committee began and how it operates, “The Green Initiative was approved as a board sanc-




Shown here are Alex Baeza - Chief Engineer, Lea Relias Property Manager and Nancy Juda - Convener of Green Initiative Committee

Shown here is a lobby area with holiday decor. tioned resident committee in July, 2009 as the result of a letter I wrote to the association board. As far as I know this is the first non-board committee and the only resident created committee in the history of our condo association. We are the public voice for thoughtful living and resource usage in our buildings. We work on making it as easy as possible for residents to


make energy and resource smart choices. We also support our buildings running as an efficient and responsible system. We are a resource, an advocate, an educator, and a convener. The committee is open to all residents of our community, whether owners or renters.� Before beginning the committee she spoke with several other residents to ascer-


tain the degree of interest in the idea. She also spoke with the building manager (at that time) to gauge and engage her support. Through talking to her she learned a bit about the way the board functions and the best way to approach them. She also created a relationship with the building engineer. Juda continued, “From the beginning we have talked about the possibility of

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saving money while making more sustainable choices. We always speak about individuals personally saving money as well as the condo association saving money as a result of thoughtful choices about resource usage. We speak about resources as both the financial cost of running a household or a building and the use, reuse, and recycling of materials and energy. We always talk about increasing the resale value in our building by being a ‘green" building.’” “We redirect conversations that have a moral or ethical underpinning whenever possible, as we find that conversations of this nature do not motivate people or change their behavior. We do think that the ways to change people's actions are to educate them and to provide structures and opportunities that are easy for them to choose.” (For example, where the recycling bins are located can impact how much recycling happens.) Another one of Juda’s efforts after starting the Green Initiative was to reach out to the buildings’ waste hauler to enlist their support. “Josh Connell of Lakeshore

Recycling was very helpful and they started sending a dedicated recycling truck to pick up our recycling at the property three days a week (in addition to their regular waste service),” Juda adds. The recycling pick up is now 5 days per week.

Educating Residents “Our next step was to educate the residents about this change. We announced it in the weekly resident update, put signage up in the chute rooms and on the recycling bins and dumpsters, and put the information on the building website. Our amount of recycling increased immediately and has continued to do so. We also created a list of recycling resources for materials that aren’t collected by our waste hauler.” This list is on the Commonwealth Plaza website. “Next we created a big recycling event. I spoke to our alderman, Tom Tunney, about connecting with the Chicago Department of the Environment to schedule a pick-up of items to be taken to the North Branch facility. The city no longer provides

this service, but Alderman Tunney agreed to organize a truck and driver to do this with us. So May 1, 2010 we had our first Recycling Drive. Along with the truck from the alderman, he also provided a police officer here to collect prescription and over the counter medications to be disposed of properly so that it does not get thrown into the water system. We had a truck from Brown Elephant here for two hours, a shredding truck for two hours, a swap children's books, movies and toys, as well as some recycled paper craft activities for kids. Connell who is president of Lakeshore Recycling joined us for the day to answer questions about recycling. We are now planning our 11th Annual Recycling Drive, which will be on September 12, 2020.” Connell states that he was glad to have been helpful in the early days of the Recycle/Re-Use event and over the years. He added, “Commonwealth Plaza does an excellent job of recycling and educating their homeowners. They were our first and only condo association with a food scrap (compost) recycling program and they have been

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excellent stewards of the environment.” The Green Initiative Committee has also worked on the following in recent years: • Green movie night - We hold this once a month in the hospitality room in our building and show "green" documentaries.

• Green construction guidelines - At the request of our building manager we have created a supplement to the association's construction guidelines. • Placed bins for battery and ink cartridge recycling in the laundry rooms.

• Encouraged management/maintenance to use non-toxic cleaning supplies throughout the building, which is being done as and has been for many years.

Recycling Diverter Buttons In addition, the building had special recycling diverter buttons installed for the trash chutes located on each floor. The diverter button system was installed by Nu Recycling and makes it easy for residents to recycle by pressing the button to send the recyclables down the same chute as trash, but the recyclables get diverted into recycling bins. They also installed a cleaning device for trash chutes that sprays a time release cleaning agent (starting at the top and going down the chute) continually that helps prevent odors and trash build up in the chutes.

Green Forward "We have truly enjoyed our long standing relationship with Commonwealth Plaza and applaud their approach to working as a team to accomplish their goals, objectives and projects. They have shown great leadership over the years and provide a terrific example for other associations to learn from," adds Judy Rowe, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Community Specialists. Relias reports that the board has been very supportive and pleased with the efforts of the Green Initiative Committee over the years. Relias concludes, “The building is very green forward for a 60 plus year old building and it’s been great to see that our efforts to be green have been sustained over the years.” $



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By Trudy Field – Perfection Property Restoration


Planning is Key to Success Disaster can mean many things depending on where your property is located, from hurricanes, fires, floods, and earthquakes to power outages, ice storms, and terrorism. Being prepared for the occurrence of a human-made or natural disaster takes more than a simple checklist.


anaging your multi-tenant business the smart way with today’s modern technology and infrastructure means taking the time to understand your needs and the needs of your tenants ahead of a disaster. To do this, start by choosing an emergency response plan partner who will help you navigate the complexities specific to your business. Ensuring you the ability to respond quickly, recover as fast as possible, and maintain business continuity. It can mean the difference between business success and failure.

How to Choose the Right Disaster Emergency Response Partner Choosing the right emergency preparedness planning partner and a team who understands the complexities of disaster preparedness is the first step in emergency preparedness. Having respond-

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ed to every type of disaster for the last 25 years, David Heitman from Perfection Property Restoration knows all too well the costs associated with property owners who did not prepare for disaster. “The goal of every plan should be to lessen the impact of the unknown. From the loss of business, loss of tenants, and the worst-case scenario, the loss of life. The organizations you choose need to be able to respond to every possible kind of disaster. There are a variety of multi-tenant owners who can be affected by a disaster, from apartment or townhome complexes to senior living communities and high-rise multi-tenant mixed-used buildings. Each scenario is different, but every Emergency Response Plan should have the same objective, to preserve human life and get tenants back home quickly and business back online as fast as possible. You should have more than a checklist; you should have a detailed step by step plan that includes every component of the building and pos-

sible risk factors associated with your specific business, geographic location, and tenant demographics. Your emergency plan should be a road map for those responsible for managing the disaster, giving everyone involved an easy plan to follow and enact in the face of disaster, relieving some of the stress out of the situation.”

Establishing a Post-disaster Communications Plan Looking at the importance of each component of an Emergency Response Plan, communications play a critical role in post-disaster success. Communication is going to be essential at the onset of a natural or human-made disaster. The immediate priority is always the protection of human life, in this case, your tenants and your staff. Creating a communication plan and putting procedures in place that will allow you to alert tenants and communicate with staff in the face of infrastructure failures such as downed cell towers and loss of power can mean the difference between life and death. Making sure you have backup communication channels with your staff and tenants makes sharing valuable information with everyone efficiently post-disaster. If your tenants and possibly staff are in shelters without




access to cell service or email, how do you get updates to them on the status of their homes? Creating a call center where tenants can call to get periodic updates no matter where they are is one way to provide updates. Putting this call center answering service in place before disaster strikes can help ease stress for your tenants. Another option is to place posters and signs at the entrance to the property and local shelters and alert local authorities of your updates as well.

Assembling your Emergency Response Plan Team and Resources The first and most crucial element of an Emergency Response Plan is your emergency preparedness planning partner. An expert who can help you with building due diligence, research, facility structure analysis, and planning, the partner who will be the first contact who will enact your response plan and your support team from beginning to end. They will help you define the objectives of your emergency response plan depending on building size, tenant count and demographics, and the location of your building. There is a two-sided response to every disaster, your response as a business owner, and your tenant’s response or ability to respond. If you have a large population of senior citizens who have limited mobility, this is a risk factor that you and your team will account for during your planning phase. Your team should include your board, business partners, staff, community emergency response

teams, critical infrastructure partners like electric, water, gas, and phone services, as well as the medical facilities you would depend on nearest your property. Working with local municipalities to establish tenant shelter locations can ease the flood of tenant calls and/or questions at the onset. If they know where to go and what to do, it makes it easier for you and your staff.

Roles and Responsibility Defining the roles and responsibilities of your post-disaster Emergency Response team with backups should someone be affected by the disaster and not be able to report for duty is crucial to making sure your plan does not break down. Followed by your evacuation and shelter plan for tenants, security, and/or lockdown of your facility with 24-hour security in place to deter possible looters and tenants wanting to gain unsafe access to their unit.

When to Establish your Emergency Response Plan Establishing an Emergency Preparedness Plan should take place annually during your business planning phase and could be part of your business continuity plan or SWOT analysis. You should review this plan if you have completed a building addition or major renovation. If you don’t have an emergency preparedness plan, you should start now. A large number of resources, money, and time can be thrown away into reacting to a disaster that, if not executed properly, can mean the loss of business and or tenants. Being a smart business owner and property manager means taking the mindset of its not a matter of if, but when a disaster will occur. Being prepared gets you ahead of the risk and allows you to act fast, deter further damage to your property, and minimize the cost of a disaster. $


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By Matthew D. Swanson, LEED AP, CEM & Caitlin Levitsky, LEED AP BD+C - Elara Engineering

Planning for MEP Infrastructure Projects in High-Rise Buildings Arguably the heart of any building is its major mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems which allow a building to successfully operate and provide comfort to its occupants. MEP systems include building heating, cooling and ventilation, electrical power, lighting for the facility, and domestic water, waste and vent systems to serve kitchens, bathrooms and amenity spaces throughout.


owever, these systems generally operate “behind the scenes” as many of their major components are not visible to occupants and often their importance is only realized when they are not operating as intended. When one or more of a building’s MEP systems require repair or replacement, it can represent significant cost and inconvenience to building owners and occupants.

Plan for Replacement Early and Consider Alternatives To minimize the likelihood of these interruptions, proactive planning for modification and/or replacement of a building’s MEP

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systems should be praciticed by building owners, managers and engineering staff. The first step is to have a recent reserve study/capital plan for the building that accurately projects signficant repair or replacement needs over a specified period (typically 10-20 years) based on equipment condition and reported operational issues. The reserve study/capital plan also presents budgets for the replacement of building components so that building owners can prepare for the financial impact of these projects ahead of time. We recommend that the reserve study or caplital plan be updated a minimum of every five years. However, planning should not stop at the

study level or financial budgeting. When considering MEP systems, often times several alternatives exist, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. A detailed review of applicable alternatives based on current conditions is needed to evaluate these alternatives for a specific property and application. System alternatives that include consideration of new technologies could have a significant impact on implementation, operating costs (including applicability to energy efficient incentive funding) and lead times on equipment delivery thus impacting decisions for the basis of design. A reserve study/capital plan typically only includes consideration for replacement with like-for-like systems and equipment which may no longer be applicable or present a good fit for the building or most importantly, be consistent with Ownership’s goals. Therefore, a detailed specific system study by




a professional engineer should be commissioned a minimum of one year and no more than two years in advance of the scheduled replacement and should include the following: • an evaluation of system alternatives based on current technologies, • the building’s specific conditions, and • the goals of Ownership. Equally important, this focused study should include an updated budget for the project based on current costs and consideration of applicable incentive programs. The completed study will arm Ownership with the information it needs to make an informed decision on the appropriate system for their building which when made, will then represent the basis of design moving forward into


the next stage of engineering. Regardless of whether equipment is replaced like-for-like or with an alternative system type, Building Owners should enlist the services of a professional engineer to prepare design documentation (the next stage of engineering) well in advance of the anticipated project construction and completion period. Several weeks, and in some cases months, are necessary for the professional engineer to detail existing conditions, perform calculations and prepare detailed engineering drawings that can be competitively bid to contractors. For example, a sample chiller replacement schedule for a typical high-rise building that requires cooling for Spring is reflected below: In the above example, the Building Owner – ideally after an initial study was per-


formed -- initiated the chiller replacement project detailed design documentation almost a year in advance of the new equipment being installed and operational. Of course, every building’s needs are different and project schedules are impacted by Board meeting dates, equipment lead times, heating/cooling needs and the complexity of the design and construction project. Where necessary, expedited engineering design approaches can be implemented to shorten the implementation schedule through avenues like pre-purchase of long-lead equipment by Building Ownership prior to construction contracts being awarded to a successful contractor. The design engineer may suggest this based on known equipment lead times and can assist Building Ownership in navigating the pre-purchase under these circumstances. However, there are inherant risks associated with pre-purchase of equipment.

Value Based Equipment Selection An additional benefit to early planning is the ability, during the engineering design, to

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evaluate and select major equipment that represents the best value to building ownership and truly “fits” a particular building’s needs. As with most products in the market today, there are numerous manufacturers and options available when it comes to MEP equipment. Though similar in purpose, each piece of equipment offers its own benefits and drawbacks that must be considered by the design engineer when determining what equipment is right for a particular application. Some important considerations include energy efficiency, redundancy, physical size, weight, warranty, long term manitnenace, occupant comfort and implementation cost. The engineer must also consider impacts that equipment selection may have that result in additional cost or complexity outside of the equipment itself. For example, a “packaged” air handling unit (AHU) may be less in material cost but may require a crane or helicopter to lift it to its final location whereas a “knock-down” AHU that can be taken apart may be greater in material cost but will avoid the secondary cost of a crane or helicopter lift. Thus, the knockdown AHU may, in fact, represent the more cost effective and less risky option. Similarly a heavier AHU may be lower in material cost but require structural modifications to support its additional weight compared to a lighter, more costly AHU. In all cases, energy efficiency and associated maintenance and operating cost, as well as occupant comfort, should be evaluated based on the specific circumstances and the priorities of the building’s stakeholders. The value-based selection of MEP equipment centered on a building’s specific needs is the ideal approach to provide building owners and occupants with equipment that meets or exceeds their needs at the greatest value. However, as this process occurs as part of the initial design activities, it requires proactive planning to ensure that there is adequate time for the engineer to perform a value-based equipment analysis and that equipment lead times do not limit the product selection. The design engineer can then specify the equipment that has been mutually agreed upon as part of the engineering documentation issued for contractor bidding. In this process, what gets specified gets installed because it has been thoughtfully selected by the engineer and coordinated with the building stakehold-

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Custom, knockdown air handling unit specified to facilitate ingress.

Y Modular hot water boilers specified to facilitate ingress and allow for both redundancy and future expansion.

ers. This process provides the greatest chance of a sucessful project.

Recommended Tips Given the multitude of alternatives that exist for MEP system replacements within high-rise buildings, it is best to start planning early and to proactively involve all stakeholders to ensure that projects deliver the intended results and represent the best value for your particular building: • Have a current reserve study/capital plan on file and budget for MEP projects. • Commission a focused engineering study from a professional engineer approximately 1 to 2 years in advance of the project implementation • Enlist a professional design engineer approximately 9 to 12 months in advance of the project implementation and perform value based equipment selection prior to

Y One of two high-efficiency chillers specified for performance and redundancy.

bidding the project to contractors • Involve all stakeholders (Ownership, building engineers, building management, etc) in the initial engineering phases Although like-for-like equipment may be appropriate at times, the advancement of technology continually offers new opportunities to improve comfort and save energy at the same time, and in some cases, at a reduced cost. Proactive planning and value based equipment selection allows Building Owners to identify, implement and benefit from these opportunities. Additional information on Value-Based Equipment Selection can be found in the December 2019 publication of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal. $





The Habitat Company was awarded management of the 724-unit Park Tower Condominium building in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

I NDUSTRY HAPPENI NGS The Habitat Company The Habitat Company, a leading U.S. multifamily developer and property manager, announced recently that the firm has been awarded property management of Park Tower, a 724unit condominium building at 5415 North Sheridan Road in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, effective Jan. 1. “With beautiful lake views and shared spaces, Park Tower is the crown jewel of Edgewater condominiums,� said David Barnhart, vice president of condominium management at Habitat. “Park Tower has extensive amenities and is a great fit for Habitat’s growing condominium portfolio. It’s truly an honor to have been awarded management of this property.� Constructed in 1973, Park Tower Condominium is a lakefront high-rise climbing 55 stories. It is one of the largest buildings by unit count among allresidential buildings in Chicago. “We put the management contract for the building out to bid to four large companies we believed were capable of handling both our association and the size of the property,� said Michael Parrie, board president, Park Tower Condominium Association. “We chose Habitat because of its extensive experience, stellar reputation and commitment to implementing systems that simplify

the association’s daily operations, which can be vast given the number of people living in the building. We are looking forward to a seamless transition and positive working relationship.� Park Tower is situated close to the shopping and dining of the Historic Edgewater and Andersonville neighborhoods, lakefront beaches and the CTA Red Line. The property boasts a rooftop garden, grocery store, dry cleaners, clubhouse, parking garage, 24-hour doormen and security, a fitness center, racquetball courts and an indoor/outdoor pool. About The Habitat Company: Founded in 1971, The Habitat Company is a full-service residential real estate company specializing in property management, acquisitions and development. One of the largest residential property developers and managers in the United States, with over $3 billion in assets and more than 22,000 units under management across six states, the company’s portfolio spans a range of property types, from mid- and high-rise condominium, apartment and adaptive reuse developments to senior and affordable housing communities. The Habitat Company is headquartered in Chicago, with more than 800 employees throughout the United States.



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INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS CIT Group Mutual of Omaha CIT Group recently announced that its banking subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A., completed the acquisition of Mutual of Omaha Bank on Jan. 1, 2020. This transaction advances CIT’s strategic plan through the addition of a stable, lower-cost homeowner association deposit channel from the market-leading community association banking business. The acquisition will also build on CIT’s commercial banking strengths through the addition of relationship banking teams and expanded product and technology solutions. “The completion of this transaction accelerates CIT’s strategic plan to further enhance our capability as a leading national bank and create additional long-term shareholder value,� said CIT Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer Ellen R. Alemany. “The addition of the homeowner association deposit channel has significant growth potential and will reduce CIT’s overall cost of funds, and the middle market banking franchise will expand our footprint and customer base. These capabilities complement CIT’s core strengths and will allow us to unlock greater potential and create an even stronger company.� The purchase price was approximately $1 billion, comprised of $850 million in cash and about 3.1 million shares of CIT stock, which were issued to Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. The transaction includes $6.8 billion in deposits, $4.5 billion of which are community association deposits, and $8.3 billion of total assets, including $3.9 billion of middle-market commercial loans, as of Sept. 30, 2019. In total, CIT now has approximately $42 billion of total deposits and $60 billion of total assets. “We are excited to welcome the teammates and clients of Mutual of Omaha Bank to the CIT family,� Alemany continued. “We look forward to strengthening existing relationships, building new ones, and continuing to deliver value for our customers, colleagues, shareholders and communities." Mutual of Omaha Bank will begin to transition to the CIT brand and the retail branch locations will adopt the CIT Bank brand over the coming months. Customer accounts remain unchanged at this time and can continue to be accessed through Mutual of Omaha Bank branches, website, mobile apps and relationship managers. About CIT - CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender).The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, community association banking, middle market banking, equipment and vendor financing, factoring, railcar financing, treasury and payments solutions, and capital markets and asset management. CIT's consumer banking segment includes a national direct bank and regional branch network.

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Landscape Concepts Management Every year, the Magnificent Mile Association hosts the Beautification Walk where members of the Planning and Advocacy Division's Public Committee grade each property along Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street. The purpose of this walk is to acknowledge properties that provide the most festive and visually exciting parkway gardens for the four seasons. Landscape Concepts Management (LCM) was honored by the Magnificent Mile Association at their Fall Membership Luncheon on October 8, 2019. This luncheon recognizes people and organizations for companies that strive to make the appearance along the avenue and surrounding properties spectacular. We are proud to have received the Chairman's award for our seasonal color work at 605 N Michigan Ave in the fall and winter. Additionally, LCM received a Beautification Honor award for landscaping work at 730 N Michigan Ave.

Landscape Concepts Management (LCM) was honored by the Magnificent Mile Association with the Chairman's award for seasonal color work at 605 N Michigan Ave.

FirstService Residential FirstService Residential Illinois is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Valdes to Vice President, Property Management. In his role, Daniel will oversee the strategy and operations of our city portfolio management division, and will report Daniel Valdes directly to President Asa Sherwood. Daniel joined FirstService Residential seven years ago as a portfolio manager, and also served as a part-time onsite manager. In 2016, Daniel was promoted to Regional Director, and has supervised some of Chicago’s most high profile downtown associations. Daniel is known throughout the organization as a hardworking strategic thinker, who lives the firm’s core values every day. He holds CMCA and AMS licenses, and graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Rachel Eibl has joined FirstService Residential as the Vice President of Human Resources. Rachel has over 13 years of experience in HR management and business and has spent her career working in the environmental, manufacturing and healthcare indusRachel Eibl tries in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Paris. Rachel brings expert skills in talent strategy, employee relations, organizational change management and performance to transform the talent management initiatives in the Illinois market. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Marquette University. She is also a lifetime member of the business fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma.

Cornerstone Renovation Group Cornerstone Renovation Group is pleased to announce their launch into the Chicago Market with the addition of Business Development Manager Sheila Malchiodi. Sheila has been in the Chicagoland multifamily and commercial market for over 10 years providing exceptional service in the restoration and renovation industries. As a speaker, educator, and master networker, her expertise will make an impact on multifamily

properties here in Chicago and suburbs for Cornerstone. Sheila is a past President and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CAI - Illinois Chapter. She also serves on MCD Media's Condolympics committee that benefits Special Olympics. As a national provider, Cornerstone Renovation Group strives to exceed the expectations of traditional construction and emergency repairs here in this market.




Volume 15, No. 2, Spring 2020

Volume 25, No. 2, Spring 2020

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editor’s message

e made it through the majority of winter this year without major snow events or lengthy periods of bitter, intolerable cold temperatures that are typical. Although we started the winter season in late October and early November last year with some cold and early snowfalls, it’s been a relatively mild winter. At least winter has been mild until now. We all know how quickly weather changes in the Chicago area and we can have significant snow in March and even into April sometimes. Whatever Mother Nature brings us, it pays to make plans to be ready for the best as well as the worst conditions. The economy seems to be on a good track and most people are optimistic about 2020. Many experts predict a healthy housing market and look for unemployment, gasoline prices and mortgage rates to stay relatively low; all of which are good for almost everyone. Hopefully conditions stay positive but just as with the weather, it’s best to prepared for whatever happens with our economy. Hopefully some warmer weather will provide an opportunity to get an early start on exterior maintenance, repair, and restoration projects as many property managers report that they plan to undertake (or continue) some type of capital projects this year. Our cover story for this issue of CBE features Commonwealth Plaza which is very forward green thinking for an older building. They also have demonstrated great leadership and approached several capital improvement projects with a teamwork approach. This property profile article highlights the efforts of the owners, board and management in preserving and improving their property values as well as the environment. Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular. Many existing buildings are adding electric car charging stations or at least considering doing so. Pam Mckuen revisits this topic in this edition and says its now to a point where experts are telling building owners and managers, “its not if you are going to add electric car charging stations, but when you will add them.” Many high rise buildings are facing issues with their aging HVAC and plumbing equipment that is reaching the end of its useful life. Inside this issue we have an article that highlights the benefits of a value based equipment selection strategy. Often times, people will select “like for like equipment,” without considering life cycle costs and other trickledown impact. Roofing and siding need maintenance, repair and ultimately restoration. An article on the Streams III condo association showcases how mismatched exterior building components were all made to match as part of a transformational restoration project. A property profile on Willis Towers that appears in this edition highlights the many ways that the building improved their energy performance and is now the largest Platinum LEED certified building in the country. Another green building success story in this issue is on the Countryside Municipal Complex which is the first Net Zero building energy in the state. Our special feature on the winners of the Retrofit Chicago Awards highlights some recent accomplishments of the growing number of people, institutions and organizations that deserve recognition for their leadership and achievements in sustainability. Jim Fizzell’s regular feature (in The Landscape Buyer) on the weather and your landscape provides some helpful tips on preparing your outdoor landscape for the coming season and what to watch for in terms of winter damage on your plants. Also, inside this issue is an article on emergency preparedness and the importance of having a thorough plan in the event an emergency occurs. Our regular Industry Happenings column can also be found in this issue. We will continue to explore many other restoration, maintenance and building trends and green initiatives in coming issues of CBE. If you have a story to share please let us know. If your property has a special need or challenge, MCD media produces special events that feature a variety of resources and experts to assist you (these resources can also be found on other pages in this publication). Many members of our CBE advisory board will attend these events. There are also key resources from our sister publication –Condo Lifestyles available at our special events. Please consider attending our upcoming MCD Golf Invitational on July 17 and our luncheon at Arlington International Racecourse on August 20th. You can view photos from various events we produce and others we participate in at the mcd media Facebook page. Thanks to the many new subscribers that have found our publications useful and informative. Special thanks to the firms, associations and groups that are Authorized Distributors of Chicagoland Buildings and Environments, the Landscape Buyer and Condo Lifestyles. Those of you who are interested in becoming subscribers can obtain subscription information on our website $

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Superior Reserve Engineering and Consulting 888-688-4560

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Construction Specifications / Roof Evaluations Forensic Engineering / Project Management

Attorneys & Counselors

Daniel Baigelman, AIA Capital Improvements • Reserve Studies • Engineering Reports

Kellermeyer Godfryt & Hart, P.C. 847-318-0033 Investigations and Repair Documents for: Exterior Walls, Windows, Roofs, and Parking Garages Condition Surveys and Reserve Studies

Klein And Hoffman 312-251-1900 Delivering Consistently Exceptional Results Architectural & Structural Engineering Building Envelope Evaluation, Planning & Project Coordination


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Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. 773-796-4355

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LMC Construction 708-714-4175 Masonry Concrete General Contracting Roofing

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FIRE SAFETY & PROTECTION ENERGY GAS & ELECTRIC CenterPoint Energy 630-795-2594 Natural Gas & Electric Energy Reliable Service. People You Trust. Contact: Vickie Farina

ENERGY USE/BENCHMARKING Waldman Engineering 630-922-3000 Energy Benchmarking Studies & Compliance Services, Reserve Studies, Specifications


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Hill Mechanical Group 847-451-4200

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LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS Alan Horticultural Services, Inc. 630-739-0205

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DuBois Paving Co. 847-634-6089

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Perfection Property Restoration 877-962-9644

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POWER WASHING Power Clean, Inc. 630-545-9551 Mobility Efficiency Safety Professional Power Washing

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ACM Community Management 630-620-1133

REAL ESTATE TAX ATTORNEYS Elliott & Associates 847-298-8300 Property Tax Attorneys

McCracken McCracken Behrens 312-263-4308 Concentrating in Property Tax Appeals since 1976

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Chicagoland Community Management (312) 729-1300

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The Habitat Company 312-527-5400 Contact: David Barnhart

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Retrofit Chicago Awards The 2019 Annual Retrofit Chicago Awards Ceremony was held on October 23, 2019 at Michigan Plaza's Tenant Lounge and Conference Center. The event recognized annual energy efficiency with fourteen awards to a variety of winners. Y 100 East Huron Street

Mayor’s Leadership Circle - PLATINUM:

Most Valuable Manager (MVM):

Mayor’s Leadership Circle:

Awarded to any property team that reaches or exceeds a 35% energy reduction for their property in the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge.

Awarded to a Retrofit Chicago property manager or management team member who exemplifies how and why energy efficiency is critical to excellent property management.

Awarded to any property team that reaches or exceeds the 20% energy reduction target for their property in the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge.

100 North Riverside Plaza 100 East Huron Street

Most Valuable Engineer (MVE): Awarded to a Retrofit Chicago engineer who has gone above and beyond in identifying and achieving energy savings through efficient building operations at his or her facility.

Steven Colangelo, 70 West Madison Street Kevin O'Connor, The Wrigley Building

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Kana Henning, Loyola University of Chicago

Most Innovative Project or Partnership: Awarded to a project team or partnership showing exceptional innovation in the field of energy efficiency.

311 South Wacker Drive for the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Smart Building Technology Project

311 South Riverside Plaza 311 South Wacker Drive 625 North Michigan Avenue 70. East Madison Street The Chicago Bar Association Building (321 South Plymouth) The Harris Bank Building (115 South LaSalle) Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago The Wrigley Building




by James A. Fizzell

The Weather and Your Landscape What has happened to the bitter cold? No complaints, but lest we forget, a year ago we had been suffering through record-setting cold with lows well below zero and a temperature of -27 on January 27 at Niles. Official temperatures were -21 and -24 at O’Hare and an all-time record low for the state of Illinois at -38 was set at Mt. Carroll.


his winter, temperatures regularly have been above the norms, with few exceptions, as of the middle of February. What will happen between now and spring remains a mystery. We’ll get into that in a moment. This might bode well for our plantings were it not for the lack of snow cover.

Snow Insulation Lacking Since the end of October and the beginning of November, little snow has fallen. What snow did fall came in small amounts which quickly disappeared, either melting or sublimating. Much of the precipitation has been in the form of rain. Fortunately there has not been any severe cold spells without adequate snow cover. Adequate snow insulation protects low-growing and groundcover type plants and especially the root systems of trees and shrubs from damage. Roots can be injured at temperatures as relatively mild as ten degrees or lower. Also fortunate is the rain that has kept soils well-provided with moisture. Deep frost is less likely in adequately moist soils.

Several Years of Problematic Weather After several years of problematic weather conditions, last year was particularly difficult. The problems plagued not just the landscape industry, but agriculture in general throughout the Midwest. Much of these problems have been the subject of agricultural news all season. The cold wet weather last spring delayed or even prevented planting. After early heat, temperatures moderated and 80 degree days were hard to come by. Nearly a foot and half of rain fell during the fall and it snowed three inches for Halloween. Late plantings were slow to mature and had it not been for an extended fall, some may not have finished at all. While farm crops generally are annuals, planted each spring thus escaping the winters, our landscape plantings mostly are perennial


rebounded, the snow disappeared, and that was about it for the winter (up until February) except for a few minor snowfall events. Precipitation that fell after Halloween last October was mostly rain. Christmas was green.

Spring Forecast and are subjected to all the seasonal challenges. Plantings have had enough of the adverse conditions of the last few years. They do not need any more. Last fall we mentioned in this column the deterioration of trees and shrubs. While the evidence is just showing up, the problems started several years ago.

Further Examination of Weather Issues Examining the events of past seasons, we can begin to appreciate what our plantings have endured. Much of the trouble started nearly a decade ago with the driest summer in nearly 25 years followed by scorching dry summers and some tough winters. A few years ago, we began to notice plants failing to leaf out normally and soon unusual numbers of trees and shrubs were in the process of dying. In the last two years we had two recordbreaking winters, both starting with mild temperatures and little precipitation. Cold arrived suddenly with ice and snow. Last summer also arrived suddenly and with a vengeance following an interminable, cold, and exceedingly wet spring. Then rains stopped and temperatures headed up, allowing spring work, delayed for weeks, to finally proceed. Farmers were actually getting into the fields to plant. By the middle of July as things seemed to be going really well, the lack of rain became concerning, and elevated temperatures started to take their toll. Where missed by pop-up showers, the ground cracked and plants wilted, leaves on trees were hanging like crepe paper. As the month drew to a close, temperatures moderated and rains began again. Nine inches fell in September, and eight-plus inches in October, again making outdoor work difficult. Trick-or-Treaters were surprised by the early couple of inches of snow. By mid-November, our gauges had recorded more than 15 inches of the white stuff. But, temperatures


Since this article is being written in midFebruary, we are interested in what is in store for us by the time it gets to you readers in March, and what to expect for the remainder of the winter and spring. Our favorite source is Meteorologist Greg Soulje, an amazing longrange weather prognosticator, on whom we have relied for many years. According to Greg, this recent rollercoaster ride of temperatures (including the recent January thaw) should yield to seasonal, then to below temperatures heading into middle and late February and at times into much of March. Cooler-to-colder periods of weather should dominate the remaining winter season and a good part of early-to-mid-spring. Soulje sees indications of a shift to more seasonal temps as well as brief periods of above average temperatures, 80s and some 90s, into late-spring, early-summer, and a shift to a much warmer, frequently hotter mid-late-Summer. As for moisture, outside of brief and very short breaks of drier days from time to time, a still rather active, increasingly stormy pattern prevails for the rest of winter and notably February and well into March. Soulje anticipates frequent snow or rainto-snow systems here, with a tendency for more late-season snow events or storms. Odds even favor a significant early April snow. While snowfall has trended below average so far, He sees no reason why those numbers won’t ramp-up and come close to seasonal average by the end of the snow season. Looking ahead, there’s reason to expect an extended active wet pattern well into the rest of spring, perhaps even early summer before things settle to a more seasonal “normal.” Things may get pretty dry by summer’s end, he concludes. The US Weather Service predicts normal to cooler than normal temperatures and wetter than average for spring, warmer and drier by early summer.

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Most Plants are Resilient, But…. Most of our landscape plants are surprisingly resilient. They can stand adversity for a while, but there is a limit. Native plants are usually more adaptable to the vagaries of our weather than are those brought in from other parts of the country or even other parts of the world. Even our native plants have suffered from inclement weather. Most damaging was the afore-mentioned drought several years ago that significantly weakened plants. Desiccation is an obvious cause of plant loss. The plants just dry up. Also, with insufficient water, plants are unable to cool themselves and at temperatures above 80 degrees cells begin to die. Wilted plants cannot photosynthesize the carbohydrates needed to sustain them. The stored carbohydrates in the plant then are used just to keep the plants alive. Ultimately the plants begin to die back if water is not available. Even parts that survive may be rendered susceptible to diseases that will kill them. The severe cold with insufficient snow cover can cause root mortality, especially on shallowly-rooted plants. Some roots are killed if exposed to relatively innocuous temperatures of 10 degrees F.

Use of Locally Grown Plants More recently the sources of new plant introductions, and their adaptability to this area have been given a lot more attention. Many planting contracts require woody plant material to have been grown within 100 miles north or south of the planting site. This is to assure that the plant material has at least been exposed to the regional weather. There is increasing interest in geographic geo-types of some plants, and that propagating materials such as seeds or scion wood be collected from local plants. Plants that look alike such as redbud or red maple from Florida and the same plants from Minnesota are really quite different, having evolved in the local conditions. The Florida trees are unlikely to survive in Minnesota. Here in Chicagoland, the Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden have collaborated in the Chicagoland Grows program which evaluates plant material for its suitability to this climate. Woody and herbaceous plants are trialed. Some really good introductions have appeared since the program was initiated.

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Plant breeders here and elsewhere throughout the world are hybridizing plant material to tolerate our conditions. Thus we can expect that those plants will be increasingly tolerant of Chicagoland weather extremes. Consequently our pallet of plants will increase and more choices will be available. Losses from some extreme weather events may be less likely. Even with improved varieties, some weather extremes are going to cause problems. For instance, drought like the one a decade ago, will still kill plants if they are not properly watered to protect them. Stunning cold with no snow cover will freeze exposed roots not protected by snow. Shallowly-rooted plants without the benefit of adequate snow cover will be heaved out of the ground and desiccated, killing them. Heavy mulching and making sure soils have adequate moisture could save them. Sudden severe cold after mild weather will catch plants not fully dormant. Roller coaster temperatures in winter are very hard on plants which may develop dieback the next summer. Wrap trunks of susceptible trees, and heal-in low-growing plants for protection. Other things that can be done to improve survival of our plantings include making sure they come from a reliable, preferably local source. If the plants were grown here, they can reasonably be expected to survive here.

Proper Planting Conditions Plants need to be selected for the site where they will eventually reside. Soils throughout the area vary a lot. Some are sandy, some heavy. Some drain well, others stay wet.

The exposure, whether sunny or in the shade, affects how plants will perform. We have seen landscape designs for sunny areas flipped over and planted on the other shaded sides of buildings and expected to grow. Plants need to be installed in the best possible manner. Well-prepared soil, proper preparation of the plants, the right planting depth, and correct back-filling are all important. Too many times these important steps are ignored in the hurry to get stuff in the ground. Attention to watering-in the plants so the soil is settled around the roots is an easily ignored item. ...apparently sometimes it’s just too much trouble to find a hose or a water source. Once the plants are in the ground they cannot be left to their own devices. They need attention. If the rain stops, they will need water. If pests attack, the proper corrections must be applied. Susceptible plants need to be protected from browsing by rabbits, deer or mice. Later, trimming, dividing, cutting back might be needed to keep the plantings attractive and healthy.

Use of Professionals Professional landscape contractors are fully trained in these intricacies and can be trusted to do what is necessary for your plants to prosper. Before the season gets underway, contact your landscape contractors to make sure you both are on the same page. If you have ideas for new plants or are in need of a tune-up or a complete renovation of your plantings, professional landscape architects, designers and contractors are willing and able to do whatever is needed to make your plantings whatever you and they expect them to be. $




By David Savitt, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit

Electric Car Charging Stations in Community Associations: 5 Things to Consider It's becoming more common to find yourself next to a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, or Tesla Model S in traffic… and perhaps in the parking lot of your condominium, homeowner, or townhome association.


arious reports indicate that the sales of electric vehicles will continue to grow. However, the feasibility of supplying the growing number of electric vehicles with fuel remains a significant issue. Public charging stations are massively outnumbered by gas stations. As such, many electric vehicle owners find that it is more convenient to charge their vehicles at home. This can get complicated in a community association where residents share parking areas and the costs of supplying their association with electricity. Considering the rising ownership of electric cars, board members and property managers may be approached with proposals to install a charging station. As these requests become more common, you may be wondering whether your association is obligated to accommodate such a request. If so, how should these requests be addressed? The answers depend on a variety of factors which include, but are not limited to, analyzing state law and the capabilities of your association’s electrical grid. Below are five factors to consider when reviewing a request to install an electric car charging station within your association. 1. Know the law Some states (ex. California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Oregon) are subject to "Right to Charge" laws that prevent associations from blocking proposals for charging stations. Specifically, these laws state that the association’s governing documents cannot restrict charging stations or give board members the power to deny all

proposals outright. Associations in these states do, however, retain the power to evaluate charging station proposals and recommend changes before they are implemented. Nevertheless, these laws do require owners’ proposals to meet certain conditions and the requesting homeowner is expected to take responsibility for the costs to install and remove their respective charging station.

2. Check governing documents, rules, and regulations Due to the recent popularity of electric cars, older communities and/or associations with outdated governing documents may have little to no guidance in their covenants, by-laws, declaration, and or rules and regulations that explicitly reference electric charging stations. Nevertheless, since charging stations can be considered exterior alterations and/or modifications that are typically installed in common areas of the property such as parking lots or parking garages, association’s still retain significant power over the installation of electric charging stations, even if they are not explicitly referenced in the documents. That said, there are a number of factors (ex. whether the parking space at issue is deeded to the requesting owner or part of the common areas) that can affect your association’s ability to restrict and/or regulate the installation of an electric charging station. Accordingly, it’s important for board members and property managers to work with their legal counsel to review all aspects of any plans and/or specifications pertaining to the installation of an electric vehicle charging station so that your association is well aware of its rights and obligations.

3. Determine your property's electric capacity Charing an electric vehicle requires more than an outlet. Building codes, weather conditions, and the existing electrical capacity are just some of the issues that need to be reviewed. An electrician can present viable options but it’s also a possibility that the infrastructure of an older building may not support the electrical demands of a charging station.

4. Discuss ownership and management dynamics Your association can choose to own and/or manage the charging station/s that are installed in common areas, allowing for control over billing and operations. Some community members might be concerned that electric charging stations will negatively impact their own electricity bills. As a result, your association may want to consider installing a charging station equipped with software that tracks users, separates electricity costs, and bills users directly. Further, it may also be prudent to determine whether the electricity supplying the charging station can be sub-metered such that the costs thereof will be separate and apart from the cost of supplying electricity to common areas and/or individual units. This will help to ensure that any additional costs associated with the electric charging station are allocated to the owner(s) that are benefitted by the charging station. Alternatively, your association may condition its assent to the installation of electric charging station in exchange for the requesting owner(s) agreement to pay a regular monthly/yearly fee to the association to defray any additional costs associated with the charging station. In any event, it’s important to keep in mind that an Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP) can handle the maintenance and collection of payments from owners that utilize the charging station. There is also the option of allowing the homeowner to own, manage and pay all costs related to their charging station. This works well if the demand for charging stations is limited to one homeowner. However, if there are multiple electric vehicles within the community, it may be easier to consolidate all charging stations under the same management umbrella.

5. Have a proposal process in place Electric car owners and homeowners who are contemplating an electric vehicle purchase will often look to their board for guidance on how to handle charging stations. In order to ensure that the board is handling these matters consistently, the board should have a written policy in place. As part of that policy, the board may require homeowners to submit a detailed installation plan created by a licensed and insured contractor. The proposal should also reflect the owner's understanding that, depending on the association’s rules, they are accountable for funding the project. Installation should not begin before the board has reviewed the project and granted permission. Pioneering electric vehicle management at your community association may be a challenge, but it can also be an opportunity. Charging stations are an amenity that can enhance the desirability of your association while promoting a modern, environmentally conscious image. $



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By Kara Radcliffe – Certainteed

Streams III Undergoes Dramatic Transformation The Streams is a well-established development in Wheaton, Illinois, featuring a combination of single-family homes, townhouses and two and three story condominiums. Just 35 minutes from Chicago, this charming suburban neighborhood has numerous amenities, including tennis courts, a variety of beautiful parks and playgrounds, and the beloved "Prairie Trail" for biking, walking and jogging nearby.


lthough the quality of life in the neighborhood can’t be beat, the homes needed some exterior work to continue attracting new families and provide protection from the harsh Midwest climate. Mostly built in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the homes represent a wide range of styles, some of which were becoming outdated. By 2008, one homeowners association (HOA) knew it was time to consider replacing the exterior of one of the development’s oldest properties: the condominiums at Streams Condominium No. III Association (Streams III).

Reserve Study Detailed Condition & Life Expectancy of Common Elements To get the ball rolling the HOA board members commissioned a reserve study on Streams III in which an engineering firm detailed the condition and life expectancy of each common element used on the homes. The study’s findings indicated the need to look into siding and trim replacements different from the original wood shakes installed, due to their high ongoing maintenance costs. The study also recommended that the original asphalt shingle roofing be replaced within the next decade.

Undertaking the Renovation After two years of planning and consulting with a local architect, Streams III moved forward in 2010 with renovating the siding on all eight condo buildings and garages, which span about 6 1/2 acres of the neighborhood. The contractors installed more than 650 squares of vinyl siding and over 28,750 lineal feet of PVC trim. The teams first installed a protective weather resistant house wrap barrier, followed by a carefully curated mix of siding profiles and colors – vertical siding on one side of each building and horizontal siding on the other side – to achieve the architect and HOA’s desire for a more modern, eclectic look. Two of the buildings are clad with 8-inch board & batten vertical vinyl siding in a granite gray color and double 4 1/2inch vinyl clapboard in medium blue. Another two have board & batten in a natural clay color and the double 4 1/2-inch vinyl clapboard in a redwood color. The third profile pairing is board & batten in a light

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green and double 5-inch vinyl clapboard in medium tan. The final pairing is board & batten in a light tan color and double 5-inch vinyl clapboard in light blue. In addition, woodgrain PVC trim and stone veneer flats, corners and sills bring the whole look together. The project took about six months to complete and ran mostly on-schedule.

Brought the Complex into the 21st Century “It changed the entire look of the buildings, and brought the complex into the 21st Century,” said Ellen Curtin, property manager for Streams III. “Our architect redesigned the buildings with two different colors and styles of siding on each to minimize the impression of their length, as well as four different color schemes to differentiate buildings.” According to Curtin, residents responded very positively to the redesign, and the products have held up very nicely since the project’s completion in 2011. “We’re now going on nine years since the renovation, and we have had minimal upkeep,” she said.

Roofing Update Next Now, the buildings have received a roofing update as well, completing the exterior makeover. The HOA board had hired an engineering firm to write specs for a roofing request for proposal, but it was very complicated and would have cost the association thousands of dollars to execute. Instead, the HOA worked closely with the roofing manufacturer sales manager to simplify the plan and determine which products would be best. They decided to renovate the roofs of all buildings and garages, installing 550 squares of laminated asphalt shingles in a weathered wood color, as well as static vents for balanced attic ventilation. There were some venting issues that needed to be resolved, yet the work was carried out quickly and smoothly. “The shingle color we chose both compliments and has great contrast with the siding, and is much more attractive than some of the competing shingles that we considered,” said Scott Hendrickson, president of the HOA. $



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By Ray Valek

Countryside Municipal Complex is Net Zero First Net Zero government building in Illinois will produce as much energy annually as it uses.


n October 19, 2019 Mayor Sean McDermott and city officials hosted a community-wide grand opening.of the new Countryside Municipal Complex at 803 S. Joliet Road, Countryside, Illinois. “We all have a responsibility to protect our environment and to mitigate the impact of climate change,” McDermott stated. “Because of this priority, our city council gave its full support to building a Net Zero municipal complex that will meet the needs of our city now and well into the future.” The building will produce as much energy annually as it uses and has met LEED Gold certification requirements, which also include reducing light pollution, water consumption, storm water run-off, and materials waste. Housing Countryside’s city hall and police department, the 34,700-square-foot, tri-

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level complex was built as a sustainable and environmentally responsible solution to replace the current 16,945-square-foot city hall and police department, which opened in 1967. Dewberry served as the complex’s architect and Frederick Quinn Corporation (FQC) as the construction manager.

635 solar panels and 198-foot monopole tower among the complex’s features The complex includes 635 solar panels with an estimated annual output of 273,000 kilowatt hours. The panels will produce 100 percent of the building’s electricity, and the city will have no electric bill to pay while reducing carbon emissions. Other building features include a “green” roof with native plants that reduces storm-water run-off, energy-efficient mechanical systems incorporating geothermal heating and cooling, water-efficient plumbing

fixtures, LED lighting, insulated low-emissivity glass allowing natural light that saves energy costs, automatic light shut-off, air-tight building design, and air quality control. A 198-foot monopole tower on the 2.9acre property will generate revenue for the city by serving as a Verizon cell tower while enabling the complex to share the city’s intranet information among the city’s water and public works departments and golf course. Electric vehicle charging stations will be available for public and facility use. Many of the solar panels are located on top of car ports that will have the additional benefit of protecting police patrol cars, which have a significant amount of technology and equipment located within them. Sheltering patrol cars will help to increase their life cycles, maintain the technology, and makes it easier and faster for officers to respond to the community during inclement weather.




No PropertyTax Levy Projected The Countryside Municipal Complex was financed through the issuance of a long-term $20 million bond, a $1 million grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and the $1.5 million sale of the current city hall property. The city’s long-term projections show the ability to pay debt service without the use of a property tax levy. “The city can finance this project without a property tax levy due to our strong financial position, sales tax,

and economic base of tax-paying commercial enterprises we have attracted to the city,” McDermott said. Meeting all American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements, the complex includes city council chambers; the city’s administrator, clerk, community development and finance department offices; police headquarters and secure detainment areas; and multi-purpose spaces for police training, community meetings and shelter

during weather emergencies. “The community room can be divided into two rooms accommodating different-sized groups from the senior citizens club to condominium associations. This is a great feature for our residents,” stated City Administrator Gail Paul. Countryside Chief of Police Joseph Ford said the police department will have space to do training onsite. “There’s a greater emphasis now on preventing volatile situations from becoming violent, and police training now includes social/emotional training, hand-to-hand defensive tactics and weapons training,” he explained.

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The police headquarters includes a reception desk with video monitoring and other technological advances, private spaces for citizens to report incidents, and much-needed space for the city’s 24 officers to perform their duties. A fitness center and women’s and men’s locker rooms inside of the department encourage officers to stay physically fit for the demands of police work. The new building has designated areas for evidence processing and storage, roll call, recordkeeping, equipment storage, and firearms cleaning. As evidence processing, retention and security rules have changed and best practices have evolved, “having a new, modern evidence processing and storage areas are extremely important,” Ford explained. “Evidence must be handled with increased security while meeting strict protocols. Additional storage space is necessary because the statutory duration which evidence must be kept has been increasing.

Secured detention and investigation space meets IDOC standards Meeting Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) standards, the secured space within the headquarters includes detention cells, a line-up viewing room, booking area, and interview rooms. A dedicated bond out/prisoner release area away from the public areas provides for the secure release of prisoners. The complex is built on the site of the former site of The Flame restaurant. During the demolition of the building, 87 percent of the Flame’s building materials were recycled, with 100 percent of the gravel base that sat beneath the Flame’s asphalt parking lot used as the base for the complex’s new parking area. $ S P R I N G 2020


Quick Facts about the Countryside Municipal Complex ADDRESS:

803 S. Joliet Road, Countryside, Ill., on the former site of The Flame restaurant BUILDERS:

City of Countryside, Dewberry and Frederick Quinn Corporation (FQC) SIZE:

• Water-efficient plumbing fixtures • LED lighting • Insulated low-emissivity glass allowing natural light that saves energy costs • Automatic light shut-off

34,700-square-foot, tri-level building on a 2.9-acre lot

• Air-tight building design


• 198-ft. monopole/cell tower

Net Zero and LEED Gold

• Electric vehicle charging stations for public and facility use


$20 million bond, $1 million grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and $1.5 million sale of current city hall property. No property tax levy will be required. BUILDING AND PROPERTY FEATURES:

• 635 solar panels with an estimated annual output of 273,000 kilowatt hours, producing 100 percent of the building’s electricity • “Green” roof with native plants that reduces storm water run-off • Energy-efficient mechanical systems incorporating geothermal heating and cooling

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Countryside Municipal Complex, Countryside, Illinois.

• Air quality control


• Reception desk with video monitoring • Private spaces for citizens to report incidents • Much-needed space for the city’s 24 officers • Fitness center and women’s and men’s locker rooms • Designated areas for evidence processing and storage, roll call, recordkeeping, equipment storage, and firearms cleaning

• Secured space meeting Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) standards and including detention cells, a line-up viewing room, booking area, and interview rooms

Shown here are some of the Solar Panels located on the building's roof.

• Dedicated bond out/prisoner release area away from the public areas




By Perri Meyer

Willis Tower is Largest U.S. Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification EQ Officce (EQ), a U.S. office portfolio company wholly owned by Blackstone's real estate funds, announced in late 2019 that Willis Tower is now the largest building in the United States to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's ("LEED") Platinum designation. The Tower earned the prestigious Platinum designation under LEED's latest v4.1 rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) strongest and boldest rating system to date. Willis Tower earned LEED Gold in 2018, and in less than a year, made significant energy, sustainability and comfort improvements to achieve the Platinum status. "


illis Tower is in the middle of an exciting evolution, transitioning from an office building into a neighborhood that delivers the best experiences of life and work in Chicago," said David Moore, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Director, EQ Office. "Our tenants and their employees are passionate about working in offices where sustainability is a priority, and we're proud that our commitment to sustainability, which extends throughout our portfolio, has earned Willis Tower the prestigious LEED Platinum certification." Giovanni Cutaia, Blackstone Real Estate's Global


Head of Asset Management, added, "We are committed to driving greater sustainability by making the assets in our portfolio more energy efficient. The capital we are investing in Willis Tower will not only make it a better place to work and visit, but also better for the planet." Willis Tower Located at 233 S. Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown Chicago, Willis Tower is an urban destination and state-of-the art workplace that welcomes prominent businesses ranging from law firms to large


airline corporations to insurance companies. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower has breathtaking views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Willis Tower's Skydeck attracts more than 1.7 million visitors each year with its inviting hospitality and memorable experiences. In early 2017, Blackstone and EQ Office announced plans for the biggest restorative transformation project in the building's 46-year history. The $500 million renovation project now underway includes the addition of Catalog, a more than 300,000 square-feet curated dining, entertainment and community experience, as well as a 30,000 square-feet outdoor deck and garden, evolving at the base of the tower. The Catalog name is a historical nod to Willis Tower's original developer and owner, Sears Roebuck, and its popular printed catalog, which was a retail disrupter of its age. Catalog offers an effective way to experience great content, products and experiences. New tenants are now opening in Catalog, and this will continue through its completion in mid-2020. The Tower renovation also includes

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150,000 square feet of new tenant amenity spaces. Willis Tower was also recently named one of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) 50 Most Influential Tall Buildings of the Last 50 Years and to the Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois' 200 Great Places list. One Project at a Time "Transforming our buildings and communities to be more sustainable happens one project at a time, and Willis Tower has been a leader in showing how green design, construction and operations are not only good for the environment, but for tenants as well," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize our buildings and communities by providing everyone access to healthy and green buildings. Willis Tower's LEED Platinum certification is a prime example of how high-performing, sustainable spaces can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference." Building Enhancements In partnership with Rivion, a Wisconsin-based energy consulting firm, EQ improved the building's environmental quality through a number of building enhancements, including: • Revamping the heating and cooling (HVAC) system through the installation of state-of-the-art technologies, allowing the Tower to heat and cool more efficiently, which is expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 20%. • Reducing heating water energy consumption by replacing electric hotwater generators with natural gas hot-water boilers. • Upgrading the building's lighting control system and installing energy-efficient LED lights. • Installing low-flow high-efficiency sink faucets, toilets and urinals, which is expected to cut approximately 30 percent of the building's water consumption (11 million gallons annually).


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Y A $500 million renovation project is now underway and evolving at the base of Willis Tower that includes the addition of Catalog, a more than 300,000 square-feet curated dining, entertainment and community experience. A 30,000 square-feet outdoor deck and garden is also planned. Other EQ Properties

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In addition to Willis Tower, EQ manages tens of millions of square feet of LEED and Energy Star Certified office properties across the country, including The Exchange Building (Seattle), which is LEED Platinum Certified; 350 N. Orleans St. (Chicago) and 1740 Broadway (New York City), which are LEED Gold Certified; and Griffin Towers (Santa Ana, CA), which is Energy Star Certified. Additionally, in the past year, EQ has established formal committees supporting key environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives and has implemented advanced technology across its portfolio to measure each building's performance. .

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a roadmap for designing, constructing and operating high-performing, green buildings, cities and communities. There are more than 100,000 projects participating in LEED in more than 176 countries and territories. LEED provides an independent, third-party framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly-efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The latest update to the rating system, LEED v4.1, was introduced in 2017 with a data-driven path to certification and recertifi-

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