ENR Midwest’s 2017 Best Projects for K12 Education

Legacy Charter, a new three-story, 61,200-sq-ft K-8 school located in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, was chosen as ENR Midwest’s 2017 Best Project for K12 Education. W.B. Olson, Inc. was the Construction Manager of the project. Read the full announcement and more about the project on ENR Midwest’s website  

Riverwoods Village Hall

Natural setting in the woods is the location of the New Village Hall – Village of Riverwoods.  This new 20,000 square foot municipal building is outfitted with all the amenities to service the community.  New administrative offices, board room, multipurpose spaces are all part of this artfully constructed facility.

Northwestern University – Shepard Hall Renovation

Northwestern University students are resting well in the complete renovation of Shepard Hall, Goodrich Hall and 1838 Chicago Avenue dormitories.  W. B. Olson, Inc. renovated 175 sleeping rooms, 30 bathrooms, 13 study rooms, 13 lunges, 12 laundry rooms and 2 faculty apartments with a quick turnaround. Our work continues with the total renovation of Willard Hall, 80,473 square feet of sleeping rooms, bathrooms, study areas, lounges exercise rooms and dining facilities.  Go Wildcats!

The Kohl Kaplan Fountain: Chorus

“Chorus” is the water sculpture introduced to the Ravinia Festival on June 4, 2016. The fountain was a donation by the Kohl Kaplan family and sits directly in front of the Tyler Gate. Chorus brings sculptured water music to the Ravinia Gates.

Rosewood Beach – Ready for Summer in 2015

Rosewood Beach in Highland Park was selected for inclusion in the Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) program. What does that mean for the Park District of Highland Park? A visionary plan that included the Rosewood Beach Task Force, David Woodhouse Architects, W.B. Olson, Inc. and the Park District of Highland Park to bring forth the restoration of Rosewood Beach. The project includes erosion protection, bluff restoration, native planting and beach expansion. New construction includes beach amenity buildings and a new year round Interpretative Center which is heated and cooled using a geothermal system and host ongoing environmental education classes. All beach buildings are connected by an extensive boardwalk constructed on pilings using EPI as the boardwalk surface. Look …

Historic Restoration of Northwestern University – Seabury Hall

Restoration and reuse of the 82 year old Seabury-Western Theological Seminary into the new home of Northwestern University Student Affairs Department and the Graduate School is complete. Incorporated into Northwestern University Campus is the highly refined collegiate gothic building – Seabury Hall, formerly Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. An excellent example of retaining historic design, yet creating functional space for today’s higher educational needs.

Glenview Fire Station No. 6 – Ready to Serve

The new 13,400 square foot Fire Station Headquarters is up and running. Interactive communication with neighboring communities, the Westnet Alerting System, is a welcomed feature in responding to emergencies in Glenview and the surrounding communities. The new fire station is outfitted with three full bays, living quarters and many other first responder amenities.  Efficient utilization of space in design and building of the structure resulted in a state of the art facility at an excellent value.

The New Frontier in Science & Community Life at North Park University Johnson Center

The 101,000 square foot Science and Community Life Building on the North Park University Campus is the first construction project in the Chicagoland area to utilize the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) construction method. Project Target Cost Estimates, Risk Pool’s, Core Team Management and a Tri-Party agreement delivered to North Park University a central hub for use by its students and faculty for years to come. Many lean construction techniques were also used including pull scheduling, BIM modeling and key trade design assist to name a few. The Johnson Center is creatively designed to incorporate an inviting space, smart classroom technology and cutting edge science labs. The building construction was designed to include sustainable building technology and is in the process …