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 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 provided project planning and estimating services, and is now serving as Owner's Representative on the project during construction. The center is expected to open in early 2024.
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.