Project Details

Sway Dispensary is Illinois’ first LGBTQ+ and POC-owned cannabis dispensary. Located in West Lakeview, it occupies the old Town Hall Pub. The SWAY ownership group, led by a diverse group of community residents and leaders, purchased the Town Hall property and sought out BEAR Construction to help transform the 100-year-old building into a modern dispensary. Starting with a building constructed before modern building codes, BEAR had to begin with the abatement of hazardous materials, as well as significant structural steel work to reinforce the existing building to support the new use. Once completed, BEAR’s team of subcontractors (over 40% D/W/M/VBE) installed all necessary items to meet stringent government and safety requirements including a DEA-approved vault door with rated wall/celling assemblies, a state-of-the-art security system with over (40) cameras, card readers, Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, glass break monitors and remote security management. BEAR also specified and bid a battery backup UPS system in lieu of a typical generator allowing 24+ hours of complete, continuous and secure operations in the event of a power grid blackout. A vibrant palette of paint and laminate colors was used to project the brand’s identity, a play on primary colors. A DMX Pharos lighting system, a first for any dispensary, is comprised of over (60) fixtures and (29) individual drivers and allows for unlimited lighting programs, including the brand colors, an animated rainbow or holiday themes. Other interior features include an amazing sound system, branded graphics and signage packages and a unique display area at the building’s entrance that features prominent community figures. BEAR also completed an entire new building envelope, which included an energy efficient store front glass system and full exterior signage. BEAR was not simply the General Contractor for Sway, we were a true partner, right down to details like participating in a swing-turn analysis for alley deliveries and playing a part of the site selection process. Throughout the buildout, Sway counted on BEAR for their expertise and guidance, and at project completion we were there helping assemble displays to best market the product. BEAR was proud to work side-by-side with Sway’s owners and design team to launch this dispensary journey!