The Final Review

Burnham’s Blog

The Final Review shares the knowledge of Burnham’s experts in building permit expediting and code compliance. Learn about different jurisdictional building permit requirements, and stay up-to-date on the Americans with Disabilities Act and local accessibility standards. Follow the latest in sustainability, including building energy codes and sustainability design developments.

A Guide to Chicago's Parking Regulations

Aug 8, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Parking signs are scattered throughout Chicago, each one making city dwellers hesitate determining what their next move should be. The more congested the neighborhood, the more loading and standing zone signs appear. What differentiates a loading zone from a standing zone? As an applicant, which one works best for them? If needed, how does one apply for a zoning sign permit? Follow along as we review the process to obtaining a parking zone sign. 


Burnham's Christopher Chwedyk Contributes to New AIA Guidelines for Healthier, Resilient Building Codes

Aug 6, 2019 10:20:38 AM

Before an individual can legally be called an architect, they must be licensed to practice the profession. Once they do, they may certify to their clients and community that the designs, drawings and specifications they produce will protect the health, safety, and welfare (HSW) of those who live and work in the built environment. Building officials using legislative regulation commonly referred to as building codes address routine safety issues architects follow to safeguard building occupants from hazards such as fire and collapse, while providing minimum standards for adequate ventilation and thermal comfort. This relationship between the architect, building codes and standards, enforcement, and building performance outcomes has not significantly changed in more than 100 years.


How the Modernized CBC Will Drive Your Projects

Jul 31, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The intent of the Modernization Chicago Building Code has always been to be as a hybrid-removing outdated provisions, interjecting International Building Code standards where relevant while still maintaining some of the current requirements that were deemed important for our City to maintain.


Dissecting the Modernized Chicago Building Code: Chapter 2

Jul 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Phase two of Modernizing the Chicago Building Code is in full force. We previously shared information on the new Chicago Administrative Provisions that was implemented on July 1st. The next step in the process includes publishing the new Chicago Building Code. The new CBC will publish in October 2019. It’s key to note that each Code will be published separately. Until the codes are published, we are referencing the ordinance that passed in April 2019. To follow along, you can download the ordinance here.


Dissecting the Modernized Chicago Building Code: Administrative Provision

Jul 1, 2019 9:58:21 AM

When the City of Chicago proposed to update their building code; the was goal to better align the construction requirements with up-to-date model codes and standards used in other major US jurisdictions, while maintaining long standing  local requirements that are adapted to unique Chicago conditions. This revision has taken 40 years to get to and another 20 years to finally be implemented. 


NYC: New DOB Procedure

Jun 14, 2019 7:30:00 AM

DOB NOW is the New York City's new Department of Building's self-service online tool, created to increase efficiency and expedite the permit process. 


Illinois Legislatures Paving the Future

Jun 10, 2019 8:30:00 AM

June has just begun and Illinois State Legislature is staying productive. Last weekend, Lawmakers wrapped up and approved a variety of bills which included a new infrastructure budget, a Chicago casino, a marijuana bill and more.


Building Safety Month Week Five: Innovations in Building Safety

May 28, 2019 9:10:00 AM

The last week of Building Safety month the ICC highlights the science and technological forces that lead to innovative ways to improve building safety.


Chicago: Good-bye Aldermanic Prerogative

May 23, 2019 9:45:25 AM

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has had a productive first week in office following her inauguration ceremony on May 20, by signing off on her first executive order which plans to eliminate Aldermanic Privilege, or Aldermanic Prerogative. Mayor Lightfoot set the tone after taking the oath of office and proclaiming “I campaigned on change. You voted for change. And I plan to deliver change to our government.”


Building Safety Month Week Four: Partners in Building Safety

May 20, 2019 9:01:00 AM

This week the ICC highlights the importance of building safety by exploring Building Codes.


What’s Wrong with This Picture? ADA Chapter 6 - Plumbing Series

May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has very specific requirements to make restrooms accessible. A variety of factors must be incorporated into the design and construction of toilet rooms so that they are compliant with the ADA. During our accessibility compliance reviews and site inspections, we see some common violations of these standards.


Building Safety Month Week Three: Clean Water for All

May 13, 2019 10:15:00 AM

This week our focus is on securing clean water for all communities.


Building Safety Month Week Two: Training & Education

May 7, 2019 9:15:00 AM

This week we focus on training and safety development as it’s key to creating and maintaining a successfully built environment.


Chicago Self Cert Updates

May 3, 2019 12:03:55 PM

We wanted to keep the self cert architects updated on a couple items of interest.

1. Self-Certification Training Classes will be held the week of December 2nd. Click here for the enrollment application.

2. Self-Certification projects that require Dept. of Buildings pre-approval should be emailed to: in lieu of the previous method of contacting Hal Hutchinson for this approval.

Please let us know if you need any assistance with the application or navigating any of the changes at the Dept. of Buildings. Burnham is here to help! 


Building Safety: Preparing for Disasters

May 2, 2019 9:15:00 AM

This week for Building Safety Month, we will focus on informing communities how to prepare for natural disasters.


Building Safety Month 2019

May 1, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Who Needs Building Codes?


How to Navigate San Francisco's Historic Resource Assessment (HRA)

Apr 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The City of San Francisco is filled with beautiful, historic architecture and they conserve the buildings by categorizing them. In theory, this is a great resolution to organize and preserve buildings, but in reality it causes confusion and gray areas. In January 2019, the City of San Francisco presented the Historic Resource Assessment Program (HRA), a pilot program to provide some clarity for building owners.


Chicago Building Code Modernization; What's Next?

Apr 19, 2019 9:05:00 AM

Phase 2 of the Chicago Building Code (CBC) was approved on April 10, 2019 and the question on everyone’s mind is - what’s next?


Burnham Nationwide Helps Bring More Lou's Deep Dish to the City

Apr 15, 2019 3:45:00 PM

Lou Malnati’s is a Chicagoland staple with 53 locations in the area and come Fall 2019 we’ll see one more located on the north side of the Wrigley Building Complex. The new location will seat 240 people in the dining area and smaller private dining room, with additional space designated  for catering, pick-up and delivery orders.


How to Pop-Up in Chicago

Apr 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM

From make-up companies like Glossier to rapper/fashion designer Kanye West, or local favorites; pop-up shops promote by posting teasers on social media platforms and fulfilling through unique experiences; leaving customers wanting more.