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Scottish Rite Headquarters

25 - 75,000SF, Building / Ground-up, Historic, $10 - $20 Million

Scottish Rite Headquarters

Leopardo built the award-winning Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago headquarters, one of the most unique structures in America with a design that mixes 18th and 19th century tradition with modern amenities, high-end finishes and state-of-the-art technology.  Finished in 2012, the 64,000-SF building is considered the “crown jewel” of American Freemasonry.  Located in Bloomingdale, Illinois, the 16.25-acre site had been untouched for more than 30 years, requiring significant tree preservation and relocation to comply with Village laws. Almost 30 inches of snow and torrential rainfall during construction caused 50 weather delay days, but the team — including more than 60 prime subcontractors — was still able to maintain 2011 occupancy. The project finished with a perfect safety record — 157,000 total man hours and a zero incident rate — and at a level rarely seen in materials and construction detail to achieve the sophisticated blend of modern and historic. Highlights include:

  • 300-foot long circulation space with cathedral arch ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • 5,400-SF preceptory with full theatrical Fly and 277 seats with nine removable seats for ADA accessibility
  • Integration of symbology, patterns, artwork and historic items from the former Scottish Rite Cathedral on North Dearborn
  • Full-service kitchen and bar with oversized fireplace
  • Traditional Masonic lodge hall
  • Dining room
  • Locker room
  • Museum
  • Library
  • Game room
  • Administrative offices
  • Audio-visual systems including theatrical lighting
  • Large berm along Lake Street which separates the site from the street
  • Permeable paver parking lot and irrigation system
  • Winner: International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 2013 Assembly Forum Best of Best award
  • Finalist: Greater Chicago Food Depository 2013 Build-to-Suit award