Technology is Here to Stay
Once on an “endangered” list for historic structures, the Wilder Mansion, built in the 1860s, now enjoys a new life as a gleaming special event space for the Elmhurst Park District. FocusCivil worked with the district and Williams Architects to reconfigure and reconstruct the mansion, originally a residence and then used to house the Elmhurst Public Library, to make it suitable for modern use while restoring its pre-library character. The team demolished a visually incongruous 1964 addition and added a new, handicapped-accessible entrance that better blended with the original structure.
Modern Homes Demand Smart Technology
FocusCivil refurbished the brick exterior and completely reconstructed the interior space, installing new MEP systems, adding restrooms and bringing the mansion up to modern standards for life safety, accessibility and comfort. Interior elements, including several dramatic fireplaces, were attentively restored.
Since the plant must remain in operation, the entire construction process has to be precisely sequenced to minimize any impact on existing plant operations. Any interruption in service would negatively impact the City of Chicago’s sewage system.
This Trend is Set to Continue
FocusCivil is providing general contractor services as part of a joint venture with Araiza Corporation, a minority-owned business enterprise.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
The Stickney Treatment plant is the world’s largest waste water treatment facility, handling 1.2 billion gallons per day and serving 2.4 million people in a 260 square mile area including the central part of Chicago and 43 suburban communities. As part of this $160 million improvement project, FocusCivil constructed a new gravity thickening building, a 100,000 square foot cast-in-place and precast concrete structure that houses eight tanks-each 80 feet in diameter which will be used to thicken sludge during the wastewater treatment process. Odor control from the gravity thickening building is achieved by transferring air to a 20,000 sf cast-in-place biofilter building which will contain 112,000 cubic feet of filter media that absorbs and eliminates the odorous air passing through the 9-foot deep media beds.