Leopardo Double Feature

Leopardo earned a double feature in the February 2014 issue of Illinois Real Estate Journal with Big Ten and Universal Technical Institute articles on a two-page spread (pgs 10 and 11). Click here to read the digital issue.


Leopardo Wins Three Awards for Excellence


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (February 12, 2014) — Leopardo recently earned three awards for excellence:

Project of the Year (Fox Valley Associated General Contractors): The FVAGC named the DuPage Medical Group’s new medical office building in Lisle (pictured) as its 2013 project of the year. Leopardo built this $28 million, three-story, 100,000-square-foot medical office building at the intersection of I-88 and I-355.  The facility houses a state-of-the-art cancer center for DuPage Medical Group with services such as radiation oncology, infusion and medical oncology.

Safety Excellence Award (Fox Valley Associated General Contractors): The FVAGC recognized Leopardo’s outstanding safety record with its annual Safety Excellence Award in the 250,000+ man-hour category.

Award for Business Excellence (Daily Herald Business Ledger): Leopardo is one of 22 suburban Chicago-based companies honored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger newspaper for business excellence. The Annual Awards for Business Excellence are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement.

Since its founding in 1979, Leopardo has thrived on a culture of continuous improvement and has won more than 500 industry awards, including 10 project of the year honors in the last five years alone.

Some of Leopardo’s other awards and honors in 2013 included:

NAIOP Chicago Awards for ExcellenceOffice Development of the Year for Big Ten Conference Headquarters

Chicago’s American Institute of Architects Architecture Award: Citation of Merit for Manifest Digital

American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter: Award for Excellence in Design for the Hanover Park Police Headquarters

Restoration Project of the Year: Landmark Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Walgreens Bucktown

Leopardo Completes High Tech Campus for Universal Technical Institute


LISLE, Illinois (January 29, 2014) — Designed to complement a new curriculum that offers real world experience, Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) new flagship campus in Lisle, IL, will provide a true living laboratory for tomorrow’s automotive engineers.

“They let the curriculum drive the building, not the building drive their curriculum,” said architect Erika Carey, partner, Partners by Design, Inc., Chicago. “We designed this building from the inside out. A lot of discussion early on helped shape the building while giving UTI the most efficient and flexible space to shape their facility.”

Opening in November 2013, the $25 million state-of-the-art Midwest regional campus redeveloped an existing 20-acre site into three interconnected buildings to serve 1,500 students and 200 staff members. Leopardo Companies built the new 180,000-sq.-ft. facility for UTI to feature 22 separate laboratories, including a number of manufacturer and part-specific training areas, and most notably, a cornerstone high bay lab that anchors the three buildings and serves as a focal point for the campus, both internally and externally.

Big Ten Conference Opens Swanky HQ and Museum


From Building Design+Construction magazine:

The new mixed-use headquarters includes a museum, broadcast studios, conference facilities, office spaces, and, oh yeah, a Brazilian steakhouse.

ROSEMONT, Illinois (January 29, 2014) — With 12 institutions, 280 national championships and 120 years of historic intercollegiate sports, the Big Ten Conference will continue its mission of “honoring legends and building leaders” in a new $20 million, 50,000-sq.-ft. headquarters located in Rosemont, IL.

The new mixed-use HQ will feature a 3,500-sq.-ft. interactive museum on the first floor entitled “Big Ten Experience,” showcasing past and present legends, and is scheduled to open in early 2014. The building also includes a conference center on the second floor for more than 130 annual Big Ten academic and athletic meetings that educate tomorrow’s Conference leaders. Oh, and don’t forget the 10,000-sq.-ft. Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao, on the first floor. Athletes need to eat, too.

Leopardo Breaks Ground on New 133,000-SF High School

hallgroundbreakingSpring Valley, Illinois (November 4, 2013) – Last Wednesday, construction manager Leopardo, architect Healy Bender and the Hall Township High School Board of Education were joined by local dignitaries to break ground on the new Hall Township High School.

The new $28-million, 133,000-square-foot, three-story high school will consist of an academic building, athletic complex and performing arts center. The academic building will house science, technology, engineering and math classrooms along with a learning resource center and administrative offices. The athletic complex will comprise two gymnasiums, weight training and fitness room, locker rooms and a concession area. The performing arts center will feature a theatre and stage with a high-end sound and recording system. An art lab, kiln room, dark room, set design area, and cafeteria with kitchen area also part of the plans.

The new high school, expected to be completed in early fall 2015, will be built with several sustainable energy features such as permeable pavers, bioswales for storm water management, daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors.

Leopardo Completes 50,000-SF Audi Dealership in Hoffman Estates

Audi Hoffman EstatesFirst in Chicago to Use “Terminal” Prototype Design

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (October 29, 2013) – Leopardo recently completed the new, 50,000-square-foot Audi Hoffman Estates dealership, featuring a 12-car showroom, service workshop and customer service center.

Located at 1200 Golf Road, near the intersection of Golf and Higgins Road, the dealership is the first new construction in Chicagoland to use the “terminal” prototype design by renowned Munich-based architecture firm Allmann Sattler Wappner. The design combines the efficiency, performance, luxury and environmental themes that the Audi brand is known for in its vehicles. Chicago-based Dobbins Group was architect of record. Hoffman Estates-based Leopardo served as the construction manager and Colliers International represented the owner.

Watch the video below for a tour of the new Audi dealership while General Manager Brian Hall discusses his experience working with Leopardo.

Leopardo Construction – Client Testimonial – Audi Hoffman Estates from Leopardo Construction on Vimeo.

Leopardo Project Named One of Chicago’s Coolest Offices in Crain’s

Mintel2ZenCHICAGO, Illinois (October 21, 2013) — For the third time since 2007, a Leopardo project was named one of Chicago’s coolest offices by Crain’s Chicago Business. This year, Mintel made the short list of the five coolest offices. Watch Crain’s video tour and read its feature story on the Mintel office space. In 2007, Radio Flyer made the cut, and AbelsonTaylor was featured in 2008.


Leopardo Completes New Big Ten Headquarters

big10Rosemont, Illinois (September 26, 2013) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany recently gave Crain’s Chicago Business a tour of the conference’s new Rosemont headquarters, which Leopardo successfully completed on a very aggressive schedule. Today, Crain’s published a video of the tour, which is also embedded below.

“Commissioner Jim Delany hopes what’s inside the building will transform the way the Big Ten does business and interacts with everyone it serves from coaches to university presidents and refs to fans. The new headquarters will include meeting space equipped with the newest technology and a museum called the Big Ten Experience that will be free to public,” said Crain’s reporter Alby Gallun on the video. “The 50,000-square-foot building sits in MB Financial Park, an entertainment district in Rosemont… The new headquarters will include offices for the Big Ten’s 40-or-so employees as well as a command center where conference officials will monitor multiple games in real-time and break down film… The museum, which will open on the building’s first floor later this year, will include video displays and games. One exhibit will allow visitors to photograph themselves in the Heisman pose.”

Watch the Crain’s video.

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 Breaks Ground on $30 Million Covenant Village Residential Building

Source: Chicago Tribune

Source: Chicago Tribune

NORTHBROOK, Illinois (July 18, 2013) — As seen in today’s Chicago Tribune, Leopardo and Covenant Village of Northbrook broke ground yesterday for The Evergreen, a new $30 million residential building on the continuing care retirement community’s 55-acre campus on Techny Road, Northbrook.

The 114,000-square-foot, three-story building will have 56 apartments for independent residential retirement living. Each floor will have a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 767 square feet to 1,480 square feet. Overlooking the campus pond, the first floor community room will include an adjacent serving kitchen. Click here to read the full Chicago Tribune article.