Eugene Sawyer Purification Plant

Chlorine Improvements

LEED Certified: Silver

A 37,000 sq. ft. structure designed to house new chlorine processing equipment. Site work includes roadway improvements and 40 new parking spaces.

The project includes the removal of existing chlorination equipment, the installation of new chlorination equipment, new water lines, a new electrical feeder from an existing substation, provisions for new emergency scrubbers, new hoisting equipment, new compressed air equipment, improvements to the process control system and miscellaneous work as required to provide a complete installation.

LEED Features: Light colored pavement to reduce heat island effects. The building seeks LEED basic certification.


* formerly known as the South Water Purification Plant

Southwest Vehicle Maintenance Facility


State-of-the-art masonry and steel fleet maintenance facility for maintaining and washing of refuse trucks and off-road equipment. The basement area provides service capabilities for refuse trucks and off-road equipment. It will have surface parking for 54 vehicles, staging area for 31 City refuse trucks and/or off-road equipment, and 17 Service Bays on a 4.26 acre site. It will include a Lunch Room, Administrative Offices, Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms, a Tool Crib, Parts Area with a Parts Office, Machine Shop and Equipment Wash Bay.

LEED Features: The LEED goal is “Silver” Certification for this facility and will incorporate a solar thermal water heating system.

OEMC City Incident Center

Mayor Daley unveiled the new state of the art City Incident Center on January 30, 2006. The $4 million; 3,000-square-foot center includes:

  • Twenty-four workstations equipped with state of the art network switching; touch-enabled flat screen technology providing access to applications; and weather sensors
  • Twelve 42-inch television monitors can descend from the ceiling to rest at eye level in front of each operator and display images from cameras located throughout the city.
  • 18-foot high-resolution digital video wall, capable of displaying dozens of images from city cameras, breaking news and Doppler radar.

4th Ward Yard Office

This Department of Streets & Sanitation project was completed in 2005 and is certified LEED Silver.

Department of Water Management: Facility, Shops & Vehicle Storage

Completed in 2004, the PBC implemented a cost-saving building technique on this project that reused the original building’s foundation to construct a new Department of Water Facility. Employing a contemporary architectural design created a fresh look for the 42,000-square-foot building that houses Chicago’s water meter testing site, maintenance shops and warehouse space. In addition, the PBC built a garage to store departmental vehicles as well and a one-story office building, both located on the Water Facility site.

OEMC City Operations Center

On November 16, 2004 Mayor Daley unveiled the new City Operations Center. The “OC” as it is know by its users is a 2,000-square-foot cutting edge facility designed to aid the communication and coordination of city agencies for major events and emergencies.

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Opened November 8, 2003 The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance seats 1,500 for performances by a dozen arts groups offering ballet and other dance styles; classical, chamber, opera and folk music; and many other types of entertainment. The founding companies are:

  • Ballet Chicago
  • Chicago Opera Theater
  • Chicago Sinfonietta
  • The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
  • Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
  • Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
  • Music of the Baroque
  • Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Performing Arts Chicago

Chicago Center for Green Technology


The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The CCGT was the third building in the country to receive this prestigious certification, and is the first renovated structure, government-owned building, and brownfield site to earn this rating.

This project was completed as part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chicago Brownfield Initiative (CBI). May 4th, 2002 was the grand opening of this former brownfield site, which was transformed into a model of environmentally friendly design. The building houses a solar panel manufacturer; Greencorps Chicago, Mayor Daley’s community gardening and job skills program; and a community design studio for the public. The center offers workshops focusing on green technology and sustainable design, a green building resource center, and self-guided or guided tours to visitors

The building features solar and geothermal power, a rooftop garden, a habitat area that filters storm water, and recycled finishing products. The grounds include test plots for community gardens and a greenhouse.


  • 2003 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award