Façade Renovation – River North

FirstService Project Management was engaged by the Association Board at this Chicago high-rise to manage a critical balcony and facade repair project. The work ranged from simple exterior paint to more complex masonry repairs on this 19-story building. The scope of work included:

  • Obtain all permits, licenses, and approvals
  • Coordinate activities/schedule of all subcontractors, including daily Covid-19 screening (temperature checks, sanitizing stations, face coverings, etc.)
  • On-site superintendent to ensure project efficiency
  • Weekly progress meetings and daily construction reports
  • Concrete repairs
  • Waterproofing membrane repairs
  • Sealant repairs
  • Concrete painting
  • Balcony anchorage replacement
  • Cleaning and sealing of existing anchors
  • Balcony railing painting

By monitoring quantities to compare to our vendor’s contract and requesting the difference in the form of a credit, our project management team was able to save this Association over $364,000.00. With these immense cost savings, FSPM was able to add additional scope to the project. This included:

  • Clean and power wash all precast on all four elevations
  • Complete replacement of perimeter and balcony sealant
  • Cove sealant replacement on all four elevations
  • Complete membrane replacement on specified balconies
  • Concrete repairs to façade to conceal exposed rebar
  • Sealant at all counterflashing at terrace level / railing repair and paint
  • Remove and replace terrace level pavers

Even after adding these large-scale items to the scope, our project management team was still able to return $113,500 to the Association.


Reference: Michael Donnell, FSR Regional Director