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.

Commonly Overlooked ADA Bathroom Requirements

Nov 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

It is essential to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) toilet and bathing room requirements. Non-compliance with the ADA’s requirements may prevent bathroom use by people with disabilities or cause injuries. Additionally, owners of properties who do not comply with the ADA’s bathroom requirements may invite compliance actions and lawsuits.

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Nationwide Experience Drives Solutions During Pep Boys Multi-Site Expansion

Nov 13, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Burnham Nationwide’s multi-site expansion division manages projects across the country, and the team has been involved in a large-scale rollout for Pep Boys automotive services and retailing since early 2017. After acquiring retail chain Just Brakes, Pep Boys stores began an expansion across the U.S. into new markets via remodels of former Just Brakes locations. 

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Last Call for Construction: 2017 Holiday Construction Moratoriums

Nov 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

A common practice across the country, holiday construction moratoriums limit construction activity, building permit issuances, or street closures during certain dates and times through November and December. Each municipality has its own dates, types of work prohibited, and exception policies. Below, we’ve collected information from our office locations with active construction moratoriums this winter so that your team can be prepared for any schedule changes.

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Chicago Energy Benchmarking: New Disclosure Requirements

Oct 31, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Mayor Emanuel recently proposed amendments (Amendments) to Chicago’s energy benchmarking requirements, the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance of the City of Chicago (Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance). These draft changes were introduced in Chicago City Council on October 11, 2017. The Chicago City Council’s Committee on Zoning, Landmark, & Building Standards approved the amendments on November 14, 2017, for full City Council review. The Amendments would add a new rating system, disclosure requirements, and water use reporting to the ordinance that was originally passed in September 2013 and applies to commercial, municipal, and residential buildings that are 50,000 square feet or more. Currently, the Amendments to the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance are before the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards.

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BOMA/Chicago Economic Trends Report: Chicago a Magnet for Relocation

Oct 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The City of Chicago’s downtown core and nearby neighborhoods are growing, and BOMA/Chicago and JLL Chicago Research’s 2017 Economic Impact Study (the Study) details the present and future impact of the trend on the city’s office and commercial buildings. Also undertaken in 2006 and 2012, the Study is a comprehensive look at the City of Chicago’s commercial growth and forecasts the needs and expectations of future tenants.

BOMA/Chicago’s excellent panel on the report illuminated the Study’s findings and provided insight on current trends in office leasing, job growth, and construction. BOMA/Chicago building membership is composed of 165.8 million square feet of space across 235 buildings and forms 98 percent of all Class A office buildings and 80 percent of all rentable office space.
image credit: Tim Trad

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