Inclusive Construction Initiative
The initiative shares the progress the University and UChicago Medicine have made toward ambitious construction diversity goals established in 2017 through regular reports.
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The Woodlawn Residential Commons project, which opened in October 2020, employed a total of 68 workers, including Washington Park resident Michelle King, from the zip codes that represent the University’s nine-neighborhood focus area on the South Side according to contractor data.
Every time Jason Bonaparte drives by UChicago Medicine’s Center for Care and Discovery (CCD), he says, “I look up at that tall, shiny masterpiece and think: There’s my work.”
The people in charge of buying supplies for large institutions can be a tough group to reach, according to Jackie Dyess, owner of Inter-City Supply, a Chatham-based distributor of janitorial and office supplies and a certified minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE).
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The University of Chicago encourages contractors to hire minority and female construction workers, particularly from neighboring zip codes, to work on major University projects.
Photos by Christine Kirzeder