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Arkadia Tower

"I don’t consider LVS as a subcontractor but as a partner; it takes teamwork to succeed in our businesses."

- Rick Jansen
Vice President
Shamrock Electric Co., Inc.

Architectural drawings were spread across the table for the luxury, 34-story high rise while one simple directive was pointedly handed to LVS Project Manager Don Ryan: "Give me everything we need in this building."

The building in question was the Arkadia Tower at 765 W. Adams located in the Greektown neighborhood of Chicago's West Loop. With 350 units and 25,000 feet of street retail space, the design/build project utilized LVS' unique expertise to take projects from conception to completion.

LVS designed each low voltage system for Arkadia (where studio apartments start at about $2,000), identifying the location of devices on detailed CAD drawings produced by on-staff designers. Under Ryan’s supervision, LVS electricians installed a telephone, data and TV distribution system, computers for the leasing office, a high rise fire alarm system, a CCTV surveillance system, an emergency call system (for the garage) and a 30-device resident access control system throughout the futuristic-looking building that includes special access points to a rooftop pool deck, workout room, mini-theater, and lounge. LVS handled city approvals and customer sign-offs.

“In this case, the general contractor and the electrical contractor aren’t working with four or five different subcontractors. They only have ‘one neck to grab’ for anything low voltage,” Ryan points out with a bit of humor, explaining why LVS’ design/build capabilities are beneficial. “There’s no finger pointing. It’s easier for a general contractor and electrical contractor to manage. Both were very happy with the results on the Arkadia building.”

LVS selected technology with compatibility and performance. These included: a Salient Systems network server and Video Management Software, Axis IT Cameras, Keyscan Card Access System with System 7 software solution, a Honeywell/Notifier fire alarm system, and a CommScope solution.

Tenants began moving in to Arkadia Tower February 1. Everyone on the project deemed it a success. Rick Jansen, Vice President of Elk Grove Village-based Shamrock Electric Co., Inc. speaks to LVS’ work on the project, saying, “I was impressed with their dedication and quality of work. I was impressed with the on-site personnel and the professionalism displayed by their entire staff.”

It wasn’t the first time Shamrock worked with LVS. The two companies partnered on Loyola University – Halas Hall, a challenging project that incorporated existing buildings with a new structure that featured office and state-of-the-art training facilities, an Olympic pool, lounges and support room. The Loyola Station project was another shared project. The four-story low-rise project with 42 residential units, and 15,000 square feet of retail space was a design/assist project for LVS. Jansen says he “was impressed with their (LVS’) ability to get drawings out for review and make the project budget. The LVS field crew was outstanding.”

“I don’t consider LVS as a subcontractor but as a partner, it takes team work to succeed in our business,” said Jansen, “Because of the work of everyone at LVS, from field to the front office, I look forward to working with them on future projects and would highly recommend their abilities to other customers.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Design Started - Summer 2013
On the job: - March 2014
Completed: - January 15, 2015
150,000 ft. - Category-6 Cable
50 - Cameras
30 - Card Readers
The Building
34 - Stories
350 - Residential Units
19 - Floor Plans
25,000 ft. - Street Retail
360 - Degree View of Chicago
98 - Transit Score
24-Hour - Concierge