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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 REJournals.com.

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

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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.

 

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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

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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 childrenshomeandaid.org.

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

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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.”

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

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

WHEATON and HINSDALE, Ill. (Sept. 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. (Sept. 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 (Aug. 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.