Narrow Bridge Arts Center - Chicago, IL
The Narrow Bridge Art Center project envisions the transformation of a 100-year old building in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago to a net-zero energy Arts Center and residence. The building, originally built as a synagogue in 1921, was used most recently by Chicago's Cosmoplitan Church of Prayer. Upon completion, the building will be home to visual and performing arts studios, a woodshop, communal space, and a choir loft will be converted to an artist's residence. Through the deployment of ground source heat pumps, solar panels, and extensive upgrades to the building's envelope, the project expects to successfully function as a true carbon neutral facility.
Forge is currently providing project planning and estimating services, and will ultimately serve as General Contractor on the project. The center will be constructed in multiple phases with the first phase set to open in late 2021.
North Park Elementary School - Chicago, IL
Forge is currently serving as Owner's Representative for the third and final phase of the renovation and modernization of the North Park Elementary School in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. Since 2018, Forge has led the design and construction process for multiple summer projects including the conversion of 4,000 SF of garage space to new K-2 and Music classrooms, a new early education program, reconfiguration and expansion of administrative space, and a full overhaul of the school's HVAC system.
Community Action Partnership of Lake County - Waukegan, IL
The mission of the Community Action Partnership of Lake County is to help families in the Lake County, Illinois community by fostering efforts to change people's lives, embody the spirit of hope, and improve communities. In support of that mission, Forge is serving as Owner's Representative for the organization's planned conversion of an existing site to an affordable housing development. Forge will manage the project from planning through construction. We are currently assisting the client through the zoning process and working in support of grant and other funding applications. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.