Archdiocese of Chicago

Facility Assessments Facility Assessments

Facility Assessments - Chicago, IL


Working with a structural engineering consultant, G/BA is performing visual inspections of properties owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago and is authoring reports summarizing the condition of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.


As in many cities, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is assessing its extensive portfolio of real estate, considering many options for the properties it owns. In a multi-year initiative begun in 2016, G/BA is working with structural engineers from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates to assess dozens of properties annually, creating reports designed to help the Archdiocese make intelligent and responsible management decisions.

  • For each parish campus, the entire group of facilities is assessed. Assessments consist of executive-level information pertaining to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems of selected facilities.
  • Walk-through visual inspections are performed, including heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (encompassing both equipment and distribution); electrical systems (including incoming electrical service age, condition, and code compliance as well as general electrical distribution); and plumbing systems (incoming water service, water heating, piping condition, and any known sanitary or storm drainage issues).
  • The structural engineering firm provides information on key issues such as building envelope and life safety.
  • Problematic items identified by the assessing team are reported, along with pricing/cost estimates for remediation. Any apparent hazards are clearly flagged for rapid attention.
  • Final reports include property summaries, basic data about construction dates and building square footage; explanations of why various improvements were prioritized; and recommendations regarding the order in which projects should be addressed over a multi-year period. A graphic “Overall Condition” scale provides a quick ranking from “Poor” to “Good” for each campus as a whole.