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We Are Pleased to Announce Our Latest Hire, Ed Doherty


Chicago, IL - June 27, 2023 - After a distinguished career with the Chicago Building Department, Ed Doherty has announced his retirement, effective July 1st, 2023. Following his departure, Doherty will be joining Phase 1 Consulting, a leading advisory firm in the construction and development industry.

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Construction Stop Work Order

How To Avoid Stop Work Orders

Construction projects are complex and demanding, with a multitude of moving parts that must work together in order to achieve success. Unfortunately, one common obstacle that can derail a project is a stop work violation. This occurs when work on the project is halted due to a violation of safety or regulatory requirements. These violations can be costly, both in terms of time and money, so it is essential to take steps to avoid them. In this blog post, we will explore some strategies for avoiding stop work violations on construction projects.

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Chicago Multi-residential construction

Alliance Takes Top Multi-Residential Developer Spot

Alliance Residential had 13,480 units in 2022 which unseated Greystar to take the top multi-residential firm in the United States. Greystar performed well but not well enough in 2022 with 3,000 less units, coming in at 11,351 unit starts.

Overall, 2022 was a an exceptional year for multi-residential developers with 533,200 units starting construction. According to the the US Census Bureau, this is a 15.4% increase over 2021. Greystar was one of the few multi-residential developers to actually show a decrease in units overall, 

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Earthquake damage

Chicago and Earthquakes

The stories coming out of Turkey are horrendous and are weighing on the hearts and minds of peopel around the world. The sad reality is that more stringent building codes, enforcement, and improved construction methods could have made a significant impact.

Amongst the failings include President Erdogan who personally oversaw an amnesty program that forgave poor construction practices. All of this has lead to a monumental disaster that has taken a massive toll on human lives. There are reasons for building codes and building code enforcement and it is not just about generating revenue, it is for the safety of our citizens. 

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Sears Redevelopment Six Corners

Stop Work Order Lifted at Six Corners Sears Redevelopment Project

Some good news to report on the Chicago construction scene as the stop work order issued in August for the Sears at Six Corners redevelopment project was completely lifted last month, clearing the way for work on the fifth-floor addition to start up again. This looks like an amazing project and it is great to see Chicago redevelopments take place. 

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