Public Building Commission of Chicago Projects Honored by Chicago Building Congress

Kevin Smith, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

As the Chicago Building Congress presented its 2009 Merit Awards today, the Public Building Commission of Chicago was recognized as a finalist in the new construction category.

The PBC’s development of four new fire houses — Engine Co. 70 at 6030 N. Clark St., Engine Co. 18 at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave., Engine Co. 102 at 7340 N. Clark Street and Engine Co. 121 at 1724 W. 95th St. — were finalists in the CBC’s new construction category  for the City of Chicago.

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Judging Committee evaluated projects on the basis of distinctiveness of design, quality of construction, positive impact on the surrounding community and safety record.

“The Public Building Commission is certainly proud of the work we do in bringing new schools, new libraries and new public safety facilities to Chicago communities,” said PBC Executive Director Erin Lavin Cabonargi, “To be recognized by the Chicago Building Congress, an organization made up of leading professionals in the design and construction industry, is a true honor.”

The PBC, along with PBC Chairman Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Fire Department, opened Engine Co. 121 in July of 2008, engine companies 18 and 70 in August 2008, and Engine Co. 102 in January 2009. The fire houses were each built utilizing a prototype design that features a circular driveway, a there-vehicle apparatus bay, advanced communications and training technology and living quarters.

The PBC manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its other sister agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Additional information about the PBC and its projects is available at the agency’s Web site:

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