A 1,600-bed facility opened in late 1995, Division XI was designed to provide state-of-the-art housing and security for the most dangerous inmates on the Cook County jail campus. This facility was completed $30 million under budget, largely as a result of the efforts of the program manager in value engineering and closely tracking the project’s progress as compared to the initial plan. A critical element of measuring progress and analyzing any variance was regular monthly reporting. This report format currently serves as the model for other Cook County construction projects.
dsi was responsible for preparation of monthly progress reports for the Cook County projects.
dsi served as a member of the program manager team for the Cook County Division XI Maximum Security Facility and the Boiler Plant Renovation and Rehabilitation & Renovation Program. In order to ensure that the Division XI facility and other rehabilitation and replacement projects on the Cook County jail campus were well-managed and completed on schedule and within budget, Cook County required monthly progress reports from its program manager. These reports, however, were reviewed by the Cook County Board President and members at their regular monthly meetings. As a result, they were developed to be brief and very easily understood, providing reliable information on project status and any potential problems quickly. In addition, they contained a brief analysis of issues, with recommendations or action by Cook County, designed to keep the project moving ahead as planned. Inclusion of this feature allowed the Cook County Board to quickly determine what items required attention or action and assisted them in determining the correct action to take to keep the project on track.