South Chicago YMCA


South Chicago was built circa 1925 as a YMCA facility, and in 1979 it was extended with additional residential units; in total there are 101-residential units. The building poised performance issues for the owner. The building had been modified many times since original construction making it difficult for building operations, as mechanical systems overlap between different spaces. The building has a very high energy consumption and needs upgraded HVAC that dedicated for space by use types. Like the HVAC, the interior compartmentalization required careful consideration to ensure appropriate and effective space separation. BEC assessed the existing conditions and performance issues for the enclosure, compartmentalization, and mechanical systems prior to design and renovation. BEC developed and provided recommendations for the design and renovation team to improve the building and tackle the performance concerns. BEC is the Commissioning Agent (CxA) for the upgrade project from design through construction.