Forge Projects LLC is a boutique, full service project management, construction management, and consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. We provide services to clients who value the expertise of a trusted advisor to guide them through the complexities and challenges of the planning, design, and construction of their building projects. We offer our clients sound advice based on lessons learned from delivering projects of varied building types, and in multiple sectors and markets. We will work with you to make sure that your project goals are in harmony with your budgetary and schedule constraints without compromising the quality of your built environment.
We are experienced in leading or supporting all phases of real estate and construction projects - from property acquisition, planning/zoning, design, permitting, construction, and turnover. Forge can help develop preliminary project budgets and schedules based on little more than a brief narrative and site visit, and then serve as a steward of our clients' resources to execute projects that maximize the impact of their investments, and are synchronized with project funding and fundraising as well as operational imperatives.
We encourage Owners, design teams, and contractors to integrate sustainability into their design and construction processes and to be considerate of the environmental and ecological impact of their projects. As we move further into the 21st century and observe the effects of human behavior on our climate and environment, we recognize our industry's responsibility to future generations to radically change the way we conceive projects to focus on net-zero and net-positive energy solutions.
Philosophy & Approach
We believe in spending ample time understanding project goals while planning for a building project before proceeding in earnest with its design and construction. We excel at modeling project budgets based on limited information to ensure that goals and funding sources are aligned before significant funds are spent on architecture, engineering, and construction. This allows our clients to make decisions confidently during the planning or programming phase of a project, leading to proper budgetary discipline throughout the project without sacrificing important priorities or future operational needs.
We strive to avoid an assembly-line approach to design and construction projects. All projects, no matter how simple they may seem, are unique. The people involved in a project determine how successful the outcome will be. Building a quality product within a strict budget and schedule is challenging, and demands collaboration rather than "business as usual" strategies from the Owner's team as well as the design and construction teams. We foster collaboration and transparency to promote successful results for all project stakeholders.