Spring 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.
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.
CHICAGO, 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.
Rosemont, 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.”
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.
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.
GRAYSLAKE, Illinois (July 18, 2013) – The Prairie Med building, a 39,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical office and research facility, recently became the first building in Illinois to be awarded two green certifications. It earned both a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) and a Three Green Globe sustainable certification from the Green Building Initiative (www.thegbi.org).
The building, which is the 16th building in the United States to earn dual green certifications, excels in all facets of green design and construction. Multiple bioretention, or biofilter, strategies were employed to remove pollution from surface runoff water, including micropools, bioswales, and rain and community gardens.
The two-story building uses 21 percent less water thanks to low flow fixtures and native landscaping that does not require an irrigation system. A 20 to 30 percent increase in energy efficiency was realized by thoroughly insulating the building beyond basic code. Daylighting allows 95 percent of the regularly occupied spaces to have access to exterior views. While being built, more than 75 percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill through a proactive waste management plan and more than 90 percent of the wood on the project was harvested from sustainable forests.
“The Prairie Medical Building is a great example of the success possible in the sustainable design and construction of a unique specialized medical and scientific care center,” according to the assessment by the Green Building Initiative.
SJS Prairie Med, LLC, developed the project with Partners in Design Architects as the architect and Leopardo Companies as the contractor.
Click here to read the project case study and see more photos.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (July 3, 2013) — Every year, Engineering News-Record (ENR), one of the nation’s largest construction magazines, publishes a ranking of the top 400 contractors in the United States based on revenues from the previous year. This year, Leopardo earned its highest ranking ever, catapulting 71 spots from the previous year to No. 201. Leopardo posted revenues of $284.3 million in 2012. Leopardo’s 71-spot ascent is among the most significant by all 400 contractors on the list.
Leopardo also earned the No. 9 spot in the Largest Contractors list published by Crain’s Chicago Business. Leopardo leaped seven spots from the previous year to earn its first top 10 position since Crain’s launched the list in 2008. Of the 25 contractors listed, Leopardo realized one of the most substantial revenue increases from 2011 to 2012. The full list appears in the June 24 issue of Crain’s.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois (May 9, 2013) – Joel Klahn, a respected design and construction veteran with extensive healthcare and higher education experience, recently joined Leopardo as a senior project executive. In his position, Klahn will work closely with clients and project teams to provide leadership and oversight, advocating for the client’s best interests in budget and schedule as well as the main tenets of good facility management.
“With 25 years of experience in engineering, design and construction, Joel brings a uniquely comprehensive perspective and heightened sensitivity to long-term client needs/wants and design aesthetics,” said Mike Leopardo, senior vice president in Leopardo healthcare construction group. “We are excited to have him on board and know his impressive background will add tremendous strength to our already high level of service and quality.”
Having worked as a design engineer, project superintendent, and preconstruction leader, Joel understands the countless trades that comprise a successful project. His familiarity with the trades and ability to skillfully navigate all phases of construction translates to sound judgments and added value.
“As project director of a 14-story, 1.2 million-square-foot replacement hospital for University of Chicago Medicine, Joel leveraged his diverse knowledge base to anticipate and proactively resolve design and construction challenges, which resulted in a closer working relationship among all project team members and successful project delivery,” said Carol A. Post, principal of international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.
Joel’s project experience includes the full spectrum of project sizes from a $500 million replacement hospital to a 10,000-square-foot addition on a small private high school funded by the students’ parents. His resume features healthcare, industrial, pharmaceutical, higher education, multifamily and many large, complex institutional projects – including work for global, regional and national health systems – totaling millions square feet and more than $1 billion worth of construction.
“Joel possesses a nimbleness that enables him to apply knowledge to all sizes and shapes of projects, independent or within a system,” said Margaret Tobin, activation lead/project manager at BJC Healthcare, formerly director of planning, design and construction at ACCESS Community Health Network. “He helped ACCESS develop a tactical plan that leveraged resources and created processes that focused on building new and improving existing facilities within a framework of consistently doing more with less. Creative, articulate and responsive, Joel uses collaboration to learn about his client’s needs and does his best to achieve great project outcomes based on their priorities and objectives.”
Prior to joining Leopardo, Klahn spent time at Gilbane, McCarthy and Turner. His tenure on the design side included work at Perkins & Will and Hansen Lind Meyer (HLM Design).
Klahn earned a master’s degree in business and project management from the Keller Graduate School of Business at DeVry University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in telecommunications from DePaul University. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Northern Michigan University.
Leopardo is one of the nation’s largest 400 contractors, annually completing 400 construction projects in multiple markets and is ranked among the nation’s top 20 healthcare contractors by Modern Healthcare magazine.
CHICAGO, Illinois (April 23, 2013) – Global research firm Mintel (www.mintel.com) recently moved into its new 30,000-square-foot North American headquarters on the 11th floor of 333 W. Wacker. The office serves as a highly productive and flexible workplace for employees and clients of the market research and intelligence firm.
The unique space, designed by Griskelis Young Harrell (www.gyharch.com) and built by Leopardo Companies, Inc. (www.leopardo.com), embodies Mintel’s creative, interactive culture. Utilizing the hoteling office concept of unassigned seating – there are no private officers – the primary work zone is comprised of open bench desks with 215 work stations. Integrating visual icons that represent the firm’s international reach, the office features a kitchenette/café within a London red double-decker bus; a Chicago-style red iron bridge, neighborhood conference rooms and Wrigley Field-inspired bleachers complete with ivy wall; and an Asian-themed quiet room.
The eight conference rooms include writable glass walls and the latest video conferencing equipment. The board room can be subdivided or opened up to a large bleacher seating area to accommodate companywide meetings. Private restaurant-style booths in the café provide space for two-person collaboration.
“We knew we wanted an open office environment because we liked the communication it affords our employees,” said Keith Thackston, Mintel’s director of client services. “The ‘wow’ factor has been substantial for our employees, for our guests, for our clients that come through.”