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K-12 Education Projects

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Downers Grove Grade School District 58

Downers Grove, IL, USA

In partnership with Madison-based Huffman-Keel Partners, Forge Projects is aiding the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 in their $179 million referendum school improvement project by providing Owners Project Management Services.  The project is comprised of expansion and renovation to two middle schools over two years, and eleven elementary schools receiving renovations and repairs phased over three summers. Huffman Keel and Forge joined the District, Wight & Company, and Bulley & Andrews in planning and design in 2023, with the kick-off to construction beginning in spring 2024.  

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.

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.

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.

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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