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University of Chicago - Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Chicago, IL, USA

The  Reva  and  David  Logan  Center  for  the  Arts is a 184,000 GSF creative and performing arts center situated on the University of Chicago's Midway Plaisance.   Eric Eichler served as senior project manager, leading the project from concept design through completion.  The building design features an iconic tower and a podium with sawtooth roof featuring 260 photovoltaic solar panels.  The landmark facility brought a majority of the University's undergraduate Arts programs together under one roof.  The development footprint of the building and site covered four acres, resulting in a significant new campus landscape in addition to the new building.

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Clark University - Media Arts, Computing and Design Building

Worcester, MA, USA

Clark University is in the process of designing and building its new Media Arts, Computing and Design building.  The building is expected to be approximately 80,000 GSF and will open in Fall 2023.  Forge has been retained to provide planning and project management services, which include guiding the recent site selection and space programming process.  Forge will also manage architect selection, budget development, and ultimately the entire design and construction process in concert with Clark's Facilities Management team.  The building will be home to the new Becker School of Design & Technology, and will feature classroom, computer lab, virtual reality/alternate reality spaces, video production laboratories, collaboration spaces, along with other Arts and Computer Science spaces to complement the Becker School program.

Fine Arts Building of Chicago - Carriage Hall

The Fine Arts Building (FAB), a Chicago historic landmark, is located at 410 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL. Chicago’s artist haven since 1898, the Fine Arts Building is a home for art in all forms, including painters, musicians, sculptors, yoga studios, puppeteers, therapists, coaches, craftspeople and more. The building is also home to two performance spaces, the recently renovated Studebaker Theater and the future Carriage Hall, a new multidisciplinary theatrical event space.  

Forge is serving as Owner's Representative for the Carriage Hall project, which will be constructed within the shell of a former theatrical space, most recently known as the Playhouse Theater. The project envisions a gut renovation of the existing space, with the reconstruction anticipated to include replacement of primary structural, mechanical, and electrical elements. The scope of work will include demolition of existing finishes, balcony structure, and a portion of the existing stage. New construction will include a full architectural buildout of the main theater along with a mezzanine level that includes a tech booth and may also include rear and side seating galleries. Construction will also include theatrical rigging and lighting systems, robust audio-visual and technological infrastructure, and a reconfigurable floor system

The project is currently in the conceptual design phase and is expected to open in late 2024.

Korean Cultural Center of Chicago Bisco Hall Project

Wheeling, IL, USA

The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, located in Wheeling IL, is undertaking the design and construction of a new theater and event space on their existing campus.  Forge is serving as Project Manager for the design and construction of the new building, which will replace a current structure that is not suited for the programming and aesthetics that will support the organization's mission.  The new theater and event space will seat up to 400 guests and will allow for traditional theater, dance, and multimedia events, along with banquets and conferences.  The project will break ground in March 2023 and is expected to open in early 2024.

Narrow Bridge Arts Center

Chicago, IL, USA

The Narrow Bridge Arts 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 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 provided project planning and estimating services, and is now serving as Owner's Representative on the project during construction.  The center is expected to open in early 2024.

University of Chicago - Midway Studios Restoration

Chicago, IL, USA

Eric Eichler served as the University of Chicago’s project manager for this enabling project that preceded the Logan Center.  Its first phase was a $2.6 Million replacement of building roof, including thirty-four replacement skylights, at the nationally landmarked building in Chicago, IL.  The project’s second phase included the interior renovation that created the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, faculty art studios, and new HVAC systems.  It also provided a new accessible entrance for the facility.

Clark University - Campus Design Initiative

Worcester, MA, USA

Forge was retained to provide planning and project management services for Clark University in Worcester, MA as the University updated its campus master plan for the first time under a new administration. Working in conjunction with the President's Office and Facilities Management, Forge guided the overall design process and analyzed opportunities for project phasing as the University prepares to embark upon an ambitious 10-year capital plan.  Ayers Saint Gross was retained as planning consultant, with Forge collaborating in an integrated manner to deliver high quality and viable campus development options for the University's consideration.

University of Chicago - Campus North Residential Commons

Chicago, IL, USA

The Campus North Residential Commons is an 800-bed, 400,000 square foot residence hall and dining facility designed by Studio Gang Architects.  Eric Eichler served as Senior Project Manager, guiding the project from planning through completion.  The project was the University of Chicago's first large scale Design Build project.  Eric led all aspects of the project from start to finish, which began with a Programming study and budget development covering a wide range of project scenarios. During the Programming phase, Eric performed extensive benchmarking studies to establish the project budget and evaluated various project delivery methods, which included assessing that the facility could open a year earlier than expected if the University agreed to proceed with the Design Build approach.   Additional information and details...

University of Chicago - David M. Rubenstein Forum

Chicago, IL, USA

The University of Chicago recently opened a new 97,000, 10-story conference center designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro.  Forge provided project management services to support the University's facilities team, focusing on implementation of owner-installed systems (audio-visual, security, phone/data, furniture) and MEP systems commissioning.  Forge also managed the design and construction of a high-end wine bar and restaurant within the conference center.

Nichols College Campus Master Plan

Nichols College is undergoing the process of updating its campus master plan for the first time in nearly two decades.  Forge was retained to conduct an RFP for Master Plan Consulting Services, culminating with the selection of Sasaki Associates to execute the project.  Forge has subsequently been retained to advise on design proposals and assist with planning for future phasing of projects identfied in the plan.

Studio Gang Architects - Gallery and Archive

Chicago, IL, USA

Studio Gang Architects transformed the 7,000 SF garden level of their headquarters in Chicago, formerly an inward-facing storage space, to serve as an archive and gallery for display of their many interesting works.  Forge provided project management and Design-Build services for the project, which was completed in September 2020.

North Park Elementary School

Chicago, IL, USA

Forge served as Owner's Representative for the renovation and modernization of the North Park Elementary School in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.  Between 2018 and 2021, Forge led the planning, design, and construction processes 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.

The Hockaday School

Dallas, TX, USA

The Hockaday School, a renowned K-12 all girls independent school in Dalls, TX, retained Forge Projects to manage an ambitious master planning process for its Athletics program.  Forge led the selection process for the Planning team, which yielded the retention of HOK as planning consultant.  Subsequently, Forge assisted Hockaday in the management of the design process and in analyzing costs and phasing options for the campus land use splan.  Hockaday is expected to execute the envisioned projects in sequence over the coming decade.

University of Chicago - Project Delivery Guide

Chicago, IL, USA

Forge assisted the Capital Project Delivery group within Facilities Services with the development of a Project Delivery Guide to standardize and document best project management practices. Forge worked with University IT Services to convert the completed Guide to a web-based format, allowing it to be used as a reference for project managers within the department and as a tool for communicating policies to external University stakeholders and leadership.

Woodlawn Residential Commons

Chicago, IL, USA

Woodlawn Residential Commons is the newest residence hall at the University of Chicago, built in a partnership between the University of Chicago and Capstone Development Partners.  The P3 project featuring 1200 beds and a new Dining Hall, opened in Fall 2020. Forge was engaged with Capstone as the project's Scheduling Consultant, tasked with visiting the project site on a regular basis to assess the progress of construction against the project schedule, and provided recommendations for schedule improvements to ensure the facility was completed on time for student move-in.

Caledonia Senior Living

North Riverside, IL, USA

Caledonia Senior Living engaged Forge Projects in March of 2021 to lead an effort to plan current and future work based on the most pressing facility needs and most potentially impactful cosmetic enhancements to the living environment.  After a two month planning and budgeting period, Forge oversaw a roof replacement, IT network enhancement and Wifi expansion, complete update of the facility's nurse call and fire alarm systems, and the renovation of two residential corridors to begin the modernization of the facility.  We expect in 2022 to assist Caledonia in planning the next round of building updates and planning for larger scale replacement of building systems in the next 5-10 years.

Caledonia Senior Living - Feasibility Study and Facility Master Plan

Following up to the renovation project completed in 2021, Forge has been asked to lead a comprehensive assessment of the Caledonia Senior Living campus and buildings as the organization seeks to update its strategic plan and understand how it can be supported by the modernization and potential expansion of its facilities.  Forge is leading a team that also includes architecture and engineering firms in the development of multiple facilities strategies for Caledonia's consideration.  Forge is also guiding the cost estimation process for the various options.

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue

Evanston, IL, USA

Forge was selected to oversee a multi-year, multi-phase renovation of the Beth Emet synagogue, a historic structure built in 1963.  Improvements included modernization of worship, learning, and community spaces as well as infrastructure, seating, sound systems, technology, and bathrooms. The improvements provide a more modern experience and increase safety, security, and accessibility. Forge served as Owner's Representative for Phase One and subsequently served as Construction Manager At-Risk for Phase Two.

Near North Montessori School

Chicago, IL, USA

The Near North Montessori School (NNMS) in Wicker Park, in collaboration with Ross Barney Architects, opened a new Innovation Building in fall 2019 that includes a new Innovation Lab to support the school's STEAM program, a community gathering space, classrooms, office and conference space, commercial kitchen, and a new rooftop urban garden to support the school's thriving "Farmessori" program.  Forge served as Owner's Representative, working with the school and design team to develop comprehensive project budgets and schedules to support the planning effort, and ultimately managed the project through the completion of construction.

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