University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Construction Compliance Initiative recently received honors from two Illinois-based construction industry organizations: the Taylor Cotton, Jr. Humanitarian of the Year Award from the African American Contractors Association (AACA); and the Voluntary MBE/WBE Program of the Year from the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA).

“We are pleased to be recognized for a program that directly impacts the overall health and well-being of the communities that we serve,” stated Joan Archie, UChicago Medicine’s Executive Director of Construction Compliance. “These highly skilled firms bring great value to the Medical Center’s projects, and we are committed to their continued growth and development.”

For more than 15 years, UChicago Medicine has successfully implemented the Construction Compliance Initiative, a program that provides job opportunities in construction for minorities and women and invites minority and women-owned businesses to participate in its construction projects.  Since the program’s inception, minority- and women-owned businesses have received more than $437 million in awarded and paid contracts. Minority and women trade workers have been paid more than $88 million.

These awards come on the heels of the recent announcement by the University of Chicago and the Medical Center that they will  expand the goals of the construction diversity program.

The University is increasing its goal for the participation of certified minority-owned contracting firms to 35  percent from 25 percent, in line with the Medical Center’s goal. The University and the Medical Center are increasing the goal for certified women-owned firms to 6 percent from 5 percent and raising the Chicago residency goal for on-site construction workers to 40 percent.

Read more the about the expansion of construction diversity program.  

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