Harold Washington Library Integrated Building Automation System

Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library
Dates: 2011 - 2013
Cost: $8 million

Project Detail

Ranked as the number one library system in the United States and third in the world, the Chicago Public Library is symbolized by its Harold Washington Library.

Opened in 1991, the Harold Washington Library was built as a result of a design-build competition ordered by Mayor Washington in 1987.  Five teams of architects and builders were chosen as finalists in 1988 for this new central library in Chicago’s South Loop.

The library is currently undergoing a renovation of the integrated automation system to provide better technology-based services to its users.  The system architecture is Ethernet-based City of Chicago wide area network (WAN), as well as a City of Chicago provided Local Area Network that support operator work stations, remote panel operator interfaces, smart devices, and remote communication devices strategically located throughout the building.

Project Management

dsi Associates is providing project management oversight.  The general contractor (Kenny Construction), designers (TENG/ESI) and installers (Quantum Crossings) are installing all retrofits, to be conducted during off hours with no interruption of services to the library users.

dsi Associates is responsible for collecting and maintain all documents, including CPM schedules (P6) and monthly updates, weekly meeting minutes, and RFI/Open Issue logs.  dsi assists in maintaining a secure SharePoint site for recording all documents.