The Clare is a 32-story, luxury high-rise senior independent living community situated in the heart of downtown Chicago. Novak has served as General contractor for multiple remodel projects- all completed in occupied spaces with minimal disruptions to residents and staff.
A remodel of the ground floor lobby included the installation of a new revolving entry door and fire alarm panel, marble flooring, decorative glass paneling and millwork. Novak also completed the conversion of existing assisted living units into memory care units. Novak remodeled the 9th floor Bistro Cafe- complete with a build-out of the existing curtain wall, new MEP systems, food and service equipment and custom-made tile flooring. A remodel of the 19th and 53rd floor multipurpose rooms included new food service stations and audio-visual equipment. Other projects included the addition of new Skilled Nursing Care Units on the 10th & 12th floors, a remodel to the 17th floor Art Studio and Garafton Dining hall, the 21st floor Discovery Center as well as the Abbey on 53, a new upscale community dining room located on the 53rd floor overlooking the Chicago skyline.
Future work at The Clare includes a remodel to the 17th floor Ambassador Lounge scheduled for completion over a 2-month timeline.
If Novak’s vision is to exhibit professionalism, knowledge and organization, then they have achieved that. From the start, the scope of work was handled in a timely and efficient manner, and the project management team represented that very well. The due diligence is outstanding and everything from the RFIs, RFPs, change orders and directions to the other players – all handled superbly. Our project, and construction in general, could be perceived as hectic, but Novak is flexible and able to work with all the different disciplines and players (consultants, architects). From estimating through to completion – the forecasting and value-added measures provided us with results that exceeded our expectations. They are a good fit for us.
– Frank Buchberger, Director of Plant Operations, The Clare