Public Housing – Renovation of 916-1000 Wabash Ave

  • Public Housing – Renovation of 916-1000 Wabash Ave
  • Public Housing – Renovation of 916-1000 Wabash Ave


Client: Chicago Housing Authority

Location: Chicago, IL


The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) requested the design-build rehabilitation of 916-1000 South Wabash as part of the CHA’s capital construction, rehabilitation and capital maintenance activities. This project represented a portion of the remaining five-year Capital Improvement Program with construction costs estimated at $1.5 Billion over a 10-year period funded by the United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the RFP. The renovation consisted of major interior demolition and reconstruction, correcting the facility’s life safety shortcomings; improving the base buildings and its major mechanical system; and revitalizing the work environment and public spaces for both the tenant (CHA), and the CHA residents who visit the building regularly.

Services Provided

d’Escoto, Inc. was a member of the design-build team with OWP/P and Executive Construction Inc. d’Escoto, Inc. provided program oversight services including code compliance verification, design review, construction monitoring and reporting, and project closeout assistance. Responsibilities included schedule development, scope control, budget validation, cost control, quality assurance, and analysis of project progress.

Innovative Solutions

The major issue regarding this rehabilitation was the CHA office staff was still occupying the facility.  CHA employee deliverables were to be met as the work was being completed.  Our team coordinated with the CHA staff daily and all schedule updates and modifications had to be cleared with CHA leadership.  Flex space was provided as the renovation progressed in order to address entire departments at one time. This space had to accommodate up to 100 employees and the moves had to be seamless as to not interfere with production. Most of this work was completed on weekends when staff was not on site.