ICI was contracted construct a new 155,000 SF Walmart in Chicago’s Pullman Park neighborhood. The $16.5 million facility is situated on more than 15 acres and is unique in the sense that the City of Chicago outlined specific Minority Business Participation (MBE) goals for the trade contractors working on the project. ICI worked with the Alderman and a community outreach organization to employee community residents on-site. MBE trade contractors fulfilled several major trades. Upon completion, ICI exceeded goals and achieved a total of 47.53% (28.16% African-American and 19.37% Hispanic) MBE participation levels.
When ICI broke ground, the Pullman / Roseland area was described as one of the largest food deserts in Chicago. The Walmart now provides the community with access to fresh produce, bakery, deli and packaged goods and has created new jobs.
The project also incorporated many sustainable features including a green roof system spanning the majority of the building’s massive roof. The project is capable of retaining 2.1 million gallons of water in a single year.
The store was completed in the summer of 2013 and the ribbon cutting was attended by elected officials, former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and many members of the surrounding community.
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