The Final Review

Burnham’s Blog and Knowledge Center

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.

Place and Space: the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Apr 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Chicago Architecture Biennial debuted in 2015 as “The State of the Art of Architecture,” a three-month-long showcase of productions and exhibitions by an international group of architects, designers, and professionals that took place throughout the City of Chicago. 

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Spotlight on Chicago’s New River Point

Dec 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

River Point, the 52-story office space soon to open along the Chicago River, was recently reviewed by Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic.The article highlights some important elements of this exciting addition to the Chicago skyline and riverfront. Burnham is proud to have assisted with all phases of River Point, including helping with the tower’s substructure, the riverside plaza overbuild and the tenant build-outs. We want to call attention to some important observations in Mr. Kamin’s review.

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Helping to Preserve Chicago Architecture: The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Nov 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Chicago’s elegant Kimpton Gray Hotel opened its doors this past August. Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, noted that the new hotel “gracefully restores” the historic New York Life Insurance Building designed by William Le Baron Jenny, “the father of the skyscraper.” We were able to employ our experience working with landmarks and hotel renovations to facilitate the necessary permits and approvals for the 293-room Kimpton Gray Hotel’s historic building.

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Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing: Housing Development Toolkit

Oct 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Last month, the White House released the Housing Development Toolkit (Toolkit), a guide to promoting affordable housing development. The Toolkit’s recommendations are based on different state and local jurisdiction initiatives to remove barriers to affordable housing. Although the regulation of housing development is normally left to states and municipalities, the White House is hoping the Toolkit will help local governments adopt strategies to encourage an increase in affordable housing.

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Troubled Towers: San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is Not Alone

Oct 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Recently, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower has received a fair amount of press. The luxury skyscraper has sunk about 16 inches and is also starting to tilt. Fortunately, problems of this magnitude are rare, but Millennium Tower isn’t the first troubled skyscraper to appear in the news during the last few decades. We thought it would be interesting to recall some other examples of problematic towers from across in the United States.

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