USGBC-Illinois Elects Leopardo Employee to Board of Directors

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Dec. 9, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc. announced today that Patricia Lloyd, a LEED project coordinator with the company, was elected to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors consists of 15 individuals who are elected to two-year terms by the organization’s chapter members. As the local governing body, the Board is responsible for the supervision, control and direction of the chapter. Of the Board’s 15 members, Lloyd is the only representative from the construction industry.

An award-winning project coordinator and sustainability advocate, Lloyd has been with Leopardo for more than 10 years and has over 12 years of cumulative construction industry experience, along with eight years of experience coordinating LEED projects. She is an active member of USGBC-Illinois and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional. Along with her Board of Directors position, she is an active member of the USGBC-Illinois Green Schools Advocacy Committee. Lloyd’s education advocacy recently earned her the Green Mind award from USGBC-Illinois.

Construction Experts in Chicago Agree, 2015 is Going to be a Good Year

Chicago (Dec. 9, 2014) – Construction and commercial real estate development experts, including Leopardo Senior Vice President Rick DuPraw, gathered last week at the 2nd annual Chicago Construction and Development Summit hosted by Bisnow. The overwhelming consensus among the panelists was that 2014 was a good year for construction, and 2015 is going to be even better.

When asked about current industry trends, healthcare and office interiors were the most cited. “Activity on the interiors side is busier than it’s been for quite some time,” said DuPraw. He goes on to say that demand is coming in a variety of project sizes, some upwards of 100,000-SF, and from a variety of sectors. Tech companies were a noted example, as companies like Google, Twitter and Gogo expand within Chicago.

The panel also discussed building a successful project team and stressed the importance of bringing the general contractor into the project at the beginning. “The earlier we can get in the better,” said DuPraw. The panel added that more than ever general contractors are being viewed as a partner throughout the entire project, pointing out that engaging with a contractor during preconstruction is critical for defining project scope and ensuring that good financial decisions are made from the start.

The panelists also agreed that recruiting and maintaining top talent will be especially important moving forward as the demand for highly-skilled construction professionals increases.

Sterling Bay’s Patrick O’Conner and Bob Geiger, principal at Partner Engineering and Science also joined the constructional panel. A second session focusing on development featured panelists Janice Goldsmith (President, Zeller Development Corporation), Alan Schachtman (EVP, Fifield Companies), and Barry Missner (President, The Missner Group).

For more coverage of the Chicago Construction and Development Summit visit Bisnow.

Image: Leopardo SVP Rick DuPraw with Sonoma Construction president and moderator Jon Runquist II (left) and Jonathan Hobfoll of Bisnow (right) / Courtesy Bisnow



Leopardo Executive to Speak at Chicago Construction Event

bisnoweventCHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2014) – Leopardo Senior Vice President Rick DuPraw will speak at Bisnow’s 2nd Annual Chicago Construction and Development event on Thursday, December 4.

DuPraw heads Leopardo’s Chicago office and oversees the firm’s commercial business unit, which is responsible for hundreds of tenant interior build-outs and renovations annually. He will be joining a panel of experts in the Chicago construction and development industry to discuss a wide variety of topics including launching new projects, redeveloping existing properties, and innovative construction methods.

The event will be held at the Jenner & Block Conference Center at 353 N. Clark St. in Chicago from 7 to 10 a.m.

Learn more and register for tickets on Bisnow.

Leopardo Senior Vice President Pierre Cowart Earns Feature in Illinois Real Estate Journal

Pierre CowartCHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2014) – Illinois Real Estate Journal featured Leopardo Senior Vice President Pierre Cowart. He reflects on his career, striking a work-life balance, and taking his family to India .

“What’s the biggest lesson he’s learned working in commercial real estate /construction? ‘This business is based on trust. If you do what you say you’re going to do, you will get great results,’” Cowart says in the profile.

You can read the full article online at

Leopardo Project Featured as One of Chicago’s Coolest Offices in Crain’s


Fourth Leopardo Project to Make List in Recent Years

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2014) - For the fourth time since 2007, a Leopardo project was named one of Chicago’s coolest offices by Crain’s Chicago Business. This year, Starcom USA made the list of editors’ picks. Crain’s solicited nominations via social media and received hundreds of entries. One of 14 offices selected for a standout feature, Starcom’s rotating art installation in their office lobby was featured by the magazine.

Leopardo has completed multiple full-floor renovations to Starcom’s 35 W. Wacker Drive office, including new reception area, conference rooms and high-end architectural finishes.

Past Leopardo projects that made the Crain’s list of Chicago’s Coolest Offices were Mintel in 2014, AbelsonTaylor in 2008 and Radio Flyer in 2007.


Image courtesy Crain’s Chicago Business 

Project Video: West Chicago Recreation Center

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Leopardo Companies, Inc. recently completed the new 70,000-square-foot West Chicago Park District Athletics, Recreation and Community (ARC) Center. In this video, Park District Executive Director Gary Major provides an overview of the project and his experience working with Leopardo.

ContextMedia Headquarters, Built by Leopardo, Featured by Chicago Creative Space

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CHICAGO (Oct. 9, 2014) – Chicago Creative Space, which showcases the most creative and innovative offices in the city, has featured in its latest video the headquarters of ContextMedia, which was built by Leopardo. The health information provider moved into its new offices located at 330 N. Wabash earlier this summer. Leopardo completed the 35,000-SF build-out of ContextMedia’s 25th-floor space in less than 10 weeks.

The video highlights many of the unique attributes of the new office, including a digital technology pillar, coffee shop, ping-pong table and colorful teaming areas. It also features strong testimonials from ContextMedia’s president and co-founder Shradha Agarwal and CEO and co-founder Rishi Shah.

This is the second Leopardo-built office on Chicago Creative Space. The Chicago-office of Conversant, formally ValueClick, is also featured.


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Leopardo and Convexity Properties Break Ground on Gold Coast’s First New Condo High-rise in Seven Years

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Rendering of 4 East Elm

CHICAGO (Sept. 17, 2014) – Chicago-based Convexity Properties has broke ground for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. The development offers 35 half- and full-floor condominiums ranging in price from $2.2 million to $7.2 million. Sales began this summer.

Today’s groundbreaking ceremony included Donald R. Wilson, chairman of Convexity Properties and DRW Holdings; Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch; and 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti. Also on hand were representatives from @properties, which is conducting sales for 4 East Elm; general contractor Leopardo Construction; project architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz; interior design firm Gary Lee Partners; and construction manager Daccord LLC, all based in Chicago.

“As the first new condominium building in the Gold Coast in almost a decade, 4 East Elm is a big milestone for both the neighborhood and the downtown condominium market,” said Wilson. “We’ve had an incredible response from homebuyers, and we’re thrilled to get construction underway.”

Left to Right: Pierre Cowart (Leopardo), Rick Mattioda (Leopardo), David Gutierrez (Daccord LLC), Jeremy Kerman (Convexity Properties), 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, David Nelson (Convexity Properties), Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch, Donald R. Wilson (Convexity Properties), Thaddeus Wong (@properties), Gary Kohn (Solomon Coldwell Buenz), Chris Oakley (Convexity Properties), David Grout (Gary Lee Partners)

Left to Right: Pierre Cowart (Leopardo), Rick Mattioda (Leopardo), David Gutierrez (Daccord LLC), Jeremy Kerman (Convexity Properties), 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, David Nelson (Convexity Properties), Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch, Donald R. Wilson (Convexity Properties), Thaddeus Wong (@properties), Gary Kohn (Solomon Coldwell Buenz), Chris Oakley (Convexity Properties), David Grout (Gary Lee Partners)

The 24-story building at the northeast corner of State and Elm streets will feature three-bedroom, 3.5-bath floor plans ranging from just under 3,100 square feet to 3,515 square feet. Plans can also be combined, allowing for full-floor residences with more than 6,600 square feet of living space.

All residences at 4 East Elm will feature private elevator access; 10-foot finished ceiling heights; floor-to-ceiling windows; wide-plank flooring in living areas; Florense cabinetry; Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances; and quartz or natural stone countertops. Homebuyers will have the opportunity to work with Gary Lee Partners on interior selections and with Premiere Systems to customize audio, video, lighting and smart-home systems.

Homeowners will also have access to a variety of amenities, including a landscaped sundeck; outdoor pool and spa; clubhouse lounge with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV; movie screening room; fitness center; 24-hour doorman and private garage parking.

“There has been huge pent up demand for new-construction in the high-end market. 4 East Elm raises the bar for luxury condominiums in the city and addresses the needs and tastes of upscale buyers who are looking for something both contemporary and refined,” said Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of @properties.

The above article originally appeared in Illinois Real Estate Journal.  See also the Chicago Tribune article. See also: “Multi-family demand is increasing” by Illinois Real Estate Journal.

Leopardo Breaks Ground on New Child and Family Center in Carpentersville


New Facility Will Provide Support and Programs for Underprivileged Children and Their Families

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Last Friday, Leopardo Companies, Inc., along with architecture firm Designhaus, Inc. and owner’s representative IFF were joined by local dignitaries to officially break ground on the Children’s Home + Aid’s new child and family center. The 27,000-square-foot facility will be located at 229 Lake Marian Rd. in Carpentersville. Once completed, it will provide support and programs for underprivileged children and their families.

The facility, to be named the Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center, will rebuild the existing Tom Thumb Community Childcare Center, which has been serving at-risk children and families in the Carpentersville area since 1970. The new facility will expand the center’s capacity from 110 to 230 students, and will include 15 classrooms, a gross motor skills room, outdoor play area, administrative spaces, as well as a staff lounge and kitchen.

Leopardo is serving as general contractor on the project, which is anticipated to be completed in early summer 2015. The Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center will be built with several sustainable features and will seek LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Left to Right: Joseph Haiman (Kane County Board District 24), Nancy Ronquillo (President and CEO of Children’s Home + Aid), Sue Harney (Dundee Township Supervisor), Anna Moeller (State Representative 43rd District), Ed Ritter (Carpentersville Village President), and Beverley Sibblies (Children’s Home + Aid Chair of the Board of Trustees).

Left to Right: Joseph Haiman (Kane County Board District 24), Nancy Ronquillo (President and CEO of Children’s Home + Aid), Sue Harney (Dundee Township Supervisor), Anna Moeller (State Representative 43rd District), Ed Ritter (Carpentersville Village President), and Beverley Sibblies (Children’s Home + Aid Chair of the Board of Trustees).

About Children’s Home + Aid
Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. The organization helps children recover their health, their hope, and their faith in the people around them. We link children to a network of opportunity and care, to extended family, teachers, mentors, and the resources of the neighborhood and community. For 130 years, the organization has gone wherever children and families need them, and work where that work has been proven to be most effective: at home, in the classroom, in the neighborhood, in the course of daily life. The organization has offices located across Illinois and serve more than 40,000 children and families in over 60 counties each year. For more information about Children’s Home + Aid, visit

Leopardo Completes 100,000-Square-Foot Renovation of Rush University Medical Atrium Building


Upgrades to operating suite, technology and electrical infrastructure and patient rooms

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc., has completed the 100,000-square-foot renovation of the Rush University Medical Center Atrium Building in Chicago.  Part of Rush University’s long-term plan to provide state-of-the-art medical facilities for doctors and patients the project included complete renovation of multiple floors and infrastructure improvements to the entire building.

Serving as general contractor, Leopardo worked in collaboration with architect Perkins + Will and Jacobs Project Management.

The multiphase renovation enabled hospital operations to continue throughout the project.  Work was completed in clean and sterile corridors while operating rooms remained in operation.   The project included:

  • Renovation of 67 patient rooms, the main nurses station, multiple exam rooms, medicine and clean rooms on several floors
  • LEED certification of the post-partum/ante-partum patient floor
  • Renovation and reconfiguration of the operating room suite, including construction of a new cystoscopy operating room and support space
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades that included a new infant protection system, security system and CAT 6 upgrades
  • Infrastructure upgrades such as replacement of two substations, a new mechanical shaft and fiber/copper cabling

“This project called for a highly experienced construction team with specialized technical knowledge and consideration for ongoing hospital needs,” said Leopardo Senior Vice President Michael Leopardo.  “Our team was able to provide the skill sets and the professionalism to deliver results that few firms could match.”