Contractors are scheduled to begin work this Thursday, July 5th, on the installation of new exterior channel glass panels for the parking garage at the southeast corner of Sheridan and Sherwin. The parking garage will remain open and accessible during the construction.
The sidewalk on the Sheridan side will remain open with a canopy to protect pedestrians for the duration of the project. Parking on the Sheridan side will be prohibited on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., but allowed after hours and on weekends.
The first two months will consist of site preparation work. The actual installation of the new glass panels will begin in September when the Sheridan parking lane and a lane of northbound Sheridan traffic will be closed to allow for a crane to install steel supports and hang the panels. A mobile traffic sign with flashing lights will be posted on Sheridan during the lane closure to advise motorists and allow safe and efficient traffic flow.
A similar partial lane closure will be required when the crane moves to the Sherwin side of the garage later in September. These lane closures are expected to last approximately two to three weeks.
The contractors estimate they will complete the installation work by this October.
The garage opened to the public in August, 2015, with attractive exterior channel glass panels serving as its most distinctive architectural feature (see photo on left). A car fire in the garage the following November damaged several of the panels.
Upon inspection of the damaged panels, the owner of the garage, Tawani Enterprises, discovered flaws in their installation.
A subsequent inspection of all the garage’s panels revealed similar flaws. Out of an abundance of caution, Tawani decided to remove all the panels immediately and install new ones.
Litigation with Tawani’s original contractor, the complex manufacturing process involved in creating the glass panels, and challenges shipping the glass panels from their German manufacturer combined to delay the installation of the new panels by nearly three years.
I am pleased Tawani is finally returning to the building to its original attractive design. Once the new glass panels are installed, the parking facility will no longer look like a run-of-the-mill parking garage. The glass panels provide an attractive and distinctive architectural feature that helped convince me and a majority of community residents to support the parking structure when it first was proposed.
Tawani’s contractor set up a special “Construction Hotline” at 312-645-0112. Please call that number if you see any site or construction issues that need immediate attention. Of course, also feel free to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-338-5796, if you have any questions or concerns.