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February 2023


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Gold Coast Homeowner's Association

Chicago, IL

Elevator Modernization

G3 Construction Group was engaged by this Gold Coast Homeowner's Association to manage the modernization of six traction elevators. The property is split into two towers that house three elevator cabs in each tower, two passenger cabs and one service cab. All six elevator cabs are original to the building, which was built in the late 1960s. Due to regular maintenance issues over the last year, it was apparent that all six elevator cabs needed a full modernization.


During the Feasibility phase, G3 engaged with an elevator consulting firm, to survey the six traction elevators. The purpose of the survey was to identify the primary equipment, evaluate the vertical transportation based on applicable industry and code standards in order to provide modernization and upgrade recommendations. This survey was also utilized to provide a recommended scope of work directly related to the elevator and building related work to be completed in conjunction with an elevator modernization.


G3 recommended testing of the current gearless passenger machines. This testing allowed G3 to identify a value engineering option that was incorporated with the initial technical specifications to reduce overall project cost. Testing these machines allowed G3 to determine that the gearless machines can be refurbished, rather than replaced with a new gearless machine. The OTIS gearless machines that were built in the late 1960s were designed to be capable of lasting over 100 years. The refurbishment will last far longer than a new replacement machine that will have a shorter useful life expectancy.


The second phase of this project is considered the Pre-Construction Phase. This phase included the development of the technical specifications that were required to bid out the project in its entirety. A complete set of technical specifications was produced that G3 used to develop a Request for Proposal in each required trade. After multiple rounds of scope reviews, G3 recommended an Elevator Contractor who not only provided the most cost-effective proposal, but also the most comprehensive package.

During the Construction Phase, G3 provided a part time, on-site superintendent, who oversaw the day-to-day aspects of the project including all logistics of the different trades. The on-site superintendent provided daily reports of who was onsite and what work was completed each day. A Project Manager assigned to the project oversaw the finances and ensured all communication between staff, contractors, and consultants was constant and streamlined. Change orders were reviewed directly by the Project Manager to ensure that only change orders that are qualified as “unforeseen” or due to design changes at the request of the Board were considered and not missed scope on the contractor’s part. This is also established during scope reviews of each contractor.

The elevator modernization scope of work included the following upgrades to the passenger cabs:

  • Recondition the hoisting machines
  • Install new drives, controllers, guides, traveling cables, entrance locks, door operators, safe-edges, car enclosures, operating station, corridor push buttons, direction lanterns, and emergency lighting
  • Entrance frames retained with new rollers installed and reconditioning of the tracks
  • New cab interiors installed
  • Fully enclose the machine rooms in the penthouse per current code
  • New lighting installed in the machine rooms in the penthouse
  • Two air conditioning split systems installed, one in each machine room
  • Corridor call buttons lowered per code which involved cutting in new back boxes in each of the elevator landings
  • Fire/smoke detectors installed in each elevator landing and integrated into a fire alarm recall system and a new fire status panel
  • New lights installed in the elevator pits along with convenience service power outlets.

Emergency Response and Incident Command (ERIC) Program

With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your property enrolled in our Emergency Response Incident Command (ERIC) Program. With the milder temperatures, weather disasters can strike at any time. It costs nothing to join! This program provides your property with a one-call system, available 24/7, to ensure the rapid response and restoration services your building may need.

Contact us today to enroll your property in this beneficial program! For 24/7 support, call 844-ERIC-USA.

To learn more visit the ERIC webpage.

Smart Construction Platform

The G3 Construction Group (G3) is a professional Design/Build – Construction Management firm that delivers a well proven and utilized “Smart Construction Platform” that expertly constructs Capital Projects of all types from concept through completion in the smartest and most time and cost-efficient manner.

Through many years of experience in successfully constructing all types of capital projects, G3 Construction Group understands that a client's time is very important, valuable, and is to be utilized wisely. The G3 - Smart Construction Platform effectively provides clients with the key project information that’s required to support the well informed decision-making process and furthermore, the project’s success. This six-phased approach ensures that each project is delivered in the most comprehensive, time and cost-efficient manner. 

To learn more about our Smart Construction Platform, or to talk to us about an upcoming project, contact us today!

Around Town

G3 Presents Lunch and Learn for Hines Property Management

G3 had the pleasure of having a lunch and learn with the wonderful Hines Property Management team! We had the opportunity to present G3 Construction Group, Inc. and Hygieneering, Inc.’s services. Aside from the informative presentation and great company, the views were spectacular! What a beautiful way to spend a Thursday. Thank you Michelle and Hines team!

Interested in having G3 come to your office with lunch and to teach your managers about the Construction Management services we offer? Let us know! Contact Kristy Dalby at kristyd@g3email.com.

Industry News

UChicago Medicine updates plan to build $815 million cancer hospital

The University of Chicago Medicine has updated its original proposal to build the city’s first freestanding cancer hospital with an enhanced design incorporating feedback from patients and residents of the South Side. The new cost and size of the project is $815 million for a 575,000-sq. ft. facility, with the ability for future expansion.

Read the full article here.

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