For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Women- and minority-owned contractors to build facility to house more than 600 ComEd workers, STEM learning center for the community
CHICAGO (July 10, 2018) – Local leaders – including Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland, Ald. Deb Mell, and Terry McGoldrick, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Engineers Local 15 – joined ComEd executives today to break ground on a new Chicago North headquarters in the city's Avondale neighborhood.
The facility, which will house more than 600 ComEd employees, will replace the 88-year-old building currently serving as ComEd's Chicago North location. The location helps ensure the delivery of safe and reliable energy for more than 1 million ComEd customers.
The groundbreaking is taking place on national Lineworker Appreciation Day, when utility lineworkers are recognized for their to service the energy grid and provide reliable energy to residents and businesses.
"Investments in facilities like this one are also investments in our people, the local economy, and the communities we serve," said Terence R. Donnelly, president and COO of ComEd. "Redeveloping Chicago North will support the area's growth and support jobs and spending here and in other communities. This facility presents an exceptional opportunity for us to enhance the already strong relationships we have with Avondale and its surrounding neighborhoods."
ComEd has selected Scale Construction, a local Women and Minority Business Enterprise-certified business, as the general contractor for the project. ComEd has committed to relying on more than 50 percent woman- or minority-owned businesses as contractors for the project.
"Local businesses owned and led by people of color, women, and veterans are the lifeblood of our communities," Donnelly said. "We will continue to increase our partnership with them and include more diverse voices as we grow in the neighborhoods we serve."
The new building will include a 10,000-square-foot area dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for community use. People who live in the community, educators, school groups, and community organizations will use the learning center as a resource for energy education through an immersive, hands-on experience and interactive displays. The center will empower visitors to take greater control of their energy use in their homes, offices, and neighborhoods, and to save money through simple actions and smart technologies.
The 104,000-square-foot facility will harness clean, renewable energy through a solar panel array. To minimize the building's environmental impact, ComEd will construct it using energy efficient products and methods and pursue LEED Platinum certification.
ComEd expects to complete the new Chicago North facility by 2019.