Gill Park Tower Renovation
Nominated for a AIA Small
Projects Award 2016
We are proud to say that our 1st Presbyterian Church has been nominated for a small projects award along with Weese Langly Weese. The First Renewal project at The First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville is the renovation of their 1929 Social Hall building, 1960 Education wing, and 1986 Sanctuary.
In the Sanctuary the chancel was extended and pews were rehabilitated and re-installed in a new plan to encourage a sense of community and participation. New window openings bring natural light to the formerly windowless Sanctuary with new stained glass in the colors of the liturgical year. New custom pulpit, font and communion table furniture create a balanced focus on the three major liturgical elements. Circulation patterns throughout the complex were improved. Handicap access was added to the 1929 chapel and Social Hall, and new direct connections were created between the major elements of the church complex.
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1st Presbyterian Church
Gill park is a multi-phase renovation projects which is ongoing since January of 2016. This project includes remodeling of all 260 apartments in the 27-story residential tower and the replacement of the buildings water lines, waste lines, electrical switchgear, bus duct and distribution. In addition, all apartments were wired with new satellite and internet connections.
Abe Kreml, the Senior Project Manager for this project answered a few questions regarding this project. "One of the challenges we faced was working while the building is occupied and transitioning people out of the old units and into the new units. Acute scheduling, close communication with ownership and management has made this a seamless transition as we close-out and occupy the 18th floor to the building and move down to the lobby."
Due to safety being our first priority, a lift was installed on the south side of the building. Since the building was constructed without a freight elevator, only three public elevators were available for the tenants and construction; we needed a solution. The work is phased starting from the top floor (27th floor) down to the lobby, three floors constitute one phase of the schedule. Abe points out “It’s been a tricky process but with the right team anything is possible.”