Project Category: New Construction

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.

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Ball Horticultural Company, Innovation Center

Ball Horticultural Company is investing in new construction to house the Ball Helix Central Research and Development team on its West Chicago campus. This new space, designed by the Christner Architectural firm, will be home to custom-designed laboratories housing molecular biology, analytical chemistry, plant pathology, tissue culture, cellular biology, computational biology and molecular marker development, plus generous meeting and team collaboration spaces. Creating state-of-the-art research and development laboratories for the R&D team at Ball Helix will enable the development of industry-leading innovations in flower and vegetable product development.

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The Morton Arboretum, Curatorial Center

The complete redevelopment and upgrade of Morton Arboretum’s existing maintenance complex. Spans nine total acres and includes 38,000 sq. ft. of maintenance shops, meeting rooms, offices and storage. Also includes a new 27,500 sq. ft. vehicle storage facility, greenhouse expansion, office and shop building for grounds staff, and propogation houses.

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Brookfield Zoo, Hamill Family Wild Encounter

An extensive redevelopment of the southeast section of Brookfield Zoo. The new Wild Encounter exhibit provides direct encounters with animals, science exploration, animal welfare and personal participation in conservation. Designed by The Portico Group, the three-acre exhibit features interactive and viewing exhibits for wallabies, reindeer, red pandas, alpaca, llama, goats and a large four-season Budgie Aviary building.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cook Library

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.

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