Special groundbreaking ceremony at the BIT's latest joint venture project along the Chicago River - Wolf Point East.


Chicago, IL (June 14, 2018)- The AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (“ITC”) launched its celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the BIT by hosting a special groundbreaking ceremony at the BIT’s latest joint venture project along the Chicago River, Wolf Point East. Participants of the June 14 event groundbreaking event included: Ralph Affrunti, president of the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council; Robert Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor (“CFL”); and Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. Immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony, the ITC hosted a worker appreciation luncheon for the union craftspeople who have recently taken the project to street level.

Local and state labor leaders gathered to thank the union workers at the site for their skill and dedication.

The ITC invited special guest speakers Eric Dean, General President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers (“Ironworkers”); and Jethro Head, International Vice President of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (“BCTGM”). Chris Kennedy addressed the crowd on behalf of the BIT’s Wolf Point East partners, as well as Alderman Brendan Reilly, who represents Chicago’s 42nd Ward, which includes the area around Wolf Point.

According to building permits issued by the City of Chicago as of June 30, 2018*, the Wolf Point East project has been the largest site of new construction, by estimated total development cost, in the city since the first half of 2015. With an estimated total development cost over $360 million, the luxury residential tower is the second joint venture between the BIT, HINES, and Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises. Walsh Construction is the general contractor on the 60-story east tower, which is also the second phase of the $1 billion Wolf Point master plan that includes a public river-walk at the confluence of the North, South, and Main branches of the Chicago River.

Around 200 union construction workers on the Wolf Point site were treated to a break from the summer sun when work was temporarily brought to a stop. ITC President Stotz opened up the event by thanking the representatives of Segal Marco Advisors and Marquette Associates in attendance for their role in helping the BIT connect with its labor affiliated investors. Then he introduced CFL President Reiter to welcome the crowd to Chicago and acknowledge the labor leaders of Illinois in attendance. Stotz introduced BCTGM Vice President Head by informing the crowd that the BCTGM was the very first union with a pension plan invested in the BIT.

Another native of the city, Ironworkers President Dean used his time at the podium to directly address the two dozen Ironworkers working on the site and their union counterparts in the building trades.

“BIT investment in Chicago, including Wolf Point East and West, are great examples of union investment helping to create union jobs,” Eric Dean told the attendees.

Chris Kennedy opened up his time at the podium by giving a brief history of Wolf Point and its relationship to Chicago. Kennedy said that the land at the center of the construction site has been held by Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises since the 1940’s, and that gave his family a sense of connection with the city.

…We take our role as stewards of this part of Chicago very seriously and have assembled what we view as a very good development team. – Chris Kennedy

“We take our role as stewards of this part of Chicago very seriously and have assembled what we view as a very good development team,” Kennedy said. He then complemented the work of architects Pelli Clarke Pelli and Pappageorge Haymes, as well as Walsh, Hines, and the union labor force working on the east tower.

The final speaker before the delegates ceremonially broke ground was Alderman Reilly.  Reilly thanked the local labor leaders in attendance, and the BIT for demonstrating a continued commitment to building projects in his city, which didn’t just benefit his Ward, but working families from across the region. After the groundbreaking, the construction workers on site were provided lunch by the joint venture group and prepared by Gibsons, a nearby restaurant staffed with union labor.

Other attendees at the event included Gary Perinar, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters; Kevin Connolly of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“IBEW”) Local Union 134; Bart Holzhauser of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130, United Association; Chris Willardsen, President of the National Association of Broadcast Employees – Communications Workers of America Local 41; Brian Wrubel, President & C.E.O. of Marquette Associates; David Wojick of Segal Marco Advisors; and representatives from Pelli Clarke Pelli, Pappageorgehaymes Partners, Citizens Bank, Akerman L.L.P., Ullico, the Bank of Labor, and more.


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