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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 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 is expected to open in early 2022.

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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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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...

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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.

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Anshe Sholom Synagogue

Chicago, IL, USA

Anshe Sholom Synagogue, located in Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, is planning a major renovation of their facility, originally constructed in the 1950s.  The project will include a complete overhaul of the building's HVAC and Electrical systems, addition of an elevator and office space, and a full makeover of the building's Sanctuary to provide more modern amenities within a fully ADA accessible space.  Forge was engaged to provide estimating and project planning services, and modeled four different schemes to assist the synagogue in identifying the most feasible project as Anshe Sholom prepares to engage in a capital campaign to fund the project.

Hockaday Master Plan
Hockaday Master Plan

Hockaday Master Plan
Hockaday Master Plan

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The Hockaday School

Dallas, TX, USA

The Hockaday School 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.

Near North Montessori School
Near North Montessori School

Near North Montessori School
Near North Montessori School

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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.

North Park Elementary School
North Park Elementary School

North Park Elementary School
North Park Elementary School

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North Park Elementary School

Chicago, IL, USA

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community Action Partnership of Lake County

Waukegan, IL, USA

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.

Capital Project Delivery
Capital Project Delivery

Capital Project Delivery
Capital Project Delivery

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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 Commons
Woodlawn Commons

Woodlawn Commons
Woodlawn Commons

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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.