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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.


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.


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.