Clark University - Media Arts, Computing and Design building
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.