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TDL Center Project Overview

  • ​Cost: $44.8 million 
    • $31.6 million from the State of Illinois
    • $13.2 million from City Colleges of Chicago, part of the system’s $524 million five-year capital plan 
  • Location: Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago IL 60628 
  • Purpose: To prepare students for both further college and careers, and serve as the transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) hub of City Colleges' College to Careers initiative.
  • Size: 103,000 square feet 
  • Features include
    • a high-tech central store warehouse environment that will act as a supply chain hub to efficiently provide office supplies to City Colleges diesel and automotive engine and vehicle laboratorie
    • simulated driving facilities 
    • engine testing cell (with dynamometer) 
    • classrooms 
    • student testing center
  • Design process: City Colleges faculty, staff and students, as well as College to Careers TDL industry partners, helped design the building to support TDL curricular needs
  • Sustainability: the project is pursuing LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Project lead: Illinois Capital Development Board 
Jobs Created and Community Engagement   
  • Total jobs created: 150 
  • Community jobs: 20 prioritized for residents of the community, or 14 percent of the total jobs created through the project. The community area is defined as wards 8 and 10. 
  • Types of jobs: The types of positions expected to be available include: plumbers, electricians, carpenters, pipe fitters, brick masons, painters, ironworkers, operators, roofers, laborers, and sheet metal workers. Free training available: Seats have been reserved for qualified residents without prior training in a special construction training program offered at City Colleges’ Dawson Technical Institute. Ten scholarships were awarded. Others can still apply for the program. A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to take part.  
​Main Contractors       
  • Architect of record: FGM Architects 
    • Background: Oak Brook, IL-based FGM Architects has a strong track record in higher education. The firm, which has an office in the Loop, has completed building projects on the campuses of Northwestern University, Wheaton College, Triton College, Western Illinois University, Valparaiso University and the College of DuPage, among other institutions. 
  • Construction manager: Gilbane Building Company 
    • Gilbane is one of the largest family-owned construction firms in the industry. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, the company was founded in 1873. Its Chicago office opened in 1978. 
    • Higher education construction management clients include: Addison (IL) School District 4, University of Michigan, Elmhurst (IL) Memorial Healthcare. 
  • Demolition: Brandenburg 
    • ​One of the nation’s leading demolition and environmental remediation firms, Chicago-based Brandenburg has completed projects ranging from the demolition of small residential garages to the total decommissioning of an entire industrial facility.