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Chicago’s Lighthouse

With a nighttime skyline so bright it is observable from space, more than a few visitors and many residents of Chicago have asked when it was that the lighthouse at the city’s downtown Chicago River was actually needed to guide vessels to the city? The answer is of course, years and years ago. While Chicago [...]

Tribune Tower Saves With Equipment Upgrade

When Mike Riley, the Facility Manager at Chicago’s Tribune Tower invited Kroeschell Engineering, Inc. to bid on replacing the landmark facilities, steam boilers, it was pretty clear from the beginning that this would be anything but a normal project. To begin with, the existing boilers, installed in 1966, would have to come from an equipment [...]

Able Engineering Services

With more facilities opting to contract with professional property operations companies, we at the Chief Engineer thought it was time to report on just what makes such a decision a smart one for building owners and just what facility managers can expect from contracting with one of these O&M companies. We begin our report of [...]

Dominican University Upgrades and Saves With Nicor Rebate

The Chief Engineer visited with Matt Brickey of Metropolitan Industries at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois to learn about the work his company had performed there and how the university saved a lot of money through the Nicor Gas Company’s Rebate Program. The Program The Nicor Business Custom Incentive Program was established to help [...]

Historic Hotels Restored, Others Linger

By Fernando Del Valle When Patti Dittburner thinks about the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in San Benito, Texas, she envisions a project to revive that city’s decaying landmark to the glamour of its glory days more than 50 years ago. “The light bulb blinks when I think about the Stonewall Jackson,” she said. Then she remembers [...]