Top Cannabis Construction Expert Robert Spence Joins Cannabis Facility Construction

CHICAGO, IL (AUGUST 25, 2021) – Cannabis Facility Construction (CFC), a national cannabis design-build leader, is pleased to welcome Robert Spence to its growing team. Spence joins CFC from 4Front, a cannabis multi-state operator, where he was Director of Facilities for Mission Dispensaries. As CFC Production Manager, Spence will leverage his 20 years of construction experience and technical cannabis industry knowledge to build best in class cannabis facilities for CFC clients including multi-state operators, independents and start-ups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Robert Spence as Production Manager to the CFC team,” says Andy Poticha, Founder & CEO of Cannabis Facility Construction. “As the cannabis industry becomes increasingly sophisticated, it’s become even more important to have strong project leaders with the industry experience to problem-solve and keep projects on track. Robert has real-world experience delivering all types of cannabis facilities under tight timelines while navigating complex approval processes, exactly what our clients need.”

As Production Manager, Robert will be responsible for leading the construction of cannabis projects from bidding, pre-construction, project launch and close-out of cultivation facilities, processing centers, and retail dispensaries. He will successfully direct project management teams, trade partners and supplier relationships.

Prior to his three years as Director of Facilities for Mission Dispensaries, Spence held several senior level construction positions, including Facility Engineer at the National Gallery of Art. He is a CSI certified Construction Documents Technologist and USGBC LEED AP. His addition follows a number of new hires the company has made recently to round out their growing team, and includes Ian CarrJoe DonnellyTodd GramlyCara Resnick, and JoAnn Sandoval.

Mosaic Construction Completes Renovation of Expansive Workspace on Wacker Drive

CHICAGO, IL (JULY 21, 2020)Mosaic Construction, LLC, a full-service design-build commercial and multifamily renovation firm, is pleased to announce the completion of a new office renovation project for Expansive, formerly Novel Coworking, at 211 W. Wacker Drive. This latest project follows other successful renovations at Expansive River North at 420 West Huron Street and The Loop at 73 West Monroe Street in downtown Chicago. Together, these three projects represent a combined 9,400-square-feet of renovated office space to accommodate the increase of Chicagoans looking for productive workspace as they return to the office.

At Expansive Wacker Drive, Mosaic Construction converted an approximately 3,400-square-foot first floor office into a spec suite with private offices, an open concept office area and a conference room to accommodate a fully-connected, flexible working environment. They eliminated existing walls, opened up the ceiling, renovated the bathrooms, and added new lighting and a full kitchenette.

“Mosaic Construction is proud to contribute to a positive workspace environment for Expansive members,” said Ira Singer, Principal at Mosaic Construction. “We truly appreciate the trust and collaborative relationship we have working with the Expansive team and look forward to delivering more Expansive space to support their business in the shared office sector, both locally and nationally.”

Mosaic Opens New Behavioral Health & Supportive Services Wing for TCA Health

CHICAGO, IL (JUNE 24, 2021) ​– ​Mosaic Construction, LLC​, a ​full-service commercial and multifamily design-build renovation firm, has completed construction and delivered a new Behavioral Health & Supportive Services Wing for TCA Health​, located at 1029 East 130t​h ​Street on Chicago’s far southeast side. The medical clinic’s newly renovated wing provides expanded access to mental health and social services for the local communities it serves.

“The new Behavioral Health & Supportive Services Wing catalyzes TCA Health’s commitment to the health of the community and to the social determinants of health,” said Veronica Clark, CEO of TCA Health. “The new wing will specifically allow TCA Health to expand mental health services and its positive impact on treating the entire body.”

Programming will provide expanded access to counseling, case management, and other evidence-based practices to support recovery-promotion and provide resources related to substance use conditions.

“TCA’s renovated Behavioral Health Wing will be a tremendous asset to our community by providing counseling, substance treatment and critical stress management tools to help patients during these trying times,” said Mayor Thaddeus Jones of Calumet City and State Representative of the 29th District. “This will be a much-needed and expanded addition of integrated primary and behavioral health services for Chicago’s South Side communities.”

The 2,700-square-foot, grant-funded project transformed the patient reception area, waiting rooms, private offices, and counseling area with corridors that connect the East Wing to match an earlier renovation of the other side of the building. Renovation of the East Wing also featured new lighting, flooring, paint, acoustic ceiling tiles, stainless steel corner guards, and other finishes complementing the facility.

“We are proud to partner with TCA Health on their East Wing renovation and contribute to a bright, happy and positive environment for both patients and staff” said Ira Singer, Principal at Mosaic Construction. “This project also represents our continued work in the healthcare sector including medical office renovation services, interior construction of assisted living and independent living facilities, ambulatory care centers and similar spaces.”

“The newly renovated Behavioral Health Wing is so bright and cheerful, and so welcoming to patients,” said Roslyn Johnson, Behavioral Health Manager at TCA Health. “There is such a need in this community, and as society reduces the stigma, more people of color are open to getting help and seeking assistance. It’s important for us to be there for them and now the newly expanded space allows us to see even more patients in a timely fashion.”

Mosaic Construction Launches Renovation of Mandel Group’s Luxury Apartment Building, Beaumont Place

WHITEFISH BAY, WI (APRIL 27, 2020) – Mosaic Construction, LLC, a full-service, design-build, commercial and multifamily general contractor, is pleased to announce the start of construction at the prestigious Beaumont Place luxury apartments at 401 E. Beaumont Avenue in Whitefish Bay, WI. The new renovation project for Mandel Group, Inc. will transform the entrance experience of residents and visitors.

The makeover of the Class-A building’s 400-square-foot first-floor lobby and vestibule encompasses a new glass-enclosed entry and a refreshed lobby with new doors, lighting, relocated mailboxes, flooring, paint and tilework in soft white earth tones that complement the overall floor plan.

“We’re proud to contribute to an enhanced living environment for Beaumont Place residents and guests,” said Ira Singer, Principal at Mosaic Construction and Pleasant Prairie resident leading the firm’s expansion into Wisconsin. “We are proud to bring the Mandel Group’s vision to life and look forward to partnering with them on future projects.”

Beaumont Place offers 83 luxury apartment homes in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitefish Bay, a vibrant community within walking distance to shopping, schools, entertainment venues, Lake Michigan, and more.

“We are firm believers in building community and that starts with finding the right relationship driven partners,” said Thomas Marshall, Project Manager at Mandel Group, Inc. “We look forward to working with the Mosaic team and successfully completing this project for our Beaumont Place residents.”

Mosaic Construction also recently partnered with commercial real estate firm, Founders 3, to reconfigure 9,000 square feet of previously-occupied retail space at 7115 Durand in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin into two distinct spaces that are now ready for leasing.

“We have experience in 12 states nationwide, and now I’m so pleased to direct our national expansion closer to home here in Wisconsin,” observed Singer. “We can now bring our multifamily and commercial renovation expertise to Wisconsin, and we look forward to cultivating relationships and investing in the greater Milwaukee community through both business partnerships and charitable contributions.”

Design Construction Concepts completes Prairie-style oasis for color and design expert

Designers speak a common language of color and space, proportion and balance. When they collaborate and share their unique expertise toward a collective vision, it all comes together into a beautiful, functional design with lasting value.

That was evident throughout our collaboration with Kirsten Gordon, owner of Bloom Magic Weddings, an award-winning floral design shop that is sought after for its stunning creations and personalized approach.

Kirsten chose Design Construction Concepts to help renovate her home’s primary bathroom suite to better reflect the Prairie-style architecture of the house, which was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Rather than gutting the room to merely replace outdated fixtures, Kirsten was looking for a return to form, incorporating the classic Prairie-style principles of open, horizontal space, natural light and purposeful ornamentation.

It was equally important, however, that the new bathroom not become a time capsule of early 20th century American design. It had to reflect Kirsten’s personal style and include the modern conveniences homeowners have come to expect, while also retaining value for decades to come.

As Kirsten is an expert in color and creating sensory experiences, we followed her lead to conceptualize a room that would be beautiful, functional, durable and of lasting quality.

Just as she does with her floral designs, Kirsten created a color palette that would support an atmosphere that is both luxe and natural. Her inspiration included an oil painting of a sunset, a recurring motif in her worldwide travels, from which she extrapolated hues that would create the desired energy and ambiance.

From this master plan, we collaborated on different materials, from lighting to tiles, faucets to overall finishes, to bring the project to life. The vanity and mosaic tile feature wall were selected as the focal point of the room, creating a collage of color and character offset by brushed bronze accents on the medicine cabinets, towel bars, vanity accents and faucets.

Design Construction Concepts reimagined the room’s floor plan to create a more open and functional space, while also providing new storage options. A full-steam shower, freestanding soaking tub and heated floors round out the room, creating a cohesive, relaxing environment that is as functional as it is beautiful.

We not only helped Kirsten bring her vision to life, we did it with the finest, most durable materials, on time and within budget, creating what is now one of the finest rooms in the house.

Our Response to COVID-19

(Updated January 25, 2021)

As we continue our work as an essential industry, we are taking unprecedented precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to support our workers and trade partners who continue to arrive on our job sites and work every day. Our job sites are all continuing to move forward, and work is being conducted with care, with an eye to social distancing on the job site as much as possible, as well as increased sanitation, signage and protective equipment. If you have any questions about our response, please contact us at info@mosaicconstruction.net.

(Updated March 16, 2020)

To our valued clients, friends and family,

We care deeply about the health, safety and business success of everyone in our community, and about the quality and timely delivery of our projects under management. We want to personally provide you updates on the actions we are taking as we strive to deliver the best possible service given the current COVID-19 pandemic and related economic factors.

As this highly dynamic situation evolves, we will continue to monitor and adapt our approach as new information becomes available and will post that information here on this page.

While many of our team members are working remotely to answer any questions you may have, our Project Managers, at this writing, are continuing to work on-site and in our office overseeing current projects.

Please take a moment to review our policy below. Updates will appear above this note as they occur; we invite you to bookmark this page for new updates.

We’re all in this together; thank you for being an important part of our community.

Ira Singer, Mike Frazin & Andy Poticha
Principals
Mosaic Construction
Design Construction Concepts
Cannabis Facility Construction

Coronavirus Workplace Policy (as of 3/16/2020, subject to change)

As our Company continues to monitor the local, national and worldwide incidence of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19, We continue to plan construction activities and if the situation changes it will be addressed on an ongoing basis. Trade Partners are asked to review the following workplace policies and guidance while they continue to work on projects and provide necessary services. It is likely this information will change as the situation evolves and more becomes known. Questions may be directed to the Safety Board, Safety@mosaicconstruction.net.

Mosaic’s priorities in setting these workplace policies are to:

  • Maintain a safe and healthy workplace, including minimizing the transmission of contagious disease;
  • Encourage an ethos of fairness, open communications and concern for the wellbeing of all trades people.
  • Being extra vigilant and careful not to infect the jobsites, if possible.
  • Providing timely communication to keep everyone informed of the latest developments of policy changes.
  • Mosaic’s policy and procedures remain intact and all project operations and construction will be sustained until we hear otherwise from our clients or the government.

Most Important Actions to Take Now

  1. Create Contingency plans to continue jobsite activities by preparing for increased absenteeism by cross training employees to handle other functions, identifying alternative suppliers, and prioritizing activities onsite to keep moving forward to accomplish critical path items.
  2. Provide Mosaic Construction notice of any supplier or man-power issue that will affect the delivery or installation schedules.
  3. All trade partners are urged to take basic preventive measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19.
    1. Simple measures can help lower your risk of becoming infected. We all have a responsibility to prevent the spread of flu, cold, and other illnesses. Dense social and public spaces can present an increased risk of contracting and spreading illnesses, and prevention is centered on good hygiene:
    2. Avoid hand to hand contact with others. NO handshakes.
    3. Provide ALL onsite personnel with alcohol-based hand cleaners (cover all surfaces and rub until dry).
    4. Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
    5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections.
    6. Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
    7. If you are sick, avoid contact with others, including parties, meetings, and events.
    8. Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, cigarettes/vapes/JUULs, lipstick/makeup, etc.
  4. Mosaic affiliates who have recently been in an area of high concern for COVID-19, which is being defined as a CDC Level 3 area, should Inform the Mosaic Safety Board and self-isolate until you receive formal advice from medical professionals.
  5. Prepare to shut down, if necessary, while maintaining jobsite safety and mitigating damage caused by a shut down.

Jobsite Policies

  • Well Employees: Tradesmen who are well are expected at work as usual, even if they have been in contact with or caring for someone who is ill with an ordinary respiratory illness (in which case, typical preventive measures are recommended for them as caregivers). Well employees are expected at work unless they have been:
    • caring for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in which case they are required to self-isolate;
    • in a CDC Level 3 area of concern;
      • Note: If any of these situations apply to you, please confidentially self-report to the Safety Board at Safety@mosaicconstruction.net. The employee should be instructed to refrain from attending work as recommended by medical professionals or the public health board.
  • Sick Employees: Team members who have symptoms of respiratory illness must stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius taken by an oral thermometer. Those with concerns or questions about their illness or seeking advice about whether to come to work are invited to email the Safety Board at Safety@mosaicconstruction.net.

JoAnn Sandoval Joins Mosaic Construction as Director of Accounting

Welcome to our newest team member, JoAnn Sandoval! JoAnn Sandoval, our new Director of Accounting, brings her extensive business knowledge and skills in accounting management to the Mosaic team. Most recently, she worked for a non-profit organization, where she oversaw the financial accounts of thousands of families as well as hundreds of community service groups while making sure that she built and maintained strong relationships with the staff and the community. JoAnn enjoys cooking, gardening, and watching the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks, but above all else, she loves spending time with her family. Welcome, JoAnn!

Cannabis Design and Construction are Team Sports

Basketball, football, cannabis. What do these things have in common? They are all team sports. With the rigorous requirements for dispensary and grow facilities as well as the massive boom in the cannabis industry at the moment, “much like the complexities of operating a cannabis company itself, construction is no simple undertaking. Projects move like freight trains: There are thousands of decisions to make, and once you gain momentum, it’s difficult to stop on a dime.” Cannabis Facility Construction Principal Andy Poticha and Robert Spence of 4Front Ventures/Mission Dispensaries and Mission Calumet City Cannabis Dispensary break down fielding the right team for the job to cover your bases and produce the winning result in this Cannabis Business Executive article.

Pot shops are starting to resemble Apple stores

Our Principal Andy Poticha was featured in an article for Crain’s Chicago Business where he discussed how design in the cannabis dispensaries are becoming more high-concept and starting to resemble Apple stores and how COVID-19 has influenced that design, “You have to think about a separate place to have preorders filled versus having people shop in the store. You might come in one way, go out the other. I’m not sure the size of stores will change much. You’ll need more back of the house than floor space.” Andy said.

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/marijuanacannabis/pot-shops-are-starting-resemble-apple-stores