Project of the Year: 2012
53rd and Lake Park
Location: Chicago, IL
Approximate Value: $1,000,000
Scope: Furnish and install GFRC panels on a parking garage.
Challenges: Panelized GFRC was the best solution for the intended design, but convincing everyone of that took a long time. In retrospect the biggest challenge may have been the large panel size after we accepted the challenge of no horizontal joint. The 14' height x 32' length made efficient shipping amazingly complex. The use of stepped blocks in different colors turned out great. Because of sequence and logistic issues, there was tight coordination with the GC. Hoisting method depended on location and was via either the tower crane, the more usual mobile crane, or a combination. Overall everyone thought the GFRC went in very nicely and with few problems.
Architect: HPA/Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture - Sophie Bidek (312) 226-4488
General Contractor: James McHugh Construction - David Riordan (312) 986-8000