The Chicago Fire Department enacted a General Order reaffirming and updating the Department’s policy to ensure compliance with legal requirements governing members’ equal access to adequate private CFD facilities, including restrooms, showers, locker rooms, bunk rooms, and private rooms.

Many of the Department’s buildings were not originally designed or constructed to ensure equal access to adequate private facilities for all members. Accordingly, in order to meet its equal opportunity policy objectives and comply with applicable legal requirements, the Department worked with the City to retrofit many buildings to ensure that all members have access to adequate private facilities.

Wight & Company worked to provide initial facility assessments. As a result of the assessments, the team provided full-service architectural & engineering design & construction administration to nine Chicago fire station facilities - retrofitting the existing facilities to provide equal access to the CFD facilities, incorporating updated restrooms, showers, locker rooms, bunk rooms, and private rooms.

Scope of work includes:

  • Assessment of existing building interior layout and exterior accessibility to ensure the City and State Regulations are met, including structural elements, and building systems pertaining to the area of work.
  • Documentation of existing conditions.
  • Review of Energy Efficiency, and Sustainability options for proposed design solutions.
  • Preparation of design documents for AIS review and approval at multiple phases – 30% Schematic Design, 60% Design Development, and 95%-100% Construction Documents