16 May 2018

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago is a charity event that is held each year in hopes of giving the Chicago community safe and healthy homes. With tens of thousands of volunteers, the organization has provided assistance to 1,600 homes and 250 community facilities since 1998. Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago believes in a safe and healthy home for everyone, and is dedicated to improving the homes and communities of residents in need so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization dedicated to providing critical home repairs, modifications and improvements. Collectively, Rebuilding Together affiliates has completed work on more than 100,000 homes and engaged 3.4 million volunteers to deliver $1.3 billion in market value since its founding in 1988. 

(via http://www.rebuildingtogether-chi.com/)

Phil Ross (Shamrock Electric), Kevin Shaughnessy (Bonus Electric), Samantha Lovato (Shamrock Electric), Bob Prim (Shamrock Electric), Robert Benline (Low Voltage Solutions)

 

One of our own, Robert Benline, had the pleasure of volunteering along side Shamrock Electric and Bonus Electric on this year’s event. This year, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago had over 200 IBEW Local 134 volunteers. They were able to work on over 50 homes between the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago and Bellwood, a western suburb. This charitable event is one of many that Local 134 participates in throughout the year.  Throughout the day, safety is the main concern on each volunteer’s mind. Many of the homes involved needed GFCI receptacles installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They were also able to remove old wiring when needed.

“It’s a great feeling when a homeowner smiles and tells you what a great job you did. That a light fixture, ceiling fan or switch that hasn’t worked in 10 or 15 years is now working and they are ecstatic!” – Robert Benline

Low Voltage Solutions is proud to have one of our team members involved with such an amazing cause. We’d like to thank Rob, Shamrock Electric, Bonus Electric, and many of our signatory contractors who donated materials! A big thank you to Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for all the incredible work they have done in the last 20 years for our community. It is such an amazing way to give back to the community and use your trades to help others in need.

If you are interested in getting involved with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, head on over to their website for more information! 

 

 

07 May 2018

Redevelopment of Atrium Village Apartments

The tower broke ground on the southwest corner of Division and Wells streets in 2016. The 32-story project is the first of three towers planned in the redevelopment of Chicago’s 1970’s Atrium Village mixed-income housing complex. The complex in Old Town’s neighborhood has a residency of 405 rental apartments and a retail space big enough for a grocery store. The building’s parking structure has 342 spaces reserved for residential and an additional 74 spaces for retail customers.  

We are working with Shamrock Electric as their low voltage subcontractor for this residential high-rise project. Low Voltage Solutions is contracted to install various information technology systems – including fire alarm system, structured cabling, WiFi, and area of rescue system.

Over the course of the last year, Low Voltage Solutions has been installing all of the Cat 6, RG6 coax cable for the apartment units – installing fiber optic cable from the riser closets to the MDU within the unit. This will provide each of the units to have exceptionally fast network performance and gigabit speeds. It also ensures that all the information technology systems in the building are provided with uninterrupted connectivity and communication. Low Voltage Solutions is responsible for the installation of the building’s WiFi network as well. The number of devices connecting to WiFi is continuously increasing over time. It is crucial for residential buildings to have strong network connectivity in order to stay competitive in the Chicago market.

 

          Low Voltage Solutions is also installing the Cornell area of rescue system, which includes a call station in every stairwell, a total of 4 stairwells. These systems alert first respondents when an resident or guest is in distress. It also allows two-way communication for the respondent to take action accordingly. We also installed an emergency call phone in the pool area to ensure communication in an emergency situation.  

Low Voltage Solutions is proud of the work put into Atrium Village and are looking forward to seeing the redevelopment’s success! We have recently be awarded the Phase 2 project of the redevelopment. Along with Shamrock Electric, we will take on the next 40-story building in the complex.

As the Chicago market continues to flourish, we are excited for future opportunities to help it grow. Let us know how we can help you and your information technology systems!