ComEd, Community Leaders Celebrate Opening of First-of-its-Kind Energy Education Community Center in Chicago
Powering Lives Community Center in Avondale
invites visitors to experience the future of energy through
ComEd joined members of the community today to celebrate the
grand opening of a first-of-its-kind community center focused on
energy education. The Powering Lives Community Center in Chicago’s
Avondale community is a free and open-to-all facility that gives
visitors a unique look into energy delivery and the grid today and
shows customers ways they can save money and energy.
“The launch of the new Powering Lives Community Center in
Chicago symbolizes our commitment to empowering our customers as we
make the transition to a clean energy future here in Illinois,”
said Gil Quiniones, ComEd CEO. “Here, visitors
and students will receive a close up look at the evolution of the
grid, and the work that’s underway to bring cleaner and more
resilient energy to power the needs of our customers for years to
come. This space was created for the community, by the community,
and we hope that our customers from across the territory will take
advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about the future
The state-of-the-art facility features a new hands-on exhibit,
Our Energy, Our Future, which features technology for delivering
energy to homes and businesses, education on energy efficiency, and
a clean community of the future. In addition, the Powering Lives
Community Center includes a home space that shows the energy
consumption of a traditional Chicago bungalow, three STEM
challenges, seven interactive kiosks and a meeting space for
residents to host community events.
“Congratulations to ComEd on the redevelopment of the Chicago
North headquarters which we are proud to have in the 40th district.
The community resource center will be a valuable addition to our
community that will enrich the lives of residents and all
Chicagoans,” said Jaime M. Andrade Jr., Illinois State
The community center demonstrates ComEd’s commitment to
diversity, inclusion and equity across its organization and within
the Chicago communities it serves. The center is fully
ADA-compliant, with exhibits available in both English and Spanish.
Schools interested in booking fieldtrips for students grade 6-12
can visit ComEd.com/EducationCenters.
The community center is part of the newly constructed
104,000-square-foot ComEd Chicago North headquarters, an office for
600 ComEd workers who help ensure the delivery of safe and reliable
energy for more than 1 million ComEd customers. The headquarters
also includes a 65,000 square foot warehouse that is ComEd’s
largest material storage facility.
ComEd started construction of Chicago North in 2018 to replace
its previous 100-year-old building. The headquarters was
constructed using energy efficient products and is LEED Platinum
certified. A local Women and Minority Business Enterprise-certified
business, Scale Construction, served as the general contractor for
the project, and ComEd relied on woman- or minority-owned
contractors for more than 50 percent of the project.
To showcase the history and culture of the 20 neighborhoods
surrounding Chicago North, ComEd worked with 20 local non-profit
organizations to curate artwork that represents these vibrant
communities. The artwork is displayed throughout the three-floor
office building and available for online viewing at
Last month, ComEd participated in the Chicago Architecture
Center’s annual Open House Chicago where more than 700 community
members got a first look at the new facility.
To learn more about the Powering Lives Community Center and
ComEd’s other education centers, visit ComEd.com/EducationCenters
and schedule a visit.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based
Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive
energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd
provides service to approximately 4 million customers across
northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For
more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on
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