Mayor Rahm Emanuel Elected Chairman of the PBC, Presides Over First Monthly Board Meeting

Mimi Simon, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) today elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel the Chairman of the Public Building Commission.

At its monthly Board meeting, Mayor Emanuel was first administered the oath of office to be a Commissioner of the PBC, and shortly thereafter, was nominated and elected to be the Board Chairman.

As his first order of business, Mayor Emanuel administered the oath of office to Juan Rangel, a new PBC Board Commissioner, and commended Adela Cepeda, outgoing PBC Commissioner for her years of service to the Board.

Other Board business included the award of a contract for the Demolition and Abatement of the South Shore High School located at 7529 South Constance Avenue. The demolition of the old South Shore High School is scheduled to begin in Summer 2011. The scope of the project includes abatement, the salvaging of equipment to be packaged and stored and the demolition of the old school building. The PBC recently completed a new South Shore High School, located at 1955 E. 75th Street.

For each project it takes on, the PBC implements both economic sustainability provisions in its contracts as well as environmental sustainability in its design and construction practices. Economic sustainability provisions include bid incentives for the employment of apprentices, and minority and female workers; community hiring and resident workforce requirements; and contract provisions that require minority- and women-owned business participation and local business participation.

All PBC projects are designed to achieve a minimum LEED “Silver” Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Environmental sustainability design features typically included in PBC projects are green and reflective roofs; durable and recycled building materials; lighting sensor and daylight harvesting; aggressive stormwater management, and native and adaptive landscape species.

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