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Higher Education Projects

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University of Chicago - New Engineering and Science Building

Chicago, IL, USA

Forge Projects is serving as owner's project manager on behalf of the University of Chicago for a new world-class engineering and science building on the Hyde Park Campus. The building will house laboratory and research space and will be home to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME), and a brand new collaborative space for the Chicago Quantum Exhange, a partnership between quantum researchers at UChicago and University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. 


The $175M grant-funded project will sit on the southwest corner of Ellis Avenue and 56th St, next to the William Eckhardt Research Center. The NESB project is currently in schematic design, with main construction expected to commence in 2025 and completion expected in 2028.  In addition to serving the University of Chicago on this project, Forge will work closely with HRD Architecture and Allison Grace Design, and Mortenson Construction Company.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.



Harper Court & Hyatt Place

Chicago, IL, USA

Developed in partnership with the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago, Harper Court included 150,000 sf of office space, 75,775 sf of retail space, a 131-key hotel, and a 518-bay shared parking facility. Acting in an Owner’s Representative role Chip Weir assisted the mixed-use development team, a venture of Vermillion Development and JFJ Development, in managing procurement, construction administration, and design management for the project.


Separately, as part of the overall development, Mr. Weir assisted the hotel development team of Olympia Companies & Smart Hotels with the construction phase oversight of the Hyatt Place hotel. Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2013

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.

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.

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