Leopardo Breaks Ground on New Childcare Center in Carpentersville


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

CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (September 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 childcare 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 monitor 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).

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


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

CHICAGO (September 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.”

Leopardo Completes Buildings for DuPage Medical Group in Wheaton and Hinsdale, Starts Phase II at Hinsdale


New and Renovated Medical Office Buildings Total 80,000 Square Feet and Provide More Than 100 Exam and Procedure Rooms

WHEATON and HINSDALE, Ill. (September 10, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc., has announced the completion of new and renovated medical office buildings on behalf of DuPage Medical Group, as well as the start of a second phase of renovation at one of the sites.

Based in Downers Grove, Ill., DuPage Medical Group selected sites in downtown Wheaton and Hinsdale to enhance and expand the accessibility and convenience of healthcare services to their patients. Leopardo’s work for DuPage Medical Group included:

  • Core-and-shell construction and interior build-out of a new 40,000-square-foot medical office building at 150 E. Willow in Wheaton. The three-story building included 55 exam rooms, three procedure rooms, radiology, triage, laboratory spaces, fitness area, physician offices, conference rooms and administrative space.
  • Core-and-shell renovation of a 33,000-square-foot building at 40 S. Clay in Hinsdale, and interior build-out of the west wing of the three-story building. The renovation included new MEP infrastructure, roof, glazing, and masonry, as well as improvements to the underground parking garage, parking lot, sidewalks and exterior lighting. The interior build-out included exam rooms, blood draw, laboratory space, infusion bays, procedure rooms, multiple nurses stations and administrative and support spaces.

Leopardo collaborated with architect Proteus Group and utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) for MEP / FP systems on the project.

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 Completes Renovation of 111 North Canal and Builds Out Interiors for Twitter and Vivid Seats

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Renovated Building Features Tenant Roof Decks, Conference Facility, Secure Bike Room

CHICAGO (August 28, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc., has completed an extensive renovation of 111 North Canal Street, entailing 475,000 square feet and 12 floors, including the lobby and first-floor amenities.  In addition, Leopardo is performing the interior build-out of two tenants in the building, Twitter and Vivid Seats, Ltd.

Serving as general contractor, Leopardo phased the renovation project to enable continuous tenant operations and worked closely with the building’s owner, 111 N. Canal LLC, as well as the architectural team of Baumann Studios LLC (interiors) and Proteus Group (lobby, level 1 and conference center).

Improvements to the main floor include: redesign and renovation of the 17,609-square-foot lobby and reception area and waiting room with coffee bar; upgraded vestibules and conference room; replacement of the entire west entrance; new water-efficient restrooms; and upgraded mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

On eight floors from the 6th to the 15th (the building has no 13th floor), Leopardo directed the demolition and renovation of base building space, including restrooms and elevator lobbies. On the 15th floor, Leopardo also oversaw structural reinforcement to support new roof decks. On the 16th floor, Leopardo built a high-end conference center that includes four tenant roof decks.

Other upgrades to the building include installation of new air handling units (AHUs) and other mechanical systems upgrades to improve energy efficiency; upgrades to passenger and freight elevators; new stairs and sanitary risers.

111 North Canal  is a 16-story concrete loft office building totaling 860,000 square feet located in the West Loop submarket of Chicago’s business district. Amenities include covered parking, outdoor rooftop access, conference facility, 24-hour security, full-service gym, secure bike room and Zip Cars. With the completion of the renovation, the building is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

Build-out of Tenant Spaces

Leopardo has also started work on the build-out of two new tenant spaces at 111 N. Canal.

  • Twitter, Inc., the San Francisco-based social media company, is relocating and expanding its Chicago presence with a 16,000-square-foot space on the 10th floor of the building. Leopardo is serving as general contractor with Partners by Design is the architect.
  • Online ticket vendor Vivid Seats is taking 31,000 square feet on the 8th floor of the building. Leopardo is serving as general contractor with Box Studios as the architect.

Leopardo Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On behalf of the Leopardo Charitable Foundation and the employees of Leopardo Construction, we are proud to support the ALS Association with our version of the Ice Bucket challenge.

Leopardo Manages Large Interior Construction Projects from Aon to Zebra


Leopardo Wins 290,000-SF Interior Construction Project, Finishes Another 160,000-SF Project

CHICAGO (June 24, 2014) – Leopardo Companies, Inc. has been selected as construction project manager for Zebra Technologies’ 290,000-square-foot office space at 3 Overlook Point in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The new assignment comes as Leopardo recently completed the interior build-out of Integrys Energy’s 160,000-square-foot space at Aon Center in downtown Chicago.

“Today’s large tenants often have very specific build-out needs, from highly specialized technical spaces to unique architectural features,” said Rick DuPraw, Senior Vice President of Leopardo. “We’re winning some of the largest commercial interior construction assignments in the Chicago area because we can show a track record of completing complex, challenging assignments quickly and under budget.”

Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies, a global company built on integrity, innovation and delivering valued business benefits to their customers, selected Leopardo to reflect these values in building out its 290,000-square-foot space at 3 Outlook Point in Lincolnshire. Construction will start in August on a seven-month completion schedule.

The build-out includes demolition of existing interior offices to create an open-plan environment designed by architect tvs design with modular furniture and new carpet and paint throughout. The design change requires new power wiring, telecom cabling and lighting solutions throughout all workstation areas.

In addition to office space, the Zebra Technologies space will include:

  • Electronic lab space for product testing and development, including a compressed air system and a high concentration of electrical and data components
  • An anechoic chamber to absorb sound and electromagnetic waves, aiding in the development of Zebra Technologies products
  • A complete fitness center with locker rooms
  • A state-of-the-art cafeteria

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Integrys relocated to its new 160,000-square-foot space on five floors of the Aon Center in June. The architect was Nelson Architects.  Design features include numerous carpet styles and lighting fixtures, ceramic flooring and high-end finishes throughout. Elevator lobbies and conference rooms on each floor feature curved walls with glazed art-glass insets.

Leopardo completed the build-out of Integrys’ space in just 19 weeks, including demolition of existing finishes, installation of videoconferencing systems on numerous floors. The fast pace of construction was possible because Leopardo professionals devised ways to work more efficiently.

As part of the build-out, Leopardo installed a Skyfold vertically folding operable wall partition in the training room. Leopardo also fully renovated 10 restrooms, including new plumbing, and constructed five new ADA-compliant restrooms.


Leopardo Completes 240,000 SF Ravenswood Station Retail Center


Area’s Largest Mariano’s anchors $43M project, joined by LA Fitness and Sears Auto

CHICAGO, June 24, 2014 – Leopardo Companies, Inc. has announced that construction is complete at Ravenswood Station, a 240,000-square-foot retail center anchored by Mariano’s Fresh Market, LA Fitness and Sears Auto.

Located at 1800 W. Lawrence, the $43-million Ravenswood Station is directly across the street from the Ravenswood Metra station, which is also in the final stages of an upgrade. The 80,000-square-foot Mariano’s, reportedly the largest in the chain, includes unique features such as a wine bar, an oyster bar, a spice bar, a smoothie bar and a BBQ bar.

“Urban infill projects carry extra challenges, but there’s also an extra reward when you complete something the community is so enthusiastic about,” said Steve Smith, Vice President of Leopardo.

Ravenswood Station was built to LEED Silver certification standards with sustainability features that include permeable pavers, electric car charging stations, 80 bike racks, and a pre-vegetated modular green roofing system.

In constructing Ravenswood Station, Leopardo used heavy-gauge metal stud framing and architectural metal cladding, partially assembled in advance of installation so shorten the construction schedule.  Leopardo also installed an underground 21,000 cubic-foot water retention tank to limit stormwater runoff.

As general contractor, Leopardo worked with the development team of Seymour “Sy” Taxman, Timothy Barrett and Gene Porto, as well as architect Antunovich Associates and attorney Paul Shadle of DLA Piper. This same team previously completed another Mariano’s-anchored retail center, the $34-million Gateway to the West Loop at 40 S. Halsted.

Leopardo’s Business Ledger Cover Story


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (April 24, 2014) — The cover story of the April 14, 2014, Daily Herald Business Ledger is about Leopardo Construction and its 35-year success story.  After winning one of the Herald’s 2014 Awards for Business Excellence, business writer Anna Marie Kukec was eager to interview CEO Jim Leopardo and learn more about one of the Chicago area’s top companies. The story was republished on the cover of the Daily Herald’s business section on April 21 and also appears online at

As the article reports, “Hoffman Estates-based Leopardo Companies, Inc. has made its mark with building condos, medical offices and major corporations… The firm handles about 400 projects a year in a variety of industries including health care, retail, municipal, recreation, office, industrial, higher education, K-12 education, hospitality, hotel, residential and aviation.”

  • Click here to read the cover story in the Daily Herald Business Ledger (April 14, 2014)
  • Click here to read the business section cover story in the Daily Herald (April 21, 2014)

Leopardo Executive Named to National 40 Under 40 List


CHICAGO, Illinois (April 24, 2014) — Leopardo Vice President Dan Ulbricht, 38, was recently named to the “40 Under 40” class of 2014 by Building Design+Construction magazine, a national trade magazine for the architecture, engineering and construction communities.

As corporations move to Chicago or expand existing operations in the city, Dan Ulbricht is busy working behind the scenes helping CEOs and CFOs crunch construction numbers, select building materials and develop leading-edge office spaces. Dan is vice president in the Chicago office of Leopardo, one of the nation’s largest construction firms. In addition to medical buildings, police stations and retail centers, Leopardo has earned a reputation as one of Chicago’s top tenant interior contractors. A chunk of that reputation is thanks to Dan, who works as a key client liaison, trusted advisor and the firm’s top business developer.

Dan is also past president of CoreNet Chicago, the local chapter of the national corporate real estate organization. As a leader for the organization, Dan helped boost program attendance to record levels.

However, what made Dan truly unique for induction into Building Design+Construction’s40 Under 40” is not his ability to climb the corporate ladder or his role behind Chicago’s coolest offices. Dan is a philanthropic rock star. He is lead singer and guitarist for Leopardo’s charitable rock band, better known as Liquidated Damages, which almost exclusively plays non-profit fundraisers. Thanks to Dan’s active role booking and playing such events, Liquidated Damages has raised more than $2.5 million for charity. Example: In 10 years of performing the House of Blues’ REACH Social, Liquidated Damages raised over $550,000 for the City of Hope to aid pediatric cancer research.