Archives: Projects

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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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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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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Route 14 Bank Stabilization

2,500 lf of redevelopment and slope stabilization for a bluff along Route 14 in the City of Crystal Lake.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Great Basin Overlook

An old English style outlook positioned at the water edge designed by John Brookes

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Galgano Pool Pavilion

The creation of an expanded resort quality outdoor entertaining area for a multi-million dollar private residence.

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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, Arch Bridge

A new one hundred foot wide clear span arch bridge that connects the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Main Island to the Evening Island.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Serpentine Bridge

A new two hundred foot long winding bridge that connects the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Main Island to the Evening Island.

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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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Chicago Botanic Garden, Kleinman Center

Designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates and features a canopied outdoor amphitheater overlooking a small bay, protected wading area, and a boardwalk where students can view aquatic plants at different depths and perform water tests to learn about the critical role that freshwater systems play in the health of the natural world.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Dwarf Conifer Garden

The renovation of the existing garden includes a series of accessible paths, a grand stone staircase entrance, stepping stone walkways, terraces, a show case of dwarf conifers, and views of the surrounding gardens.

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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 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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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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Chicago Botanic Garden, Esplanade

Three-acre garden included the site development, rerouting of active major utilities that feed the entire campus, multiple water features, pavilion structures, 400 lf of shoreline stabilization and new boardwalk, new stairway to an existing adjacent building, exterior decks, and trellises.

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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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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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Brookfield Zoo, Living Coast Renovation

Renovation of the existing mechanical systems and miscellaneous architectural improvements.

 
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Brookfield Zoo, Tropic World Renovation

Extensive renovation of the existing animal life safety systems, animal holding area improvements, air and water quality improvements, architectural improvements, and exhibit rock repair.

 
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Brookfield Zoo, Fragile Kingdom Animal Containment

Improve the existing animal containment areas and construct secondary animal containment areas and new animal holding areas.

 
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Brookfield Zoo, Dolphinarium Life Support Improvements

Upgrade of the ozone generation system, upgrade all mechanical valves, and reline all of the water filtration systems.

 
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Chicago Botanic Garden, Spider Island

A redevelopment of an existing island, including the site development, shoreline stabilization, utilities, site lighting, 150 lf handmade footbridge, walking paths, and dense plantings.

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The Morton Arboretum, Meadow Lake Restoration

6 acre lake restoration project including moving over 100,000 cy of soil, stabilizing over 3,800 lf of shoreline, constructing an underground conveyance system to inner connect a supply lake over 1 mile away, and the planting of over 100,000 native plants.

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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.

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Wauconda Featherstone

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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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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The Morton Arboretum, Children’s Garden

The seven-acre Children’s Garden includes three main areas: Backyard Discovery Gardens and Adventure Woods, linked together by a Central Plaza. These three areas include ten themed gardens with water features, climbing and play elements.

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The Morton Arboretum, Arbordale Plant Production Facility

This 2.2 acre redevelopment of the Arbordale Plant Production Complex included a new 6,900 sq. ft. office, shop and plant production facility. It also included a 5,400 sq. ft. expansion to the existing greenhouse facility, a 1,700 sq. ft. plant propogation house and a 1,000 sq. ft. soil storage barn.

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Northfield Park District, Willow Park Redevelopment

A 22-acre redevelopment and wetland remediation. Construction of four baseball fields, two soccer fields, four tennis courts, permeable 39-car parking lot, 3,400 sq. ft. picnic pavilion and storage facility, and 32,000 sq. ft. of pedestrian paths.

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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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Navistar Inc., Navistar World Headquarters Site Development

Redevelopment of Navistar’s 200-acre campus that included outdoor decks, walks, terraces, patios, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, putting greens, outdoor dining areas and extensive native and ornamental landscape gardens.

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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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Give Something Back Foundation & Will County Historical Society, Lincoln Landing

A new interpretive education park spanning an entire city block. Located on the historic site of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in Lockport, IL.

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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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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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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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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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City Of Crystal Lake, Three Oaks Recreation Area

Redevelopment of a 450 acre sand and gravel quarry into a new public recreation area. The project includes the development of new city streets, bridges, decks, parking lots, and the entire utility infrastructure to support the new and proposed developments. The recreation area includes various buildings, swimming, picnicking, and fishing areas, as well as two boat marinas.

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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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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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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, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Islands Shoreline Restoration

Redevelopment and renovation of the existing Japanese Garden shoreline and surrounding lakes. Includes state-of-the-art shoreline restoration techniques, ornamental wetland remediation, water quality and aquatic habitat improvements.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Gardens of the Great Basin

A ten-acre development of aquatic gardens, perennial gardens, wetland restoration, one half mile of shoreline stabilization with state of the art stabilization techniques, stone terraces and walking paths.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Evening Island

A new five-acre development of hillside, woodland, and meadow gardens, along with support buildings, stone terraces, one half mile of shoreline stabilization with state of the art stabilization techniques.

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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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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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Chicago Botanic Garden, Buehler Enabling Garden

New 11,000 sq. ft. garden to demonstrate the latest gardening techniques for people with all abilities. Includes raised planting beds, vertical walls, aquatic fountains, a classroom area and support buildings. The project also included the redevelopment of a major portion of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Main Island.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, 319 Shoreline Restoration

1.5 miles of shoreline and wetland restoration with state-of-the-art stabilization techniques for educational research programs.

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