Construction starts on Illinois Industrial Drycleaning building improvements

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Principle Construction Corp. recently started renovations at the Tailored Brands drycleaning and storage facility in Aurora. The facility, which will serve brands such as Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and family retailer K&G Fashion Superstore, should be completed in February 2024.

“Following the pandemic, Tailored Brands has seen a rebound in the formalwear market as weddings, proms and other formal events are back in full force,” said Principle president James A. Brucato, who is the principal on the project. “The Aurora facility will add much needed capacity to support their formal clothing rental business, including infrastructure for dry cleaning, laundry, repair and storage of thousands of tuxedos and other formalwear.

“This is a rather complex build that requires a great deal more power, water, sewer and gas, not to mention literally thousands of feet of process piping.”

The Principle team will add a 13,491-sq. ft. boiler and dry-cleaning room with a dedicated structural pipe support mezzanine, as well as adding a new 4,000-amp electrical service. The Principle team is also installing twenty new 25-ton rooftop air conditioning units for the warehouse and dry-cleaning areas along with 14 interlocking exhaust fans. Two 20-ton RTUs will be installed for the office and breakroom. To accommodate distribution, Principle is also  building 29 docks on the building. An ESFR sprinkler system and ballasted EPDM roof over tapered insulation will also be installed.

Principle’s John Cahill is the project manager and Mark Frane serves as superintendent. Partners in Design is working as project architect. Principle anticipates construction will be completed on the building in February 2024.

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