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.

Re-examining Residential High-Rise Sprinklers: Where Does Chicago Stand?

Aug 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Recent residential high-rise fires are calling attention to sprinkler and other fire safety code requirements in the United States. While the horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London has received a great deal of press, the July Honolulu residential high-rise fire that killed three people is more representative of conditions in many American cities.The 36-floor Marco Polo was built in 1971, predating Honolulu’s 1975 law requiring sprinkler systems. An automatic sprinkler system would have expedited fire extinguishment and prevented the deaths.

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Resilience Strategies in Chicago and Beyond: CMAP’s Comprehensive Plan

Aug 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Chicago and other cities across the globe are undertaking resilience planning to respond to climate change and other stresses on our communities. In 2016, Chicago’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Aaron Koch, was appointed. The CRO’s office is currently working on Chicago’s Resilience Strategy, projected to be released in the fall of 2017. However, important resilience planning affecting Chicago is also being conducted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as part of their comprehensive plan. It is important to be aware of CMAP’s planning process and resilience recommendations because they will shape future decisions about building design, land use, and infrastructure.

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Renovation Expands and Restores the Theater on the Lake

Jul 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Chicago’s Theater on the Lake hosts a full summer theater schedule in its unique lakeside location at the intersection of the Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Though it’s most recently the home of the Chicago Park District’s off-Loop theater festival, the Prairie-style building has seen a host of different uses, and it will see yet another after a series of improvements. The Theater on the Lake’s renovation improves the accessibility of the space, adds new amenities, and converts the unique structure into a year-round venue on Lake Michigan.

image via Kaufman | O'Neil Architecture

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Vista Tower Cleared to Rise to Supertall Status

Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Chicago’s third tallest building, Vista Tower, obtained the permit for the entirety of the build-out process for floors one through 95 last month. Though construction on the tower - also known as Wanda Vista - began last September, issuance of this permit on May 12th, 2017 cleared the remainder of the building for construction at 363 E. Wacker Drive up to its ultimate height of 1,186 feet. Burnham Nationwide is proud to assist with the permit expediting process and contribute to constructing Chicago’s newest supertall along the Chicago River. 

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Accessible Design: Chicago Adopts New Disability Rights Regulations

Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

New Chicago Human Rights Ordinance disability rights regulations governing accessibility will go into effect on July 1, 2017. Promulgated to provide greater clarity and alignment with federal requirements, these new regulations govern the accessibility of facilities, goods, and services of public accommodations. This post will specifically focus on the components of the new regulations governing accessible design.

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