1 E. Erie

1 E. Erie

1 E. Erie Chicago, Illinois 1 2 Site Improvement AVA managed a lobby renovation, common area corridor, and bathroom project for Winthrop Management in 2013.  After soliciting bids to multiple architects for design development and project implementation, Gensler Architects was awarded the project.  The lobby design included a new security desk, cladding of existing marble columns with stainless steel, new lighting, cladding of the perimeter walls with white glass panels over the existing marble, installation of Mecho Shades at all windows in the atrium, guest seating, new exterior signage, and a new custom entry mat system.  As part of the corridor and bathroom renovations, all wallcoverings from both bathrooms and corridors were removed and the walls were painted, replaced lighting and carpet throughout, new acoustical tile, added a soffit above the elevator doors to provide more direct light.  The General Contractor for this project was Norcon. Client Marc Realty Project CostLobby and Corridor/Bathroom Renovation- $500,000 Type of ConstructionCurtainwall AVA RoleHeather Amro- Owner’s Representative ...
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134 N . LaSalle

134 N . LaSalle

134 N. LaSalle Chicago, Illinois 1   LSE (Life Safety Equivalency) AVA worked with building management to complete approximately 95% of the sprinkler installation.  In addition, AVA installed, a fire alarm system, including speakers and strobes, as well as one- and two-way voice communication in stairwells, common areas and tenant spaces in excess of 5,000 SF.  Elevators were modified to include fireman’s recall device/switch in all elevators and added communication devices within all elevators. Client Marc Realty Project CostLSE - $450,000 Type of ConstructionLimestone and Brick AVA RoleHeather Amro- Owner’s Representative ...
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29 E. Madison

29 E. Madison

29 E. Madison Chicago, Illinois 1 Facade 29 E. Madison, The Heyworth Building, is a Chicago landmark. This brick and terra cotta façade restoration project started in 2016 with completion in 2017.  Repairs were performed on the south, west, north and east facades.  The front facades feature a blend of dark, red-brown terra cotta and brick masonry.  This Chicago Landmark serves as an excellent representation of the Chicago School of Architecture, combining structural expression with decorative masonry ornamentation.  The repair scope consisted of repairs to the cornice on the north elevation, terra cotta and brick repairs/replacement at the east and north elevations, repairs to the structural embedment’s at the fire escapes on the west and east elevations and general tuckpointing on all elevations. LSE (Life Safety Equivalency) AVA implemented Life Safety Equivalency modifications in this landmarked building.  Installed 2-hour rated doors at tenant entries, and mechanical and electrical closets.  Installed fire-stopping in all vertical and horizontal penetrations between floors and between public areas and tenant’s spaces. Client...
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30 N. Michigan

30 N. Michigan

30 N. Michigan Chicago, Illinois 1 Facade Glazed terra cotta building in a landmark district.  Repairs began in 2013 through 2016 on the north and east facades.  Repairs focused on the primary and intermediate piers and included: Removing terra cotta units at shelf angle locations Repair or replacement of shelf angles Installation of flashing Incorporating horizontal expansion joints Installation of new terra cotta LSE (Life Safety Equivalency) AVA implemented Life Safety Equivalency modifications in this landmarked building.  Created fire-rated egress stairwells by architecturally modifying corridors.  Installed in excess of 220 fire-rated doors and frames, working with more than 200 tenants, including sensitive users such as psychologists and dentists to assure their practice was not disrupted.  AVA installed fire-stopping in all vertical and horizontal penetrations between floors and between public areas and tenant’s spaces. Client Marc Realty Project CostFacade - $7,000,000LSE - $300,000 Type of ConstructionTerra Cotta AVA RoleHeather Amro- Owner’s Representative ...
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223 W. Jackson

223 W. Jackson

223 W. Jackson Chicago, Illinois 1 Facade 223 W. Jackson, also known as the Brooks Building, is designated as a Chicago landmark, due to its unique orange and green glazed terra cotta.  As such, all repairs and modifications must be reviewed by the Chicago Landmarks Department. AVA has managed all façade work since 1999. A major façade renovation was undertaken in 1999 to sensitively clean the historic façade to remove the carbon discoloration, replaced over 200 sections of the orange and green terra cotta façade, repaired other terra cotta, caulked 100% of the windows and conducted 20,000 LF of tuckpointing.  In 2006, additional repairs were undertaken including terra cotta, limestone and brick repairs.  In 2011, an $800,000 lobby and building entry renovation was undertaken. The building has remained in good condition with minimal repairs required since 2006. LSE (Life Safety Equivalency) AVA implemented Life Safety Equivalency modifications in this landmarked building.  Installed 2-hour rated doors at tenant entries, and mechanical and electrical closets.  AVA installed fire-stopping...
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8 S. Michigan

8 S. Michigan

8 S. Michigan Chicago, Illinois 1 LSE (Life Safety Equivalency) AVA implemented Life Safety Equivalency modifications in this landmarked building.  Installed fifty (50) 2-hour rated doors within the tower portion of the building. AVA installed fire-stopping in all vertical and horizontal penetrations between floors and between public areas and tenant’s spaces. AVA installed a new fire alarm system, including a one and two-way voice communication systems within stairwells, common areas and spaces in excess of 5,000 SF. Upgraded elevators to include fireman’s recall device/switch in all elevators and added communication devices within all elevators. Window Replacement In 2017, AVA managed the removal and replacement of all windows on the east elevation. Due to the building's landmarked status, AVA worked  closely with Chicago Landmarks to not disrupt the historical look of the building. Additionally, all work was done after business hours in order to not disrupt the commercial building's tenants.   Client Marc Realty Project Cost LSE - $150,000 Window Replacement - $500,000 AVA RoleHeather Amro- Owner’s Representative ...
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10 E. Ontario

10 E. Ontario

10 E. Ontario Chicago, Illinois 1 2 Elevator Modification From 2014 to 2016, AVA managed the modification of 13 elevators servicing the 51-floor building.  Additionally, on 5 of the 13 elevators, flooring was replaced inside the cab.   Balcony Restoration AVA was retained to manage the construction team that was already in place by Sudler Management.  The scope consisted of concrete repairs at all balconies and slab edges, concrete painting, replacement of railing anchorage, new waterproofing membrane installation at balconies, sporadic window and balcony caulking was done at units experiencing water infiltration. Client Sudler Management Project Cost Elevator Modification - $2,000,000 Balcony Restoration - $1,500,000   AVA Role Anne Voshel & Heather Amro- Owner’s Representative ...
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Duracell Headquarters

Duracell Headquarters

Duracell Headquarters Bethel, Connecticut 1 2 3 Analysis of consolidation options resulted in Duracell purchasing a 43-acre parcel, adjacent to existing rental facilities, which housed 600 employees in eight buildings.  A goal & objective setting exercise was facilitated to establish budget, schedule, quality and other critical criterion, such as environmental/green design and a facility that would be in harmony with its surroundings. The building itself has three levels.  Besides general office space, it contains laboratories, a conference center, TV production studio, and a fitness center. To ensure Duracell’s environmental goals were achieved, a “Green Team” was organized consisting of employees, managers, architects, and environmentalists. Client Duracell ArchitectHerbert S. Newman Associates ContractorTurner Construction Construction Cost$50,000,000 AVA Role Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative Completion Date 1994 ...
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Ameritech Center Campus

Ameritech Center Campus

Ameritech Center Campus Hoffman Estates, Illinois 1 2 Anne Voshel provided project management services for the acquisition, zoning annexation & planning approval, design, construction and move-in of this 240-acre corporate campus.  The 1,300,000 s.f. office building included a conference center, food service, and fitness facility.  Off-site roadway improvements were coordinated with transportation authorities.  Site development included a roadway network, a 7-acre lake, and extensive landscaping for the entire 240 acres.  A 3,000-stall parking structure was constructed as well as a remote maintenance facility, which housed a fleet maintenance capability as well as operations staff. Client Ameritech ArchitectLohan Associates & Environments Group Contractor Pepper Construction & Turner Construction Construction Cost$300,000,000 AVA Role Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative Completion Date 1991 ...
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58 Indian Hill Rd.

58 Indian Hill Rd.

58 Indian Hill Rd. Winteka, Illinois 1 2 3 Our client wanted to build the home they would live in as empty-nesters, but expecting (hoping!) their children and grandchildren to return home often. Overlooking the Indian Hill Golf Club, the 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home features a guest house, pool, 7 terraces/porches,  half-court basketball court and a golf simulator. AVA was requested to assist in the design and construction process for their home as the one of the owners traveled extensively and was unable to be involved in the detailed aspects of the development process. AVA created a conceptual budget which has been used to track the project throughout design and construction. AVA issued a series of Requests for Proposals, including General Contracting Services,  Security Design/Build Services; Audio/Video Design/Build Services; Swimming Pool Design/Build Services; Landscaping Bids.     Client Jana and Pat Eilers ArchitectKonstant Architecture Planning, Inc. General Contractor WP & Mitchell Builders, Inc.  Construction Cost$5,000,000 Team Roles  Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative Completion Date July 2018 ...
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Metrosquash Chicago

Metrosquash Chicago

MetroSquash Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1 2 3 MetroSquash's mission is to engage under-served Chicago youth through academic support, squash and wellness, mentoring, enrichment, and community service to develop high school ready middle schoolers, college ready high schoolers, and career ready adults.  AVA assured objectives of MetroSquash were kept in focus throughout the project by working with the architect to draft the RFP, solicit bids, and implement the installation for all technology, security, and audio visual requirements. AVA also planned and orchestrated the move from MetroSquash's old facilities into the new.  After the move, our team assisted the client for 8 months to assure all punch list items were completed and their facility was running properly.  Client MetroSquash Chicago Architect Nagle Hartray Completion Date Bulley & Andrews Project Cost $6,685,000 Team Roles  Heather Amro - Owner’s Representative Completion Date  Spring 2015   ...
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The Newberry Library Renovation (First Floor and Basement)

The Newberry Library Renovation (First Floor and Basement)

The Newberry Library Renovation (First Floor and Basement) Chicago, Illinois 1 2 3 4 5 6 The Newberry was founded on July 1, 1887 and the current building, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, was completed in 1893.  The Bookstack tower, designed by Harry Weese and Associates was completed in 1982 to house environmentally secure collections. AVA Consultants was retained as the Owner’s Representative during the Design Development Phase of the project to establish budget, schedule and assure the clients objectives were accomplished.  The project will expand Newberry’s community of learning into new parts of the library.  The renovation will result in restoration of the historic lobby and completely new spaces including a visitor information center, bookstore, a climate controlled seminar room where some of the collections can be utilized, meeting rooms, a permanent gallery, a new lift providing an accessible entrance from Walton Street, digital monument sign and sensitive exterior lighting to accent the beautiful architectural details of the entry. Construction will commence in January 2018 and will be...
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Marc Realty Portfolio

Marc Realty Portfolio

Marc Realty Portfolio Chicago, Illinois 1 2 3 AVA Consultants established the Project Management organization and systems within Marc Realty in early 2000, and continues to be involved with their more complex projects. These projects include renovation of historic buildings, many of which are landmarked, as well as City of Chicago interface (with both the Department of Planning & Development & Aldermen). Typical projects include: •Historic façade renovations and repairs, including brick, limestone, terra cotta, windows and storefronts • Historic lobby renovations • Replacing HVAC systems for a 19-story building • Modernization of elevator hoisting, control systems and cab interiors • Life-safety improvements including voice communication systems, sprinkler systems and fire control panels • Tenant interior improvements • Interface with City of Chicago Landmarks Division, Planning and Development Department and the Department of Buildings (i.e., permits) Client Marc Realty Team Roles Anne Voshel, Heather Amro, & Marcello Delfini - Owner’s Representatives ...
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3500 N. Lake Shore Drive

3500 N. Lake Shore Drive

3500 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 1 AVA was retained by 3500 Lake Shore Drive Cooperative Apartments to address numerous long term maintenance issues that were in need of repair: ~Boiler Stack Leaks: the boiler stack had leaks which had resulted in carbon monoxide migrating into some areas of the building. A consultant suggested relining the entire stack, which was lined with asbestos. AVA worked closely with the engineer and various contractors to come up with a more cost-effective solution to the boiler stack leaks. The project resulted in three new, more efficient boilers and a new stack for approximately the same cost that relining the stack would have cost ~Façade Repairs: the street-facing brick and terra cotta façades had not been addressed in a comprehensive manner and repairs were necessary. AVA assisted the board in selecting the façade consultant, bidding out the bid specifications, coordinating with tenant shareholders, interfacing with the lender and Title Company and delivering the project within budget. ~Deteriorated Water Piping: units were...
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The University of Chicago Facilities Services

The University of Chicago Facilities Services

The University of Chicago Facilities Services Chicago, Illinois 1 2 The University was developing $500,000,000 of new facilities with an internal organization that was not staffed to handle this volume of projects. We worked with the University to identify their needs and capabilities, and recommended that outside consultants be brought in to manage their major developments, while their inhouse staff be utilized to manage on-going projects. The first order of business was to select an owner’s representative for the new athletic center, structured parking garage and student housing. Appropriate firms were identified, Requests for Proposal written and issued, interviews conducted, evaluation criteria developed for ranking each respondent, and references checked. This project was followed by the need to conduct a design competition for the University’s new Graduate School of Business (see U of C Harper Center project). Client The University of Chicago, Facilities Services Completion Date2001 Team Roles  Anne Voshel - Owner’s Representative ...
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