Challenge: Peak was engaged by Black Creek Group, along with Construction Manager Dayton Street Partners, to construct a new speculative distribution facility in the prominent suburban O’Hare market. The urban infill site came with its own unique set challenges, including existing building demolition, poor soil conditions, drainage and utility adjustments and a neighboring fire, along with typical Chicagoland weather repercussions. Peak and the project team mitigated all challenges resulting in a successful project.
Solution: Urban infill sites typically possess additional challenges to their greenfield site counterparts. However, Peak’s expertise of implementing creative solutions to unique challenges with minimal or no impact on project quality, schedule and cost was well-suited for this type of project. At the Bensenville site, caissons were discovered after demolishing the existing building, adding time and scope to the project for their removal; poor soil conditions were remediated by pouring deeper footings to provide a stable base; a newly discovered major drainage ditch running through the middle of the property was redirected off-site; a fire at a neighboring facility caused damage to the newly redirected drainage; and an initially independent public watermain was rerouted with a loop installation benefiting the site and surrounding buildings, as well as enhancing the Village’s system. Additionally, Peak planned ahead to mitigate Chicago’s inclement weather to complete critical work before the season, as well as, mitigate overall winter conditions costs. After conquering the unique challenges of the site during core and shell construction, Peak was also engaged to complete the office tenant improvement portion of the project.