Eric Eichler, Principal
Eric founded Forge to leverage his talents and provide exceptional, personal project management services to his clients. Prior to founding Forge, Eric spent nine years as a Senior Project Manager at The University of Chicago managing two signature capital projects designed by world-renowned architects, with total cost over $300 million. Sitting in the Owner's chair during these projects, Eric directed the design and construction and also remained connected to the projects for years after completion. The opportunity to see a finished building begin its operating life, and to troubleshoot issues after several years of operations, provides Eric with a valuable perspective that guides his decision-making during the course of a project and the ability to always considers both the immediate and long-term implications of every issue.
Eric has nineteen years total experience working as a contractor, consultant, owner's representative, and project manager in both the United States and European markets. He has worked on a wide array of different project types in close collaboration with owners, architects, and contractors to deliver successful projects and superb client service. He has worked with private sector companies, developers, and nonprofit organizations, both private and public.
Nick Canellis, Principal
Nick has over 22 years of experience working with clients to construct high-profile, complex buildings throughout the Chicagoland area. Nick’s brings technical knowledge and best practices to each project, along with a passion for achieving his client’s vision. Known for his team leadership and problem solving skills, Nick has delivered world class quality on his projects in the cultural and institutional markets, including the Art Institute’s Modern Wing and the University of Chicago’s Logan Arts Center.
Having spent over 21 years working for a large construction management firm in Chicago, Nick has led numerous projects through preconstruction, construction and closeout. Working closely with Owners and design teams, he has consistently exhibited a commitment to the highest possible quality of construction. His extensive experience has made him well versed in cost estimating, permitting, scheduling, planning, procurement, and conducting feasibility and constructability studies.