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Aon Center Lobby

 

Location: 200 E. Randolph, Chicago

Client/Owner: JLL/601 W

Architect: Gensler

 

Project Management Team:
  • Project Manager Katelyn Petraitis
  • Chief Estimator Paul Lyons
  • Superintendents Dan Sweeney & Derek Michaels
  • Project Team Supervisor Pam Kowalski
Project Highlights:
  • Multi-phased lobby renovation project
  • Redirected pedestrian foot traffic several times during each phase to keep the lobby open during the entire project
  • Sixty thousand people travelled through the lobby and retail area daily
  • No safety incidents
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Teamsters Local 705

 

Location: 300 S. Ashland, Chicago

Client/Owner: Teamsters Local 705

Architect: Chicago Design Network

 

Project Management Team:
  • Project Executive William Webb
  • Project Engineer Ian Soboya
  • Project Team Supervisor Lori Luna
  • Superintendent Miguel Lopez
  • Project Intern Valentine Lang
Project Highlights:
  • BEAR’s team successfully scheduled, coordinated and managed a multitude of trades to install a new 50, 847 gallon storm trap system
  • 1,120 tons of type B aggregate base course
  • 3,201 SY of bituminous pavement
  • 22,367 SY of concrete paving
  • 732 LF of B6.12 curb and gutter
  • 22,367 SY of concrete paving
  • 3,874 SF of permeable pavers
  • New irrigation system
  • New landscaping
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Harrison Law

 

Location: 141 W. Jackson, Chicago

Client/Owner: Glenstar

Tenant: Harrison Law

Architect: Nelson

 

Project Management Team:
  • Project Executive Ben Miles
  • Project Coordinator Mike Chesler
  • Project Superintendent Dan Miles
  • Project Superintendent Mark Marfise
Project Highlights:
  • 8,730 Sq. Ft.
  • Free standing magnetic dry erase boards
  • Project completed 10 days ahead of very tight construction schedule
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Tela Café

 

Location: 350 N. Orleans, Chicago

Client/Owner: EQ Office

Architect: Partners by design

 

Project Management Team:
  • Project Manager Gianna Scarcella
  • Superintendent Tom Lane
Project Highlights:
  • 1,000 SF café
  • Completed entire construction while
    lobby remained open
  • Coordinated all owner installed equipment

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BEAR Construction Company CISCO Award

 

The Board of Directors at the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) announced that as part of their 2019 Pride in Construction Awards Program, “The Old Chicago Post Office” was the award recipient of the Rehabilitation Project- Chicago/Suburbs category. The OCPO top vote getter for all categories.

BEAR Construction Company restored The OCPO between 2016 and 2019. This hulking 2.8 million SF was one of the most remarkable stories in construction, not just in Chicago, but the entire USA! It’s redevelopment is a catalyst to a forgotten corner of Chicago’s otherwise vibrant downtown and will be home to approximately 15,000 corporate employees.

Over 200 people attended the award ceremony. The Keynote speaker was the senior Senator of Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin. BEAR was represented by several members of the OCPO project management team including Senior VP Dennis Hill and CEO George Wienold, standing center and right of center, respectively.

CISCO Press Release PDF

CISCO BEAR Notification Letter PDF

CISCO JLL Notification Letter PDF

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Socks for the Homeless

 

Socks are the number one requested item from homeless people. This year, BEAR employees donated 1,053 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s socks. The socks were dropped off on “Giving Tuesday” to the Safe Haven Foundation on Chicago’s west side.

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2019 Greater Food Depository - Special Achievement Award!

 

An executive committee has selected “The Old Chicago Post Office” as a project finalist for the 2019 Greater Food Depository - Special Achievement Award! 601 W, Telos, JLL, Gensler and BEAR Construction Company all teamed up to work on the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the OCPO. The winners will be announced on March 19th at their awards ceremony.

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Amita Health Holiday Toy Drive

 

BEAR Assistant Project Manager Nick Wienold spearheaded a sleuth of BEAR associates and BEAR Construction Company to collect an abundance of toys for the Amita Holiday Toy drive, 2019. Additionally over $1,000 was collected from raffle ticket purchases and donations on the final night of the drive at the Amita sponsored event. BEAR gives back! The Holiday spirit lives!

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Finalist for Renovation and Adaptive Reuse - $15+ Million

 

The Chicago Building Congress has selected “The Old Chicago Post Office” as a project finalist for Renovation and Adaptive Reuse over $15 Million. Along with 601 W, Telos, JLL and Gensler, BEAR was part of the outstanding team that orchestrated the redevelopment of this iconic building.  The award ceremony will announce the winners for all of the categories on May 14th at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

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NAIOP Blue Ribbon Panel

 

Sr. Vice President Dennis Hill (seated second from the left on panel) represented BEAR on the NAIOP Blue Ribbon panel discussing the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of The Old Chicago Post Office. Dennis was and is an integral member of the development team. This iconic building has revitalized the southwest side of the Loop and is a visual gateway into the city.

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