The overcast skies and falling temperatures didn‚Äôt dampen my spirits as I maneuvered through Chicago‚Äôs downtown traffic towards 181 W. Madison. I had spoken to Chief Engineer, Jerry Palmere at the CEAC‚Äôs Oktoberfest event and he agreed to share with readers the details of a retro-commissioning program that MB Real Estate had implemented. Jerry has been the Chief at MB Real Estate‚Äôs headquarters on west Madison since its completion in 1990. In fact, Jerry informed me that the Chief Engineer did a feature on the building when it opened, highlighting it as ‚Äúthe most energy efficient building of all of MB Real Estate‚Äôs properties.‚ÄĚ
It had been a while since the last time I was driving around downtown Chicago, and my search to find the building loading dock reminded me of my college days delivering pizzas in the late ‚Äė90‚Äôs – especially the memories of trying to find a spot to park that won‚Äôt get your car towed to a pound. There‚Äôs always something about navigating the back alleys and hidden entrances of the city that remind me of why I love Chicago.
I spun my car under the Wells El line and into an alley. Luck was on my side because I immediately spotted an empty space that kept my car away from the path of delivery trucks. As soon as I exited, a beefy security guard was rightfully greeting me and asking whom I was there to see. I told him that I was there to meet with the Chief Engineer and that I had been instructed to park near the dock. After a muffled conversation on his radio, he turned and with a smile, said ‚ÄúPut you car over there. It‚Äôll be out of the way,‚ÄĚ as he pointed to the spot. A lot has changed since my college days, I thought to myself, as I moved my car.1 2 3 4 next >>