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Innovation Center & Entry Renovations | Jay Stream STEM Lab  

Carol Stream, IL

F.H. Paschen completed summer critical Innovation Center and Entry Renovations at three different schools in Community Consolidated School District 93 (Jay Stream Middle School, Heritage Lakes Elementary School, and Elsie Johnson Elementary School). Work included renovating the existing libraries into collaborative innovation centers, as well as constructing secure entry vestibules and new exterior canopies. The completed Innovation Centers include a Genius Bar with high level finishes, a media room with curved operable partitions, critical thinking spaces, presentation and classroom areas, think tanks with sliding barn doors, a collaboration lounge, oval corridors, offices, and other support spaces. 

Work was also completed at Jay Stream Middle School for their new STEM lab addition. Construction started during the school’s winter, spring, and summer breaks, with completion before the start of the 2020 school year. The new addition is approximately 5,400 sf and includes six (6) science labs, a design and research room, a virtual reality room, and a single sloped skylight spanning the entire length of the corridor. 

Client: Community Consolidated School District 93
Value: $13,500,000
Size: 21,400 SF
Delivery Method: CM@Risk


  • 2021 – Learning by Design – Outstanding Project Award  
  • 2020 – Illinois Association of School Boards – Education Environments Award, Honorable Mention  

Bridges Program Renovations  

Lincolnwood, IL

District 219’s Bridges Program provides special education transition services (“bridges”) to young adults from ages 18 to 22, with training in areas of independent living, job, and vocational skills. The previous home for the Bridges Program was located at Niles North, but the students have since outgrown the space and have moved into this new location in Lincolnwood for the 2020 school year. 

This project consisted of a full interior renovation of an existing one story, 50,000 sf warehouse building, which included: new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems, roof replacement, window replacements, secure entryway storefront, site improvements, and paving. In addition to classrooms, offices, and multipurpose spaces, the new space includes a commercial kitchen, commercial and residential laundry labs, apartment space, a gymnasium, and retail space. 

Client: Niles Township High School District 219
Value: $10,100,000
Size: 50, 000 SF
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Dirksen Elementary School Annex & Renovations  

Chicago, IL

This project consisted of a 65,000 SF annex added to the existing one-story elementary school. The annex includes 18 standard classrooms, 4 special needs classrooms, 4 Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, 2 science classrooms, 2 computer classrooms, 2 administrative offices, library/media center, multi-purpose dining room, hybrid kitchen & kitchen server, kitchen office, building storage, utility rooms, and elevator.  

Site improvements included a new parking lot, fire lane access drive, loading area, landscaping, and stormwater management. Additionally, demolition and removal of utilities for the existing modular buildings and the roof on the existing building was replaced. Interior renovations consisted of conversion of the existing kitchen to a teacher’s lounge, server into an office, and conversion of the 2 kindergarten rooms into a drama and music room. This project is designed to achieve LEED v4 Silver. 

Client: Public Building Commission
Value: $32,139,000
Size: 65,000 SF
Delivery Method: CM@Risk

2020 Summer Renovations 

Roselle & Hanover Park, IL

F.H. Paschen provided preconstruction and construction services to complete renovations at Greenbrook Elementary, Waterbury Elementary and Spring Wood Middle Schools over two summers. The existing libraries were transformed into more open and collaborative innovation centers, including break out rooms, meeting spaces, and STEM classrooms. Additional work included renovations in supplementary spaces such as the IT Director Office, Specialist Offices, classroom/reading room, and classroom spaces near the libraries. 

Client: Keeneyville School District 20
Value: $3,300,000
Size: 30,600 SF
Delivery Method: CM@Risk

Elgin High School Stadium Improvements  

Elgin, IL

F.H. Paschen completed improvements at the Elgin High School Stadium, including replacement of the existing running track with an asphalt and synthetic track system, site lighting and controls, a new stone and drainage system under the synthetic turf, electrical, and painting. Additional work included replacing fencing and traffic guardrails, paving improvements, installing new guardrails and waterproofing the existing home bleachers, installing new site drainage utilities, new water service. 

Client: Elgin Area School District U46
Value: $4,600,000
Size: 150,000 sf
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Byrne Elementary School Annex

Chicago, IL

We constructed a two-story addition to this elementary school, which includes classrooms, a new library, and a warming kitchen. We also renovated existing classrooms in the original building, landscaping, renovating the existing parking lot, and built a new turf field. Work on the project was completed in Summer 2018. 

Client: Public Building Commission
Value: $13,500,000
Size: 35,000 SF
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Skinner West Elementary School Annex

Chicago, IL

We completed this new 4-story addition onto the Skinner West Elementary School which included 19 classrooms, a science lab, art room, computer lab, and multipurpose rooms. Work included site work, site utilities, construction of the new annex, renovations to the existing building, and parking lot work. Construction was completed in five phases to minimize disruptions to the school’s operations and the neighborhood. The school remained fully operational during the entire project.  

Client: Public Building Commission
Value: $11,800,000
Size: 36,000 SF
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Aspira Business and Finance High School

Chicago, IL

This new four-story school features a variety of architectural facades including Fibre-C rain screen panels and a curtainwall glazing system. Paschen also installed a rooftop chiller with sound attenuating barrier walls. Interior amenities include wireless access throughout and automated lighting control. The school contains 31 classrooms including two science labs and six computer labs, full cooking kitchen and cafeteria, and media room with interactive monitors. The project received LEED Gold Certification. 

Client: Aspira of Chicago
Value: $19,400,000
Size: 80,000 SF
Delivery Method: CM@Risk

UNO Galewood Charter School

Chicago, IL

The Uno Galewood Charter School was an innovative and ambitious design-build project with a highly compressed time-line. Together with UrbanWorks, our design partner for the project, we had just under a year to design, bid, and build for occupancy by students and staff. The main building is a three-story steel and precast structure which houses the classrooms and offices. Each classroom has wireless internet access points, four data drops, an overhead projector with media processor, HDMI and Mic input (for iPod players), and an amplified sound system. The primary design feature of the building is the adjacent 58-foot tall “skyspace,” a sloping wall which houses the multipurpose and resources rooms. This project achieved LEED Silver.

Client: United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)
Value: $17,700,000
Size: 56,000 sf
Delivery Method: Design/Build


  • 2016 – Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design – The American Architectural Awards 2016
  • 2013 – Association of Licensed Architects – Design Award Gold Medal
  • 2013 – Chicago Building Congress – Merit Award Finalist
  • 2013 – Richard Driehaus Foundation – Finalist for Award

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy Public Building Commission

Chicago, IL

The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy High School—an institution designed to prepare students for technology jobs of the future—is the very first school in Chicago to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. The certification was achieved by implementing the LEED initiatives within the Contract Documents. These included the use of natural daylight, increased outdoor air ventilation, green roof installation, and permeable parking areas.

The three-story building is constructed of cast-in place concrete, structural steel, and a large amount of CMU block. The exterior of the building has a masonry veneer, stone cladding, and aluminum composite paneling. There is also an aluminum window wall system on several of the exterior elevations of the building.

The new design includes a natatorium with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a full kitchen, administrative offices, a library, science labs, classrooms, and computer labs. Technological innovations, which helped establish the building’s LEED platinum status, include a geo-exchange heat pump system, a solar thermal hot water heating system, low-flow fixtures, and recycled and locally sourced materials. Outdoor features include walking paths, a community garden, a learning garden, and two rain gardens for storm-water control. There is also a new football field with a track, baseball field, softball field, and tennis courts constructed on the school’s campus to the north of the building.

Client: Public Building Commission
Value: $62,500,000
Size: 207,600 sf


  • 2014 – American Society of Landscape Architect – President’s Award – Design-Constructed Projects / Institutional
  • 2013 – CISCO – Pride in Construction Project of the Year – New Construction – Chicago (over $20 million) Category
  • 2013 – Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award
  • 2013 – Brick in Architecture – Gold for Education
  • 2013 – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers – Engineering of Excellence Award
  • 2013 – Friends of the Chicago River – Green Ribbon Award
  • 2013 – Learning by Design – Publisher’s Commendation Award


Chicago, IL

F.H. Paschen was contracted to perform a partial build out of the fourth floor and a full interior build out of the fifth floor of the UIC Clinical Performance Center Building. The project included interior entrances, lobbies and reception areas, (22) standardized patient clinical exam rooms, emergency room, inpatient, outpatient, and operating room simulation suites, control rooms, procedural skills labs, conference and debriefing rooms, computer and learning lab classrooms, administrative suite with kitchenette, restrooms, circulation and escape corridors. The work included new demising walls, interior glazing, doors, hardware, architectural finishes, casework, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building automation, fire protection, infrastructure and security access infrastructure. 

Client: University of Illinois – Chicago  
Value: $7,039,045 
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build


Chicago, IL

F.H. Paschen performed preconstruction and construction services for the University of Illinois at Chicago to build a simulation laboratory for the College of Nursing. The new space provides nursing students with simulated clinical, hospital, and home care settings alongside three main instructional spaces.

The 14,000 sf phased build out includes simulated nursing environments, a simulated birthing center, simulated exam rooms, group lecture spaces, offices, restrooms, observation and debriefing rooms, and commons.

Client: University of Illinois – Chicago
Value: $3,088,550
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build


Chicago, IL

This project consisted of a 2,000 SF interior renovation of an existing laboratory classroom. Renovations included the replacement of bio-safety hoods, replacement of classroom worksurfaces, flooring and ceiling replacements, new openings, and MEP upgrades.

Client: Rush University Medical Center
Value: $402,900
Size: 2,000 SF
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build 


Glen Ellyn, IL

F.H. Paschen completed this renovation of the Early Childhood Learning Center into the College of DuPage Administrative Office Building. In addition to the new office spaces and conference rooms, a complete replacement of the building’s mechanical system was completed.

The Marketing, Purchasing, and Institutional Planning Departments moved into the space, which can accommodate 60-plus staff members. A central, sky-lit public corridor connects the entry to the three main office areas. This remodel is following LEED guidelines.

Client: College of DuPage
Value: $4,240,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build 

U of I Urbana Vet Teaching Hospital LINAC Addition 

Urbana, IL

This project included a 1,500 SF addition to the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to house a Linear Accelerator Vault, which included concrete walls up to 5.5’ thick and a radiation protection door system. Additional remodeling of 1,200 SF of support space on the lower level of the existing building included the control room, mechanical equipment room, a treatment planning area, holding and prep/recovery space, and offices.

Client: University of Illinois – Urbana
Value: $1,495,000
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build 

Oakton Community College West End Building Renovation and “Student Street” Renovation

Des Plaines, IL

The West End Building Renovations stretched across two floors of classrooms and was completed over 4 phases to allow the building to remain open to students and staff. Scope also included a new elevator, window replacements, a new glass wall railing around the entryway atrium, and a new IT room with a complete waterless fire protection system.

We also completed interior renovations to the entryway and corridor at Oakton Community College (called the “Student Street”). This included demolition of the existing space, a new steel glass and terrazzo staircase, aluminum storefront windows, and terrazzo flooring.

Client: Oakton Community College
Value: $6,882,490 (combined)
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

UIC University Facade Repair

Chicago, IL

This project consisted of repairing damages to the University Hall Building to stabilize the building’s exterior, mitigate against future deterioration, and restore the exterior appearance of the building. The scope of work included repairs to board form finishes and exposed aggregate columns, beams, and soffit locations. We also performed minor hand patching of precast and concrete surfaces, façade cleaning, re-alkalization, roofing, granite repairs, glazing, and window replacement.

Client: University of Illinois – Chicago
Value: $19,350,000
Size: 28 Floors
Delivery Method: Design/Bid/Build

Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel Guest Rooms  Renovation

Bloomington, IN

This project for Indiana University involved renovating 160 hotel rooms, corridors, and elevator lobbies on four floors. The renovation work included new wall finishes, flooring, bathroom finishes, new plumbing and electrical features, custom flooring and wall finishes at the corridors, new ceilings, millwork, and limestone panels at the elevator lobbies.

Client: Indiana University
Value: $5,740,000
Size: 61,000 sf
Delivery Method: JOC