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Riley Takes No Prisoners on St. Charles PD Project

Chicagoland’s men and women in blue were all smiles during the St. Charles Police Station’s “Law Enforcement Day,” an open house celebrating the completion of SCPD’s brand new headquarters. The September 6 event welcomed police and local officials from municipalities across the Chicago metro area to tour this exceptional example of cutting-edge police department construction.

The brand new 56,000 square-foot facility accommodates 82 staff members, including 54 sworn officers. The station incorporates modern aesthetics with maximum workflow efficiency, and contains the space and equipment needed for SCPD to serve the community safely, effectively, and with room for future growth.

Riley Construction proudly served as construction manager on this impressive facility and delivered the job both ahead of schedule and below budget.

Riley would like to thank the St. Charles Police Department and City officials, as well as architect FGM, for all their support in keeping this project moving smoothly.

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InSinkErator Corporate HQ wins ENR Midwest’s Best Projects Award of Merit

Riley Construction is excited to announce that the InSinkErator Corporate Headquarters project in Mount Pleasant, WI won the Award of Merit in the Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Category for Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s Top Projects in the Midwest!

You can see the full list of winning projects here.

Congratulations to all who worked on this award-winning project!


Ribbon cutting for Broadview Municipal Center

Riley joined the Village of Broadview for two events celebrating the Village’s new Municipal Center. On Friday 5/24, the Village hosted a VIP event for local officials. Saturday, June 1 was the official ribbon cutting and public Open House. Both events showcased Broadview’s amazing new 911 dispatch center and beautifully renovated police headquarters and village hall.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS and thanks to everyone at Broadview and FGM Architects for allowing Riley to be part of this special project!

Managing Change Orders

A change order in construction is a document used to record an amendment to the original construction contract. They create a record of services either added or removed, along with the cost of those services. Few construction projects go from start to finish without a change. The ability to manage changes in a formal, organized fashion is imperative to successfully control costs within budget, avoid disputes, and keep the project on schedule.

A Construction Manager’s role should first start in the preconstruction phase to reduce the need for change orders during construction. They should:

  • Be involved during the Design Phase – A good Construction Manager will study the design drawings as they are progressing and provide recommendations for better construction means and methods, as well as identify areas of conflict and overlap. All of these, if not addressed, can cause change orders to arise during the construction phase.
  • Create a Scope of Work for each bid package – A defined scope of work summary should be made for each trade contractor bidding the project. By clearly defining each trade’s scope of work, and including that narrative in the specification, the opportunity for unnecessary change orders is reduced or eliminated.

When a change order is needed, the item will first be assigned as a “Potential Change Order (PCO)”. After thorough review and adjusting for any discrepancies, it will then be submitted to the Owner and Architect for review. No work should begin until the Owner provides written authorization for the change order to be implemented.

Having this change order process in place helps manage expectations of everyone involved in the project, making sure everyone is on the same page with how change orders are to be initiated and processed.

Riley has extensive experience drafting and implementing successful change management and change order procedure plans. Working with the design team, we develop and implement a formal change management process for each project that incorporates a thorough tracking system for change orders. Contact us for more information.

Women in Construction

By Heather Vyvyan, Marketing Coordinator

Women are currently underrepresented in the construction industry, even though they make up about half of the total working population. The percentage of women employed in construction has stayed constant since 2002 at only 9%. But there are many jobs for women to claim in the construction industry. Breaking down the stereotype of construction as a male-dominated field, exposing girls to construction careers, and ensuring an inclusive environment are all essential to continued industry growth.

Huge Job Opportunities in Construction

Construction is one of the fastest growing job categories — employment in this sector rose by 13,000 in June and is up 282,000 over June 2017, according to Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. Construction industry trade jobs pay relatively well and do not require a college degree. With the cost of a college education continually increasing, trade jobs are a great alternative. The tight labor market for construction workers will create more opportunities for all workers, including women.

With the unemployment rate at record lows and not enough skilled laborers to fill open positions, the construction industry is trying hard to recruit the next generation of tradesmen and women. The goal is to expose children to potential construction careers early in life. Many companies and organizations are not only attending career fairs at high schools but are also hosting events at elementary schools. The future of the construction industry is dependent on increasing the number of qualified workers, especially women entering the industry, both in management and trades roles.

Recent advances in construction technology have also led to more STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs for women in construction, including civil engineering, mechanical engineering and surveying. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that jobs in STEM industries will increase by 17% between 2014 and 2024. This increase will create thousands of new job opportunities for women in construction. Women who enter STEM careers earn an average of 33% more than women in other jobs.

Women continue to break boundaries and challenge misconceptions in the construction workforce. Historically, women primarily worked in office roles in the industry. According to NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction), in 1985, 68% of women in construction served in clerical or other support roles. By 2016, only 45% of women in construction were serving in sales or office positions. Women are gaining representation in a variety of other construction roles, with 21% of women working in the construction trades. Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of females in construction management and other professional roles nearly doubled, rising from 16% to 31%.

Construction is a busy and ever-changing industry. Every project is different and never boring. It’s also a chance to have an impact on the future of your community. A career in construction brings personal pride in what you are building – whether hospital, school, warehouse or municipal building. Young women should research and consider the opportunities of this busy industry. An exciting career awaits! Check out the current opportunities at Riley here.

The ladies of Riley at a recent outing.