When History Requires Renovation

Carefully considered renovations at Mies van der Rohe’s 330 N. Wabash building, the AMA Plaza, not only upgraded the site for the new millennium, but they ended up having an incredible impact on the building’s rate of occupancy. By Karl J. Paloucek Upgrading a building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places can have […]

Big Renovations at Big John

By John Fanning It is hard to believe that the John Hancock Building — the iconic “Big John” that symbolizes the Chicago skyline more so than any other building in the Loop — has been gracing the Chicago skyline for more than four decade. The building itself, both inside and out, certainly doesn’t reveal its […]

Keeping Corrosion at Bay

By Karl J. Paloucek The importance of removing all salts from your assets’ metallic surfaces prior to coating can’t be overestimated. It’s one of the most common compounds found on our planet, and it’s a crucial part of the equation for corrosion. Salt has tremendous power and can be incredibly useful, but when you’re applying […]

Focus On Cost Reduction

By Karl J. Paloucek Focus on Cost Reduction Hayes Mechanical’s Ryan Smith discusses the full-service mechanical contracting business’s push to help property managers and owners to maximize cost-reductions from state-encouraged incentives.   The virtue and constant challenge for chief engineers to minimize operating costs got a boost in 2007 with the passage of an Illinois […]

Coping With Nature’s Nuisances

Nature’s pests can affect any building and HVAC system. Some can be extremely tricky to detect and to deal with — and that’s when Susan Hagberg’s twin businesses, Canine Detection & Inspection Services and Wild Goose Chase, are at their best. By Karl J. Paloucek nefficiencies that impede optimal management of any building are nearly […]