In 2013, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) formed a partnership to oversee the School Investment Program which gave 17 design/build teams to improve and renovate 98 schools in Chicago.

These renovations were long overdue and necessary to improve the quality of education of students by providing them with a better environment to learn. As a result of the partnership with the PBC and CPS, $220 million were invested in CPS and 7,162 people were employed in Chicago. Additionally, 85 CPS students enrolled in the Careers in Technical Education program worked as interns across the city.

Ujamaa Construction was selected as General Contractor to provide general construction services for the Public Building Commission of Chicago’s Dore Early Learning Center Renovations. The Dore Early Learning Center Renovation project consists of renovating approximately 33, 480 SF of an unoccupied elementary school. The project will include the interior renovation of (13) classrooms, new lunchroom, teachers’ lounge, new kitchen, two bathrooms, repurposed administrative offices, gymnasium equipment upgrade, new doors/ frames/hardware, and MEP upgrades. In addition, exterior renovation work will include the installation of new mechanical and electrical devices, subsequent roof repair work and replacement of signage.

By participating in this construction partnership, Ujamaa was able to improve the quality of education of minority students on the South Side of Chicago by renovating their learning environment. Furthermore, Ujamaa invested in the surrounding community by employing people who lived there. This project is exemplary of how Ujamaa’s commitment is not just building structures, but also rebuilding our community by investing in our schools and the people in the surrounding neighborhoods. It is our objective to improve buildings and make lives better.


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