School Construction

Our numerous projects with the Chicago Public Schools System, charter schools, and other school districts, have allowed us to develop a comprehensive and informed understanding of what it takes to create successful educational institutions. We know that budgets are tricky and that value engineering is absolutely necessary. We understand that school deadlines are critical. And we know that the focus must always be on programs and the students served by those programs. We’re committed to using our expertise, including a wealth of CM@Risk and Design/Build experience, to choose the right delivery method to provide maximum value inside of the specified budget.

Our Education Experience

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

Chicago Waldorf School Trumbull Building Renovation

Chicago, IL

We renovated this vacant CPS school, completing all work before the start of Waldorf’s school year. Most of the renovation work consisted of interior upgrades and renovations, including ADA bathrooms, new water fountains, flooring and painting in classrooms and administrative offices, new classroom layouts, a new gymnasium floor, and an entirely new fire alarm system throughout the entire building. Minor exterior upgrades include a new generator and re-striping of the parking lot.

Client: The Chicago Waldorf School
Value: $3,192,000
Size: 98,000 sf
Delivery Method: CM@Risk

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

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

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

Des Plaines, IL

We are working the second of two renovation projects at Oakton Community College. The current project includes renovations stretching across two floors of classrooms, which are being completed over 4 phases to allow the building to remain open to students and staff. Additional scope includes 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 recently 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. This project began over the college’s winter break and continued through the end of March while students and staff occupied the building.

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

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

College of DuPage Administrative Building Remodel

Glen Ellyn, IL

We are renovating College of DuPage’s Early Childhood Learning Center into an administrative office building. The scope of work includes new offices and conference rooms, a complete replacement of the building’s mechanical system, and replacing the existing canopies. The Marketing, Purchasing, and Institutional Planning Departments will move into the space, which can accommodate 60 staff members. A central, sky-lit public corridor connects the entry to the three main office areas. This remodel followed LEED guidelines.

Client: College of DuPage
Value: $4,240,000
Size: 22,500 sf