The Park Plaza Senior Living Facility is a home for elderly Jewish Chicagoans, providing caregiving services, drivers, activity coordinators, course instructors, dining, and amenities in an environment supportive of the Jewish faith. To provide top quality care and housing for these seniors, the Board of the Park Plaza 501(c)(3) undertook a capital development plan. Cotter provided project management services including feasibility studies, team assembly, budget development, design management procurement, construction administration, and furniture, finishes and equipment procurement, and installation management. The multiple projects were planned and scheduled to ensure the residents and staff were minimally disturbed while the building remained fully operational and occupied during construction.
The scope of work included a complete gut and renovation all bathrooms in the 200-unit building, and a new addition to reorient the lobby and other public spaces in the building. The new addition includes a synagogue, multipurpose room, gallery, arts and crafts space, physical therapy center, library, visiting doctor office, and expanded administrative offices.
The Cotter team was faced with the significant challenge of remaining fully occupied and operational during construction. To address this, the team undertook a phased approach. Residents whose bathrooms were being renovated were temporarily relocated to vacant rooms in the building and their apartments were sealed using a Visqueen Vapor Barrier to ensure that the rest of the apartment was not damaged by construction debris and dust. Special consideration was paid to the health needs of residents, and schedule requirements, such as sacred days and holidays of the Jewish faith.
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