Winter Holidays invoke images of families celebrating, sharing gifts and enjoying time together. In the construction industry, however, the Holidays can mean something all together different. With their clients' employees cleared out of offices on vacation, a construction contractor can complete major renovations without disturbing a business' productivity. Cicero's Development Corp., a general contractor specializing in commercial property renovation, demonstrated this recently at Clutch Studios with outstanding results.
Located in Chicago, Clutch Studios creates, produces and distributes brand marketing content for clients that range from Walt Disney to Harley-Davidson. With creativity at its core, Clutch Studio envisioned an open, uncluttered office space that fostered fresh thinking and collaboration. Notable design considerations included the removal of existing wall partitions, doors and hardware that served to separate employees from one another. Large expanses of new flooring would emphasis the openness, and walls, kissed by splashes of color, would showcase inspirational blowups of the studio's best work. On a more practical level, Clutch Studios also required additional workspaces to be installed, along with electrical wiring and data lines as it scaled to meet the demands of a growing client list.
The catch was Clutch Studios needed its 4,000 square foot office renovation completed on an especially tight deadline: a two week span in late December when employees where enjoying a much deserved vacation. Cicero's Development Corp. stepped up with a day-by-day construction plan to keep the project on schedule and within budget, aiming to have Clutch Studios open for business on January 2, 2018 in its fresh new space.
Sam Cicero, Jr., president of Cicero's Development Corp., explains his company's process: "Commercial renovation can be a challenging experience for contractors during the holidays. Our 50 years of experience has given the Cicero's team a clear understanding of the logistics of scheduling material deliveries, third party vendors, and employees to get the work done on-time so it doesn’t drag on longer than necessary. Some vendors and suppliers are closed during this time of the year, so if anything's missed or needed, there can be delays."
As for the upside, Cicero is quick to point of the advantages of doing renovation work in an unoccupied space: "Our client's offices being closed ensures that its employees will not be inconvenienced or put in harm's way. Also, it allows for a far broader scope with more work done in less time. For example, we can perform a total re-branding of the hotel or a major build out of new meeting rooms, a restaurant or a warehouse, because time sequencing is more flexible during holidays to schedule activities."
The Clutch Studios project began December 18 and was wrapped up on January 5 when a final walk-through was performed. The layout is now an uncluttered space that clears employee's minds so they can work on creating big ideas for their Fortune 500 clients.
As with every project, Cicero's team ran into obstacles to overcome. For one, during the first week of demolition the team could only perform work from 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM. Next, the building lacked the necessary parking for the delivery of materials. Thankfully, a nearby elevator and dumpster made loading and unloading trouble-free. Finally, because of a strong year-end workload, a scattering of Clutch Studios employees were called in over the Holidays to finish up creative projects. As a result, safety precautions needed to be quickly put into place to protect the workers.
Additional photos of the project will be posted when they become available.