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Leopardo Completes 70,000-SF Recreation Center in West Chicago

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First Indoor Recreation Complex for the City of West Chicago and one of the Largest One-story Recreation Facilities in the Chicago Area

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (September 9, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc. recently completed the new 70,000-square-foot West Chicago Park District Athletics, Recreation and Community (ARC) Center. The new complex was revealed to the public at an opening celebration on Saturday, Sept. 6 that included a ribbon cutting ceremony. Former Chicago Bull Charles Oakley also hosted a basketball clinic and signed autographs.

Located at 201 W. National St. in Reed-Kepler Park, the one-story park district facility includes three gyms, a fitness area, as well as a play area for children. The project was completed on time and within its $15.5 million budget.

As one of the largest one-story indoor recreation complexes in Illinois, the ARC Center also features an elevated walking and jogging track, dance and aerobic studios for group fitness classes and event rental space and catering kitchen.

Hoffman Estates-based Leopardo served as construction manager, with the Chicago office of Sink Combs Dethlefs as architect of record.

Leopardo Starts Four Municipal Construction Projects

West Chicago Recreation CenterWest Chicago, New Lenox, Bartlett and South Barrington: Ground Broken on New Recreation Center, Police Station, and Expanded Fire Station, Village Hall

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (August 26, 2013) – Hoffman Estates, IL-based Leopardo, one of the nation’s largest contractors, recently started work on four suburban Chicago municipal construction projects. The projects are as follows:

West Chicago Community Recreation Center: Ground was recently broken on a new $15.5 million, 70,000-square-foot recreation center at Reed-Keppler Park. The facility (pictured), which will be the only large one-story recreation center in the Chicago area, will feature a three-court gymnasium, three-lane elevated jogging track, large fitness equipment area, dance/aerobic studio and group fitness room and indoor playground.

New Lenox Police Department: Work started on a new $11.2 million, 31,000-square-foot police station. When complete, the public safety facility will feature a state-of-the-art multi-purpose/training room, and staff areas for code enforcement, investigations and command staff. New detention facilities include an enclosed, secure sally port, detention block, DUI processing area, interview rooms and juvenile detention area.

Bartlett Fire Station: Renovation and expansion work started on the fire protection district’s existing station No. 2.  The $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot project includes demolition of the existing building save for the apparatus bay, which will be renovated. The new addition will feature a kitchen/dining room, dayroom, exercise room, work room, office, meeting room, alarm room, laundry room, living quarters, showers and restrooms.

South Barrington Village Hall: Leopardo began work in August on a two-story, $2.1 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion of the existing 7,000-square-foot South Barrington Village Hall. The project will shift the police department completely to the lower level, allowing the village administration, including council chambers and village offices, to be relocated to the entire upstairs. The lower-level addition also includes a training facility/emergency command center.

Leopardo is widely recognized as a leader in civic and community construction projects. Other recent Leopardo civic projects include a 14,000-square-foot fire station in Romeoville, 200,000-square-foot police headquarters in Aurora, 63,000-square-foot police station in Hanover Park, and a 24,000-square-foot fire station in Mount Prospect.

Leopardo Wins ENR Midwest Best Project of 2012 Award

Hanover Park Police HQ

Hoffman Estates, Illinois (September 19, 2012) — The Hanover Park Police Headquarters, built by Leopardo, was recently awarded ENR Midwest Best Project of 2012 in the Government/Public Building category. Engineering News-Record (ENR) is the construction industry’s leading source of news and information.

According to the magazine’s announcement, a panel of industry peers “selected winning projects on the basis of design and construction quality, innovation, safety and the ability of their project teams to overcome unique challenges. All winning projects will compete against winners from eight other regions in ENR‘s National Best of the Best Projects 2012 competition.”

Leopardo completed the 63,000-square-foot police headquarters for the Village of Hanover Park early in 2012. The facility includes an indoor firing range, jail, evidence processing, emergency operations center and training room, community room and an enclosed garage for up to 27 vehicles. Dewberry, the architect for the project, described the building’s exterior as “a palette of brick, precast concrete, metal panels and glass.”

A distinguishing characteristic of this project is its unique safety record. Leopardo took the initiative to partner with OSHA, allowing open-access to the government agency in order to achieve the absolute highest levels of construction safety.  More than 400 site-specific safety orientations were conducted, 149 safety inspections and 10,000 safety observations performed. As a result, after more than 100,000 total work hours, the project’s incident rate was almost 30 percent below the national average.

Leopardo, one of the most experienced law enforcement and public safety construction firms in the Midwest, served as construction manager. In addition to the Hanover Park Police Headquarters, Leopardo recently built the award-winning Aurora Police Headquarters (195,000 square feet), Clarendon Hills Police Headquarters (14,400 square feet), Beaufort Police, Courts and City Hall Complex (63,000 square feet), Romeoville Fire Station No. 3 (13,500 square feet), and the Mount Prospect Fire Station No. 14 (24,000 square feet).

Leopardo Completes Hanover Park Police Headquarters

Hanover Park Police HQ

HANOVER PARK, Illinois (February 20, 2012) — Leopardo recently completed construction of the new $15 million, 63,000-square-foot police headquarters for the Village of Hanover Park, which hosted a public grand opening ceremony on Saturday, February 18.

The state-of-the-art facility features:

  • Detention facilities, including enclosed, secure two-bay sallyport, flexible detention block, detox holding room, interview rooms and juvenile detention facilities
  • Evidence processing, including separate vehicle exam area and large property storage area with high density storage
  • Fire arms range with high-level acoustical treatment and armory.
  • Emergency operations center / training room with full emergency building support systems
  • Community room
  • Staff areas for code enforcement, records with high density storage, investigations and command staff
  • Enclosed, secure garage for police vehicles
  • Water detention for site and adjacent public works site
  • Dozens of green features, including reflective roof materials, regional material usage, recycled content in interior finishes, daylight sensors, high efficiency systems and water conservation through landscaping
  • A distinguishing characteristic of this project is its unique safety record. Leopardo took the initiative to partner with OSHA, allowing open-access to the government agency in order to achieve the absolute highest levels of construction safety.  More than 400 site-specific safety orientations were conducted, 149 safety inspections and 10,000 safety observations performed. As a result, after more than 100,000 total work hours, the project’s incident rate was almost 30 percent below the national average.

    Leopardo, one of the most experienced law enforcement and public safety construction firms in the Midwest, served as construction manager with Dewberry as architect. In addition to the Hanover Park Police Headquarters, Leopardo recently built the award-winning Aurora Police Headquarters (195,000 square feet), Clarendon Hills Police Headquarters (14,400 square feet), Beaufort Police, Courts and City Hall Complex (63,000 square feet), Romeoville Fire Station No. 3 (13,500 square feet), and the Mount Prospect Fire Station No. 14 (24,000 square feet).

    Leopardo Renovating Two Suburban Libraries

    DARIEN and LAKE ZURICH, Illinois (August 5, 2010) – Leopardo recently began renovation projects at two suburban libraries – Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien and Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.

    The Indian Prairie Public Library project is a renovation of the 43,000-SF, two-story facility, located at the corner of Plainfield Rd. and Clarendon Hills Rd. The project includes new carpeting, paint, fabrics, doors, furniture, plumbing and electrical work. The Reference and Readers’ Advisory desks are being combined and all service desks are being made modular to make future updates easier to complete.

    The first floor plans at Indian Prairie Public Library include a new vending café as well as adult computers, magazines and newspapers. The current teen area will double in size and a brand-new family center will be unveiled for preschoolers and their parents. Planned duration of the project is 13 weeks. PSA-Dewberry is serving as architect with Leopardo as general contractor.

    Ela Area Public Library is undergoing a radio frequency identification (RFID) improvement project and Leopardo is performing drywall, demolition, carpentry and acoustical ceiling trade work. RFID is a method that uses tags, attached to books and other library materials, which retrieve and store data. Ultimately, this will make check-in and check-out of materials easier and will modernize the library’s self-check system.

    Earlier in the year, Leopardo broke ground on the new $6.4-million West Humboldt Park Branch Library in Chicago. Located at 733 N. Kedzie Ave., the 14,800-square-foot, one-story, full-service branch library is one of the first using a prototype design by Lohan Anderson and is seeking LEED Silver certification. The branch library will utilize geothermal systems for heating and cooling, resulting in dramatic reductions in energy consumption, and a prevegetated modular green roofing system will reduce the urban heat island effect, conserve water and decrease storm water runoff.

    Crain’s Chicago Business Highlights Leopardo’s Strength in the Marketplace via Video

    CHICAGO AND HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (August 4, 2010) — Crain’s Chicago Business today highlighted Leopardo’s strength in the marketplace, featuring Leopardo in Chicago Business Today, the publication’s daily news video. Watch the three-minute video below or click this link.

    According to Crain’s description of the video, “the latest forecast shows construction activity is slower than initially expected this year. But at least one local contractor [Leopardo] says the market is improving.”

    “Leopardo is breaking ground on several new projects this year.  The company has hired about 10 people recently,” said Chicago Business Today Host Lisa Leiter.

    In recent months, Leopardo has been awarded about 20 projects totaling approximately $70 million worth of construction.

    Leopardo Completes New 23,000-SF Mount Prospect Fire Station #14

    Station is Pursuing LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

    MOUNT PROSPECT, Illinois (June 2, 2010) – Leopardo, a leader in construction, design-build and commercial real estate development, recently completed Mount Prospect’s new 23,000-square-foot fire station.

    The two-story facility, which is seeking LEED Gold certification, features greywater recycling, high efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, and a predominant use of natural daylight to reduce energy requirements. The masonry and steel-constructed building also includes a basement, a three-vehicle bay and living quarters for seven firefighters, as well as a large training room. The station’s apparatus floor and living quarters are designed to accommodate future growth.

    Leopardo Wins Public Works Project of the Year

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (March 25, 2010) – The Village of Mount Prospect, SRBL Architects and Leopardo were awarded Project of the Year – in the projects under $5 million category – at today’s Best of the Best in Public Works awards luncheon of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter.

    The Project of the Year Award was in recognition of the Mount Prospect Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which was one of three projects Leopardo built simultaneously on three different sites in Mount Prospect.  The projects were 1) the new 24,000-square-foot fire station No. 14, which is seeking LEED Gold certification; 2) the EOC, which was designed in accordance with Miami-Dade building codes; and 3) two new additions to the existing public works building, a renovation of existing office space and a new storage facility. Combined, the three projects totaled 35,000 square feet and $11.85 million. Leopardo served as construction manager with SRBL as the architect.

    This is the fourth “project of the year” award Leopardo has won in recent weeks. Leopardo’s Children’s Specialty Care Clinic at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital won Project of the Year by the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA).  The Aurora Police Headquarters won Build to Suit Project of the Year at the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards, and Project of the Year by the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO).

    Leopardo Building $24-Million, 73,000-SF Community Center in South Suburban Chicago

    MATTESON, Illinois (March 24, 2010) – Leopardo recently began construction on the new 73,000-square-foot community center on a 19.3 acre site in Matteson, Ill.

    The $24-million facility will include an indoor competition pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, spa rooms, salon, pre-school, childcare rooms, youth dance studio, multi-purpose rooms, and meeting rooms.  Outdoors, the community center will feature a spray pool, running track, football stadium, two baseball fields, soccer field, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, a storage garage and four parking lots.

    Leopardo Wins Build To Suit Project of the Year

    icoy09CHICAGO, Illinois (March 12, 2010) – Leopardo was awarded the Build to Suit Project of the Year Award last night at the 22nd Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner, known as the Oscars of the industry. The event raised $850,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

    The Build to Suit Award was in recognition of Leopardo’s Aurora Police Headquarters project, a LEED Gold police campus consisting of 1) a 154,000-square-foot headquarters, court and 911 emergency call center building, 2) a 41,000-square-foot training and support building that houses a lead-free tactical firearms proficiency range, evidence storage, forensic examination laboratories and a secure garage, and 3) a 204,000-square-foot, 500-car parking garage