Project Category: New Construction

North Aurora Fire Station No. 1

Originally constructed in 1963 to accommodate a small voluntary force responding to a couple of hundred emergencies a year protecting a community of 2500 people, the staff size and operational needs of the fire district have evolved and increased exponentially requiring several remodels and renovations to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the community and the firefighters serving out of Station No. 1. After nearly 60 years of transformation and progress, station #1 is no longer able to fit the needs of this community and the people who protect it. Now through a successful referendum, and through planning, construction is underway on the new state of the art 27,000 sf fire house that will also serve as the fire district’s headquarters and community gathering facility.


Ball Horticultural Seed Distribution Facility

Ball Horticultural Company is expanding their existing Seed Distribution Facility at their West Chicago Global Headquarters in 3 Phases. Phase 1 is well underway and will consist of a new 22,000 sf precast addition to their existing building with a 2,000-sf mezzanine. Phase 2 will consist of the partial interior renovation of the existing adjacent 20,000 sf building. Then once a portion of the existing building is renovated, Phase 3 will commence with the renovation of the remaining building all while continuing to support their seed distribution operation.


Glen Ellyn Park District Johnson Center

After much consideration and multiple feasibility studies, The Glen Ellyn Park District is moving forward with the redevelopment of the Existing Frank Johnson Center located at 490 Kenilworth Avenue, Glen Ellyn Illinois.

Situated on a two acres site, the original building was constructed as an ice manufacturing facility in 1930 and had reached the end of its useful life after years of serving as the district recreation, administration, and maintenance facility prior to becoming the maintenance headquarters.

The new 14,000 sf operations facility will include administration offices, fleet maintenance, workshops, and storage as well as an exterior sheltered bulk material shortage area.


The Morton Arboretum, The Firefly Pavilion

The new 13,284 sf three-season event space is located on the East Side of the Morton Arboretum just south of the new Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden. Known as The Firefly Pavilion, the 8,352-sf banquet pavilion can accommodate 360 dining guests with a full dance floor. The Pavilion also includes 4,932 sf of a conditioned support wing containing pre-event space, prep kitchen, storage, restroom facilities, and mechanical room.


Ball Horticultural Company, Innovation Center

New Construction of state-of-the-art laboratory for the Ball Helix Central Research and Development team on the West Chicago Campus. 


The Morton Arboretum, Curatorial Center

Complete redevelopment of TMA maintenance complex and educational offices, including plant production facilities, greenhouses, maintenance shops, meeting rooms, offices, storage and vehicle storage space, plant propagation rooms and a soil storage barn. 


Chicago Botanic Garden, Rice Plant Conservation Science Center

A new LEED® Gold Certified 38,000 sq. ft. Plant Conservation Science Center with state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities for over 200 Ph.D. scientists, land managers, students and research staff. Includes teaching facilities required for a unique doctoral program in plant biology and conservation that the Chicago Botanic Garden conducts with Northwestern University.


Chicago Botanic Garden, Barbara Whitney Carr Administration Building

A new 28,000 sq. ft. three story education and administration building designed by the renowned architect Edward Barnes provides new office and classroom space to further expand and support various programs for the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Brookfield Zoo, Hamill Family Wild Encounter and the Bramsen Animal Ambassador Pavilion

New Construction to house animals that engage visitors in up-close experiences,with public space for educational interaction and events and adjacent new public restrooms


Brookfield Zoo, Bramsen Animal Ambassador Pavilion

A new 16,500 sq. ft. facility and 40,000 sq. ft. site development designed by Booth Hansen. Guests of all ages engage in up-close experiences with animal ambassadors. This pavilion houses a variety of animal ambassadors that will interact with guests in the adjacent Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit, in other areas inside the zoo, and in venues outside of the zoo. A public portion serves educational events, special events, catered events and animal ambassador encounters with guests. Public restrooms serve the pavilion, as well as the adjacent Oaks Cafè.


Cook Memorial Public Library District, Aspen Drive Library Expansion

15,000 sf addition and a 20,000 sf renovation of the existing Aspen Drive Branch Library, which included a 7,500 sf addition devoted primarily to children’s space, 7,500 sf unfinished basement to facilitate storage needs, enhanced meeting room space for library programs and community use, improved staff office space and expanded space for study rooms, digital studios and makerspace.


Cook Memorial Library – Libertyville Curtainwall & Aspen Drive Entrance Improvements

New Construction of Exterior Modifications at two locations. Aspen Dr. installed a new entrance plaza and Cook Park had extensive steel curtainwall replacement activity. 


Three Oaks Recreation Area Lake House

A heavy timber structure with exposed wood that serves as the center of the 450-acre Three Oaks Recreation Facility. Includes a restaurant, administration offices, full locker room and shower facilities, emergency services and maintenance garage.


The Morton Arboretum, Vehicle Storage Facility

A new 28,000 sqft vehicle storage facility to support The Morton Arboretum’s massive fleet of service vehicles. Also includes seasonal storage.


The Morton Arboretum, Education Support Building

A new 4,400 sf single story office building to house the education support staff for outdoor programs.

Windy City

Windy City Wire Corporate Headquarters

Complete design build and delivery of Windy City Wire’s Corporate Headquarters. Consists of 35,000 sq. ft. of office space, 240,000 sq. ft. of conditioned manufacturing and distribution, and 6,000 sq. ft. of gym space.


Featherstone Facts

Average Bid to Build Variance -3.11%,
Average Value for Fee at 145%
Last 5 years – 5 Fabulous Parks
Last 5 years – 5 Fantastic Libraries
Multiple, Decades-Longstanding, Client Relationships – The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Brookfield Zoo, the Wauconda Public Library, The Schaumburg Township District Library