PBC Executive Director Felicia S. Davis
From the Executive Director:
I am proud to oversee the Public Building Commission (PBC), an agency rich with history and contributions to our communities that for more than 50 years has served as a public developer planning, designing and building schools, parks, libraries, police stations, fire houses and other public buildings.
On behalf of our clients, we build neighborhood anchors that help to make the communities of Chicago and Cook County better and safer places to live. From parks to branch libraries, modern schools built for 21st century learning and public safety facilities, the PBC has developed buildings that have helped to stabilize neighborhoods and serve as a catalyst for more development that has reshaped and revitalized our communities.
The support we receive from our clients and community partners has allowed us to build upon a track record of completing projects on schedule and within budget. Since 2011, over 150 capital projects have been completed by the PBC with a budgetary authority of $1.4 billion in project development costs.
The projects have had a broader economic impact on the people who call these neighborhoods home, with more than 29,400 jobs created. A diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve is an essential part of our mission. Of the more than $1 billion paid on contracts since 2011, these projects have achieved a combined minority and women-owned business participation of 38.92% -- significantly higher than the combined goal of 28% -- and more than $392 million in contract value.
The strong partnerships we have forged with community organizations and the dedicated staff at the PBC are critical to the work we do across the city and county.
As a public developer, we are entrusted with public resources and we understand the importance of this responsibility. For that reason, we have the highest level of accountability and transparency in managing and reporting how we spend these taxpayer-supported dollars.
We are also strongly committed to environmentally sustainable or "green" development. The PBC's Board of Commissioners, chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are strong advocates for an environmentally sustainable approach to development. Thanks to their leadership, elements of sustainable design are included in every project we develop. These measures are not only good for the environment, but they also lower operating and utility costs. Every PBC project includes key sustainability features such as the use of durable and recycled materials, green roofs, stormwater management, and recycling of construction waste.
I am also proud that the PBC has been a leader on the development of LEED-certified buildings. Through April 30, 2015, we have developed 69 LEED-certified facilities, with an additional 20 LEED registered projects in development. Together, the PBC with the City of Chicago and its Sister Agencies have achieved LEED certification on 89 municipal facilities, exceeding the goal set by Chairman Emanuel in June 2011 to double the number of LEED-certified municipal buildings in the City by 2015. Chicago now has 89 LEED-certified municipal buildings, more than any other city in the nation, and is a leader in the environmental sustainability movement.
Thank you for visiting the PBC website. I hope you will take time to discover all of the excellent work the PBC is doing and the role we play in the development of strong, sustainable communities.