ReTown President and Manging Director Jim Louthen and his crews were hired in 2009 by Harper Square to manage and install the $3 million rehabilitation of this historic high-rise 600-unit housing cooperative in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood overlooking Lake Michigan. The project was funded through HUD and was anticipated to take two years. We were able to complete the project in 14 months and on budget. Management responsibilities included scheduling, material ordering and delivery, quality control procedures, all of which overcame many on-site obstacles. The units were occupied and required advance notices and extensive communication and coordination. The building plumbing system and elevators were outdated yet we were able to install 600 kitchens and over 3300 shut-off valves to the satisfaction of resident. The project included day-to-day coordination with the Harper Square engineers, office, and Board of Directors, mobilization of installation crews, and management of payroll and all human resources.