BALL HORTICULTURAL COMPANY:
West Chicago, Illinois
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 and 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.
COOK MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT:
Hamill Family Nature and Science Plaza
Forest Preserve District of Cook County /
15,000 sf addition and a 20,000 sf renovation of the
existing Aspen Drive Branch Library which included
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, expanded space for study rooms, digital
studios and makerspace, and improved staff office space.
"Featherstone’s professionalism was evident throughout the project. Staff at all levels of the company were committed to the success of the project and to our satisfaction. The project came in under budget, allowing us to add additional enhancements and improvements. Featherstone was a great advocate for the Library, ensuring that work was done properly and always keeping an eye on our bottom line. Featherstone’s team delivered the project on time despite adverse weather conditions early in the construction schedule. Because the project involved work adjacent to - and inside - an occupied building, they understood the importance of keeping service disruptions to a minimum for our patrons"
Mr. David Archer, Library Director
Cook Memorial Public Library
Hamill Family Nature and Science Plaza
Forest Preserve District of Cook County / Brookfield, Illinois
Former home of Baboon Island, the newly development 1.5 acre Hamill Family Nature Plaza now provides guests with the opportunity to relax in a serene, natural environment with winding pathways that feature opportunities for nature play and education while surrounding an open-sided, three-season pavilion for seasonal chats with Brookfield Zoo staff and Animal Ambassadors as well as education
programs, private functions such as weddings,
receptions, and corporate events in the
Guests can also discover nature in the science
exploration garden for structured zoo
educational programming and a sensory
garden full of raised beds where guests can
also learn about flowers and vegetables that
can be planted at home.
Other plaza features include the council ring for structured
classes and large gatherings as well as the complete
renovation of the old Scoops Restaurant with a newly branded Peacock Café and Grill with food options themed around sustainable dining.
The Featherstone, Inc. team was with us from the beginning through the initial concept discussions with our donors to project management including: conceptual and schematic drawings, budget estimation, permitting, bidding, and construction management. We were pleased that Featherstone, Inc. completed this project on time, on budget, and exceeded our aspirational goals for minority and women owned business participation. Their due diligence, communication and collaboration with our staff was excellent.
Mr. Rich Gamble, Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President, Brookfield Zoo
Project New Leaf - Phase 1
Project New Leaf, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation,
is a five-year multi-phase revitalization effort aimed at delivering a
superior guest experience for Cantigny’s nearly 400,000 annual
visitors and ensuring the park’s vitality for future generations.
Phase 1 improvements have been completed and include;
Major infrastructure improvements including, over 38,000 cy of earthwork, site utilities, sub-surface drainage, storm water management redevelopment, renovation and modifications to roads and pathways, and ecological native and wetland renovations
Remodeled Visitors Center, including an expanded information kiosk, Bertie’s Bistro and a covered entrance for Le Jardin
Redesigned and redevelopment of the display gardens and Gold Pond area
Red Oaks Farm playground and adjacent picnic pavilion
350 new parking spaces in the south lot
Lighted walkways connecting our main attractions and easy-to-navigate path surfaces
Oak Colonnade stretching north-south from the Visitors Center to the First Division Museum
Expanded gathering plaza around the Lion of Cantigny statue, with seating
New restroom and visitor information building just south of the Visitors Center
Mr. Matt LaFond, Executive Director, Cantigny Park
Featherstone has successfully managed complex planning, budget estimating, bidding, value engineering, construction management and daily oversight for the project. Particularly important was our desire to keep the park open to visitors during the entire construction process; we needed a partner who would help us manage this challenging aspect of the project. Through detailed preparations, weekly meetings and daily on-site presence, Featherstone has provided a safe and clean worksite, allowing us to maintain public access to the park and to host our usual high volume of special events. Importantly, Project New Leaf is on time and within budget. This speaks well for Featherstone’s level of planning and management expertise. I highly recommend Featherstone as a partner in any construction project and would not hesitate to use their services in the future.
CANTIGNY PARK: Project New Leaf - Phase 2, Wheaton, Illinois
Project New Leaf, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a five-year multi-phase revitalization effort aimed at delivering a superior guest experience for Cantigny’s nearly 400,000 annual visitors and ensuring the park’s vitality for future generations.
Phase 2 improvements are focused on the redevelopment of the gardens and infrastructure improvements located east of the Visitor Center and south of the Robert McCormick Museum. Improvements within this phase will include;
The New Visitor Center Patio and Lawn Renovation near LJ Restaurant
The Green Garden Renovation
The Octagon Garden Renovation
The Visitor Center East Lawn and Plaza Renovation near the East Entrance
The North and South Scallop Garden Renovations
The Fountain Plaza and Connector Path between the Visitor Center and the Allee
The South Grove
The Dry Garden Renovation
The Allee Renovation
The Prairie View
The Little Farm Stormwater Facilities
The Pump House Renovation
The World Trade Center Exhibit at the First Division Museum grounds
The First Division Memorials