First Ascent

Chicago, IL
Owner’s Representation

Selected by the Ownership team to lead the site selection, due diligence, development, design and construction process of Chicago’s first solely dedicated indoor rock climbing facility in Chicago – First Ascent.

Owners, Jon, Dan, Joe and Dave, selected to support their efforts by driving the process to assist them with site selection, due diligence, pro forma developement and team assembly, for their first location in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago.  The 15,000 sf facility provides both members and daily users with roped and bouldering on varied climbing surface and features reaching over 55 feet in height.  This premier full-service indoor rock climbing facility features a mezzanine for unique viewing, specialty instructional areas, meeting rooms, expansive social space, dedicated exercise areas, and climbing specific training areas.  As Owner’s Representative performed proforma development, site selection support, due diligence, geotechnical investigation consultation, lease agreement consultation, tax incentive/TIF consultation, architect selection, design review, permit and inspection coordination, and contractor selection in support what will be Chicago’s most popular rock climbing gym.