Public Building Commission of Chicago Reports Progress on Nathan Hale School Annex and Renovation: Project is 75 Percent Complete

Molly Sullivan, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

CHICAGO- The Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) today reported excellent progress on the construction of the Nathan Hale Elementary School Linked Annex, announcing that the project is 75 percent complete.

Work on the school annex, 6140 S. Melvina Avenue in the Clearing community, began in early 2013 and is progressing on schedule and under budget.

“I am pleased to let the community know that the work is moving ahead as scheduled and that we are in the final phase of the development,” said PBC Executive Director Erin Lavin Cabonargi. “This project is an example of our strong partnership with Chicago Public Schools and our commitment to creating better learning environments for our students. I want to thank Hale Principal Dawn Iles for her cooperation and support during the project. I am confident the new annex will be welcomed by the students and staff at Hale, and we look forward to the completion of the project by the end of the calendar year so that the Hale School community can enjoy these wonderful new facilities starting in 2014.”

The PBC was given the budget authority of $15.8 million for the project, which adds a 41,338 square-foot three-story linked annex to the existing Nathan Hale Elementary School that will serve approximately 360 students. The new annex will include 11 standard classrooms, a computer classroom, an art classroom, two student “pull-out” rooms, two business offices, a kitchen and student dining center as well as other amenities. The project also includes the installation of sound attenuation panels in the auditorium.

In addition to providing an upgraded school building for students, the project has created an estimated 57 Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) jobs, including 45 construction jobs and 12 professional service jobs. More than 10 percent of the workforce on the project comes from the community.

As it does with all of its projects, the PBC has a strong commitment to both economic sustainability and environmentally sustainable development and construction practices. The Hale Annex features sustainable elements including the diversion of construction waste from landfills, utilization of durable and recycled materials in construction, light sensors and daylight harvesting, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, low flow/low consumption water usage , native and adaptive landscape species and aggressive stormwater management

Economic sustainability provisions include contract requirements for diverse business participation as well as provisions for a diverse and local workforce.

About PBC: The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the PBC’s chairman. Erin Lavin Cabonargi serves as the Executive Director of the PBC.  Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at  You can also follow the Public Building Commission of Chicago on Twitter: @PBCChi and on Facebook:

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