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2015 STAND DOWN FOR SAFETY

The focus of the 3rd Annual Stand Down will center on the importance of Planning for Safety. Projects employing pre-task planning throughout the entire construction process realize better safety ratings. Using pre-task planning brings the entire crew into the decision making process that directly impacts their own safety performance thereby making the jobsite a much safer place.

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Got2Run for Education

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2015 Merit Awards

George Sollitt Construction Company was honored at the Chicago Building Congress 2015 Merit Awards Ceremony for Northeastern Illinois University “El Centro Campus” – New Construction Chicago Under $55 Million.

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Vertiport Chicago

Utilizing the CM@Risk delivery method, Sollitt Construction has completed Chicago’s only downtown Heliport. The new Vertiport Chicago located at 1339 South Wood Street, Chicago, IL celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday, April 30, 2015. An exciting moment for Mike Conklin, president of Nighthawk Services, who is also a former Marine One helicopter pilot to see his long-time dream come into fruition. As he, partners and the 28 Ward Alderman cut the ribbon to the new Heliport the hangar doors open to see the bright sky as a helicopter took off and flew around the 4.5 acres Landing Pad area. While an array of helicopters stationed in the parking pads.

Vertiport Chicago features a 30,000 sf hangar made of precast concrete walls with 28’ high clear space below the steel trusses for helicopter storage and maintenance.

The project also includes a 12,000 sf Fixed Base Operation (FBO) building along with Landing Pad areas, Taxiways, Parking & Refueling.

The Vertiport will provide helicopters for corporate executives, strategic deliveries, Emergency Medical Service and serve Chicago’s tourism industry. The Vertiport provides Chicago their first commercial helicopter service not seen since the closure of Miegs field.

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Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club

Another Wonderful Year of Helping Rebuilding Together

This year we partnered with Northern Trust Bank and Public electric to help out the Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club located in the Humbolt Park neighborhood. We renovated the club’s kitchen, preschool education area, their main game room, and most importantly we were able to provide them security access control at their main entrance .  Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club serves the needs of over 300 neighborhood children on a daily basis.

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Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

On Saturday April 25, 2015 Sollitt is happy to have the opportunity to work with Rebuilding Together on their annual National Rebuilding Day Program. This program brings together a host of volunteers to work in partnership with the community to repair the homes and the improvement of the neighborhoods of elderly, disabled and low-income residents so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.

This year Sollitt will be offering a helping hand to repair and improve the Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club. The organization exists to promote the social, moral, vocational, physical and educational development of nearly 6,000 boys and girls residing in in the Humbolt Park and West Town communities of Chicago.

New Project

Southeast Area Elementary School

George Sollitt has been awarded to construct the new 111,000 GSF, 1,200 student, 3-story Southeast Area Elementary School. The school will include 44 academic classrooms, 2 computer labs, 3 science classrooms, 3 art/science classrooms, 2 music rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, gymnasium, library, and administrative suite. Building construction will be concrete and steel frame over spread concrete footings and an exterior envelope consisting of cold formed steel studs and masonry veneer. Site improvements comprising of a new parking lot for 51 cars, storm water management improvements, new sidewalks at south and northeast of parking lot and main property, new vehicular drive at west edge of property, and a refuse / delivery area at southeast of project site.

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LUMC Gottlieb Hospital Gift Shop - Subway Sandwich Shop

The George Sollitt construction Co. has completed the new Gift Shop - Subway Sandwich Shop. The project consisted of removing an existing Coffee Shop and part of the Gift Shop in order to create the space for a new Subway Sandwich Shop. The common wall between the two spaces at one time was the exterior wall of the hospital. This structural wall had to be re-engineered in order to be removed and as one of the first steps in renovating the area.
 

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LUMC Gottlieb Hospital Servery Alterations and Finishes

Sollitt has completed the new Servery at the LUMC Gottlieb Hospital.

Sollitt had to completely shut the existing Servery down during construction. The project consisted of a complete demolition of all of the kitchen equipment. Underground plumbing had to be modified to accommodate the new layout for the Servery. Sollitt furnished new electrical, plumbing, and upgraded the finishes and under the owners contract all new kitchen equipment was furnished and installed. Due to the Servery being close down the existing cafeteria and recently completed Subway Shop on the lst floor temporarily provided retail food service. The hospitals patient food service was maintained in operation throughout the entire project. 

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Rosenwald Courts

The George Sollitt Construction Company and partners begin a $109M revival of the historic Rosenwald Courts. The long awaited February 18th groundbreaking is expected to be a major catalyst for continued development in Bronzeville by bringing new and affordable housing to the neighborhood. The long vacant 454 unit complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once was called home by some of the most famous African Americans in the nation, including Nat “King” Cole, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The building was originally built in 1927 by Julius Rosenwald, past president and part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company. The 5 story building takes up an entire city block along 47th street and the redesigned complex will be condensed to 239 senior and family apartments, with new elevators, large lobby entrances, a fully furnished community room, a fitness center as well as 40,000 square feet of retail and office space while retaining nearly all of the existing structures.

Recognizing Rosenwald Courts’ cultural significance, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell has demanded the principle developer, Indiana based Landwhite Developers include significant minority community participation. The George Sollitt Construction company along with their joint venture partners, Brown and Momen and Powers and Sons, are providing significant African American participation as construction begins. Rosenwald Courts will be opening in the summer of 2016.

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North Shore Baptist Church

Sollitt has begun renovation work at the North Shore Baptist Church located at 5244 N. Lakewood Ave. Chicago IL 60640.

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Kankakee AASF Readiness Center

Ground Breaking….

Sollitt breaks ground to construct the new 185,000 sq. ft. two-story Illinois National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF); adjacent to the Greater Kankakee Airport, an existing greenfield site. The Readiness Center’s main floor classroom and conference spaces will offer flexibility for the National Guard battalions and will also house three units: the 935th, B106 and Medivac. The medical exam area is located on the second floor that will incorporate considerations for efficient flow and patient privacy.

The AASF’s tactical operations building will be utilized to plan missions and monitor air traffic and weather which will include large monitors strategically located to provide visual oversight of the apron. The AASF’s hangar will be equipped with aircraft maintenance features such as a 10-ton travelling bridge crane and 109 ft wide x 20 ft tall tilt-up canopy doors. The hangar space was specifically designed for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, a weapons simulator training space and task-loaded combat simulated flight environments.

It has been stated that the new Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility will redevelop the area providing a major economic boost that will last for years to come. The Kankakee area and the state of Illinois will benefit from the project and by the people using and being served by the military both locally and nationally,”

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CISCO 2014 Pride in Construction Award

George Sollitt Construction Company won the CISCO 2014 Pride in Construction Award for Back of the Yards High School/Library – New Construction Chicago (Above $20m).

http://cisco.org/wp-content/pdf/POY14-winners.pdf

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NEIU El Centro Campus

EI Centro wows with its bright colors at the grand opening on September 30, 2014. The George Sollitt Construction Company has completed the new eye catching artistic design color-changing building that embraces the Kennedy Expressway. You will be dazzled by the building schools colors in 20 inch fins changing from blue to yellow, or the reverse as you pass by.

This 66,000 sf, three-story facility will enable NEIU to expand its academic and community programs. It is a LEED "Gold" project including solar panels, LED parking lights, and storm water retention. Highlights include Energy efficient building,17 State of the art classrooms, Computer Lab, Science Labs, Resource Center, Library - Faculty Offices, Rooftop with solar panels, Seminar/Meeting Rooms, Student lounge with views of the Chicago skyline and rooftop terrace.

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VERTIPORT USA-Chicago

The City's Only Downtown Heliport

Sollitt has completed the new 4.3 acre Chicago’s Vertiport project. The Vertiport will provide Chicago their first commercial helicopter service not seen since the closure of Meigs field. It is replacing the Stroger Hospital EMS helicopter landing area and providing service to the Illinois Medical District and surrounding area. The Vertiport includes a 30,000 sf Hangar for helicopter storage and maintenance as well as a 12,000 sf Fixed Base Operation (FBO) building along with a Landing Pad, Taxiways, Parking and refueling. The Vertiport also provides a Illinois Medical District based EMS operation that will also provide service for corporate executives and the tourism industry.

Check Out Vertiport USA-Chicago Website: http://www.vertiportchicago.com/

New Project

Triton College

Sollitt has begun work a $14.8 million dollar renovation and addition at Triton College. The CDB project includes renovating the schools old technology building that once taught welding, car repair, electronics, carpentry and other industrial classroom functions. It will be a state of the art renovated technology building for the medical field.

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Chicago Vocational Career Academy

The Sollitt/Oakley Joint Venture has completed the $55 million renovation of Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA), which was creating new career-focused classrooms to prepare students for jobs in a variety of high growth industries, such as horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

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MWRD Calument Tarp Pumping Station

Sollitt and Joint Venture Partners Sachi and Alworth have started work at the Calumet Tarp Pumping Station. The purpose of this project is to replace the existing East 1 and West 1 Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) pumps with larger capacity pumps, replace their motors, and install new 4.6 kV variable frequency drives (VFD) for the pumps. The suction and discharge piping will be modified to accommodate the new pumps. Also, the remaining four pumps, East 2 and 3 and West 2 and 3, will be replaced with new 72 MGD pumps, along with new motors and four 4.6 kV VFDs. The drives will be located on an elevated platform in each of the pump rooms. A low pressure steam line will be constructed from the High Level Influent Pumping Station to TARP for heating needs; and the grading, roads, and site work distributed under numerous contracts over the last 10 years will be completed and restored.