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Public Buildings Commission

Parks, building commission contracts to require $13 an hour wage

Harold Washington Library gets new lighting under Infrastructure Trust’s Retrofit I

The Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library has received new energy-efficient lighting as part of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust’s Retrofit I initiative.

Using an average of 35 fewer watts per light fixture across a total of 6,000 metal halide light bulbs will help the city save “some real money” on energy costs, Public Building Commission Project Manager George Marquisos told members of the Infrastructure Trust Board during a meeting on Thursday. He also said the new bulbs provide far brighter and cleaner lighting than the previous bulbs.

Emanuel to expand IG's power to Public Building Commission

Crowded Northwest Side schools getting new annexes

Chicago Public Library to expand adolescent digital media program

The Chicago Public Library got the green light Tuesday to expand a digital media program for young people that Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed has “exceeded all expectations.”

The Chicago Public Building Commission Board, which Emanuel chairs, signed off on having CPL present design and budget plans for YOUmedia centers at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.; Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St.; and Legler Branch Library, 115 S. Pulaski Road.

CPS school annex construction process begins

The Chicago Public Building Commission on Tuesday started the selection process for companies to build annexes for four Chicago Public Schools projects that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said will improve school options and ease overcrowding.

Near West Side child abuse center embarks on overhaul

City officials presided Tuesday over an 18,000-square-foot expansion of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, a private, non-profit health site in the Illinois Medical District that has acknowledged being overwhelmed by its patient intake.

Under an expansion slated to finish in December, CCAC, located at 1240 S. Damen Ave., will ramp up efforts to train the community in identifying signs of sexual and physical abuse – with the intention of increasing the number of reported incidents, according to Audrey Eisenberg, chief external affairs officer for the CCAC.

Chicago Infrastructure Trust set to break ground on first project

Nearly two years after Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, its first project won final approval on Tuesday.

The 11-member Public Building Commission Board, which oversees the construction and maintenance of city facilities, voted unanimously to manage the trust’s Retrofit One program. Under the $13 million initiative financed by Bank of America, energy-efficiency improvements will be made in 62 city-owned buildings.

Public Building Commission Board advances $17M Walter Payton Prep project

The Public Building Commission Board on Tuesday approved two measures related to the development of a $17 million annex at Water Payton College Prep school on Chicago’s Near North Side.

PBC begins planning for South Side school parking lot

The Public Building Commission on Tuesday approved a request from Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development to initiate planning for the Lindblom Math and Science Academy parking lot on the 6100 block of South Winchester Avenue.