Project Category: Total Building Renovation

Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Education Building Renovation

A complete renovation of the existing award-winning 104,000 sq.ft. Education Building, designed by Edward Barnes. The renovation facilitated a new Education Center with state-of-the-art classrooms, botany labs, design labs, lecture halls, auditoriums, art galleries, public library, plaza deck fountains, office space and a newly-constructed 12,000 sq. ft. basement installed under the existing structure.

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Cantigny Park, Robert R. McCormick Mansion Museum

The McCormick House at Cantigny Park was the country residence of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Located at Cantigny Park in west suburban Wheaton and owned by the McCormick Foundation, the McCormick House serves as a house museum whose purpose is to explain the Colonel’s life and legacy in the areas of journalism, education and civic engagement. Built in 1896 for his grandfather, Joseph Medill, the founder of the Chicago Tribune, the house was designed by noted Boston firm Shepley, Bulfinch and Coolidge. Col. McCormick added flanking pavilions to the original building in 1936 by architect Willis Irvin.

The project involves architectural and landscape upgrades for the McCormick House to accommodate varied public outreach uses by the McCormick Foundation. Project goals include a refreshed interpretive approach to the house’s history, restoration of its exterior and significant interior spaces, creation of classroom and exhibition spaces and venues for educational and public events. Improvements include structural, mechanical, accessibility, code/life safety and conservation upgrades.

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Ball Horticultural Company Global Headquarters

A complete 42,000 sf interior office upgrade to attract and retain talent that headquarters Ball Horticultural Company’s global operation.  The design was focused on the penetration of natural light, soothing colors, and an open work environment to increase collaboration among departments while creating an enjoyable and productive work environment.  Ergonomically designed workstations and private offices with sit-to-stand desks were utilized to promote employee health, along with a variety of conference and collaboration spaces to also support various types of meetings.  

Environmental branding was incorporated throughout the space to showcase Ball Horticultural Company’s rich family history.  The color palette for the space was inspired by the various floral seeds that Ball offers with rich hues of red, violet, coral, yellow, and green that interject energy into an otherwise texturally neutral canvas backdrop.  The modern design is both warm and residential to appeal to Ball Horticultural Company’s consumers. Construction occurred in four phases to accommodate the continuing operation of the business.

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Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center

A LEED® Gold Certified conversion and extensive renovation of an existing 28,450 sq. ft. motel into a new public visitor center. Complete with administration offices, exhibit viewing areas, environmental education classrooms, conference center and multipurpose rooms for community use. The project included the sustainable redevelopment to support a permeable paved parking lot, native plantings, bioswales and wetlands.

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Bartlett Park District, Villa Olivia

A complete renovation of the existing facility, featuring golfing, skiing, restaurant and banquets. We provided project management services for the design and construction phase of the project, which included the complete interior renovation of the existing 17,000 sq. ft. banquet facility, a new 5,100 sq. ft. commercial kitchen to service over 500 patrons, a new 5,000 sq. ft. ski chalet and a new 380-car parking lot.

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Wauconda Area Library

An award-winning expansion of 17,000 sq. ft. to the existing 14,000 sq. ft. library, which included adding a second story to the existing structure and expanding the building in all four directions.

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Franciscan Ministries, Inc., Colony Park Apartment Complex Renovation

An extensive interior and exterior renovation project on each of the four multi-family buildings. Included extensive mechanical system upgrades, new windows, new roofs and parking lot improvements throughout the property.

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Franciscan Ministries, Marian Park Apt. Complex Renovation

Extensive interior and exterior renovation project on each of the multi-family buildings. Included a six-story senior living apartment building, three-story family apartment buildings and multi-family townhome complexes. The improvements also included the restoration of the site’s wetlands, storm basins, parking lots, site lighting and playgrounds.

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Brookfield Zoo, Seven Seas Amphitheater

Extensive renovation of the existing amphitheater including the restoration of the building envelope, architectural building upgrades, restoration of the dolphin pools and upgrades to the mechanical systems.

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Brookfield Zoo, Bears Den Animal Containment

Improved the existing animal containment areas and constructed secondary areas as well.

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The Morton Arboretum Administration Building

A complete rework of the existing Administration Building entrance, including a new entrance terrace and lobby.

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Franciscan Ministries, Constitution House Senior Living Aprt. Complex

Extensive interior and exterior renovation project on this existing fully-occupied, seven-story, 271-unit senior living apartment complex. Included a fully-renovated community center, new roofs, balcony repairs, extensive mechanical system upgrades, elevator renovations, new fire alarm system, and parking lot and drive improvements throughout the property.

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Crystal Lake Public Library

An interior architectural renovation of the existing 40,000 sq. ft., two-story public library. Completed while maintaining normal public access.

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Schaumburg Library

Schaumburg Township District Library Renovation – Phase 2

Renovation continued at the library with the next phase of the first-floor interior improvements. 

Self-checkout machines are added to an updated checkout area, and three self-checkout stations have been added.  The staff is still available to help you check out items and register for a Library card and more.  

Updated bathrooms with brighter lighting look more attractive but remain simple and functional.  The Holds area is a larger, separate area that makes it easier to find held items. A bright, playful new entrance allows kids to crawl in and experience new activities as they enter the Youth area.  

Delicious, healthy options are available to purchase in the new food vending area.  A new designated eating area provides a cozy space to enjoy your purchase or the meal you brought from home.

New lighting, new finishes, and new book displays can be seen. Not seen by the patrons, but exciting for the Library Staff, is a new work area located behind the checkout desks that improves workflow for the staff as they check in and sort materials.

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The Morton Arboretum Sterling Morton Library

A new state of the art 4,200 sf special collection library vault for The Morton Arboretum’s rare book collection, the renovation of the existing 15,000 sf library, and the installation of a new life safety system.

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Chicago Avenue Pump Station, Chicago Avenue Pump Station Entrance

The reconstruction of the existing north façade to make way for the new entrance to the Looking Glass Theater. The project included an extensive underground system to eliminate the structural loading on the city’s 100-year-old water mains in order to support the new stone terrace, stairs, handicapped ramp and raised planting beds.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Botanic Garden Center

An interior transformation and upgrade of the existing 28,000 square foot three story education and administration building.

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Schaumburg Library

Schaumburg Township District Library Renovation – Phase 1

A complete interior renovation of the AV Collection Area, AV Workrooms, AV Manager’s Office, Storage, Circulation Desk, Stacks, Welcome Area, and Multi-Purpose Rooms, while keeping the Library open.

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Crestwood Public Library

A complete interior renovation with addition to expand the Children’s Area, Circulation Area, Computer Resource Area, and a new Board Room, while maintaining service to the community during construction.

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Palos Park Public Library

A complete interior renovation that has made the library feel bigger, brighter, and more comfortable for patrons with improvements to the Entry, Community Center, Adult Stacks, Circulation, and the Exterior Patio.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Garden Shop Tenant Improvement

An architectural interior renovation of the existing 2,300 sf retail shop located within the Gateway Building at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which consisted of the temporary relocation of the existing retail shop. New millwork fixtures were provided to allow for an increase of in-store inventory, while allowing for a more welcoming environment.

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Clarendon Hills Public Library

A complete interior redecoration of the library and a reconfiguration of the main floor to facilitate new and improved access to the library’s most popular materials, a quieter, more private space for the public, computer users, and a more comfortable and pleasant library for all.

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Columbia College Chicago 619 South Wabash

An interior renovation of an existing two story 13,000 sf building. The project included the interior demolition of the two story spaces, a new electrical service and distribution system, interior office and gallery space build out, and renovation of the existing elevator.

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