Leopardo was awarded the $13.5-million contract to demolish the existing Jewel-Osco at 3630 N. Southport Ave. and build a new 84,000-square-foot Jewel-Osco.
The new store will triple the size of the previous location and make use of the entire site with zero lot line construction. Underground parking will allow for 124 spaces with priority spacing reserved for hybrid vehicles.
This will be the second Jewel-Osco building in the country to seek LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with LEED Silver status being the target. A prevegetated modular green roofing system is being installed to reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce noise, conserve water and reduce storm water runoff.
The interior will feature an entry atrium, three-person elevator and a wine cellar on the second floor. The anticipated completion date is August 2010. Leopardo is serving as the general contractor with Camburas & Theodore as the architect.