University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

(Pictured L-R): Bob Clark, chairman & CEO, Clayco Construction, Marco Cappichioni, vice president of facilities, planning, design and construction and Sharon O'Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

A bright and sunny day welcomed guests at the private ribbon cutting and lighting ceremony for the Parking B garage and new University of Chicago Medicine logo that sits atop of the Center for Care and Discovery (CCD) on August 19.

The Parking B garage, which opened in May, added 1,724 parking spaces to the University of Chicago Medicine campus, helping to ease parking pressure for patients and visitors. The opening of Parking B garage increased the total number of available parking spaces on the medical campus to 5,348.

During the ceremony, Sharon O’Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, addressed the audience, remarking that the parking garage is an essential part of the patient experience and complemented the stunning features of the state-of-the-art Center for Care and Discovery. She went on to thank all of the medical center staff and partners who were involved in the project.

Marco Capicchioni, vice president of facilities, planning, design and construction shared statistics on the project’s economic impact on the community. “I am very proud to announce that 46 certified minority and women-owned firms were hired to work on the Parking B Garage and more than $25 million in contracts awarded and paid.”

He also shared that of the 681 construction workers, 308 were minority and female. These workers, through the end of June, earned wages in the amount of $10.5 million.

Daryl Wilkerson, vice president of support services and Jonathan Stegner, vice president of supply chain spoke about their teams’ involvement within the project. Bob Clark, chairman & CEO of Clayco Construction, the lead contractor on the parking garage, also spoke.

Later in the program, Kenneth Polonsky, dean of the biological sciences division and executive vice president of medical affairs, joined O’Keefe in lighting the new University of Chicago Medicine logo.

Installed in May, the giant L.E.D-illuminated logo stands almost 20 feet tall and measures about 174 feet wide.

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