d'Escoto Inc

Architectural Services


Navy Pier Centenial Vision

Project Description

In June of 2011, Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) issued its Centennial Vision, a framework plan that outlines NPI’s long term vision that will guide the redevelopment of the Pier. The Centennial Vision breaks the Pier into a number of discrete components that include the interior and exterior portions of the Pier. The Phase I components include the Pierscape, Headhouse, Family Pavilion, and the South Arcade. Pierscape includes Gateway Park, the Crystal Garden, Pier Park, East End Park, and South Dock. Gensler was commissioned to develop the Centennial Vision with Navy Pier and subsequently design the renovation of Family Pavilion. James Corner Field Operations was awarded the design of Pierscape, Headhouse and South Arcade.

d’Escoto, Inc.’s Role

d’Escoto, Inc.’s efficient processes, municipality experience and depth of permitting process knowledge, made it well positioned to provide superior permit coordination services, which included expeditiously obtaining all necessary building permits and associated department approvals for the Phase I projects.

Notable accomplishments include:

Obtaining four outstanding building permits, within 2 weeks of being brought onto the project, meeting the construction schedule’s mid-September deadline. Coordination between the Departments of Landmarks, Planning, Zoning and Buildings was crucial in order to obtain these permits on such a limited schedule.
Obtaining the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Department of Water Management approvals for the roadway reconfiguration and rehabilitation at Streeter Drive. Coordination with the Office of Underground Coordination (OUC) was also needed for this reconfiguration project due to utility reconfigurations and traffic signal relocations. Approvals from OUC usually take several months to obtain however, d’Escoto, Inc. was able to garner approval in a month and a half, enabling the contractor to begin work in mid-November.
Providing permit coordination services for three of the four previously obtained building permits due to design changes. Permit drawings were submitted in mid-November and permits were obtained in late December/early January. This included obtaining approval from Standards and Tests.