Work set to begin on $9.4 million expansion of Vernon Hills middle school

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Work on the next stage of a $48.7 million building program in Hawthorn Elementary District 73 is set to begin in earnest.

With only finishing touches left for a $13.5 million kindergarten center on Aspen Drive south of Route 60, the next big project involves additions and renovations at Hawthorn Middle School North.

School officials in late February approved construction bids totaling $9.44 million for additions on three corners and interior work for the building at Aspen Drive and Hawthorn Parkway.

The project will include eight classrooms in one-story additions on the northeast and southeast corners, plus a full gym/band/music room addition on the southwest.

And because bids were considerably lower than original estimates, more than $1.1 million in work, including an eighth classroom, two STEM labs and solar panels on the gym roof, was added to the project.

Contractors had been given initial approval to do utility and interior work as well as site preparation. The village board on Tuesday approved site and landscape plans, architectural elevations and other measures to allow the entire project to proceed.

Because the new 18-classroom kindergarten building, known as Hawthorn School for Young Learners, will ease congestion in elementary schools, district officials chose Middle School North as the second master plan project.

Some spaces at Middle School North serve two functions simultaneously, like lunch and gym, for example, and other rooms hold more students than they were designed for.

The additions to the 91,680-square-foot middle school will total 21,885 square feet, an increase of about 24%.

During a recent public hearing, the village’s advisory planning and zoning commission praised the way the expansion was incorporated into the existing building.

Because the brown brick on the existing building is no longer made and can’t be matched, the additions will be built of beige brick to match the banding on the existing school and the precast concrete panels of the gym/music room.

While the color wasn’t an issue, not all were on board with the exterior of the gym/music room addition, which features staggered windows meant to suggest musical notes.

Those features lead to a 4-3 vote against recommending the architectural elevations.

“I think the average person is not going to see music, they’re going to see random scoring of a concrete facade,” said plan Commissioner Jeff Mulcrone.

Some village trustees had a similar take.

“I tend to agree with the commission but I don’t want to hold up the project,” said Trustee Thom Koch.

Community Development Director Mike Atkinson said the design complements the existing building.

“It’s staff’s opinion that these random reveal lines and the random placement of the windows are appropriate and are contextual, given the (musical) use of the addition inside,” he said.

Voters approved the $48.7 million, five-phase building program in November 2018.

Article courtesy of the Daily Herald: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200520/work-set-to-begin-on-94-million-expansion-of-vernon-hills-middle-school

District 73 kindergarten center to be complete in mid-June

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The $13.5 million kindergarten center on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills is on schedule and on budget, according to Hawthorn Elementary District 73.

Most of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing work is substantially complete, and ceilings will be closed starting May 11 at the Hawthorn School for Young Learners, district officials say.

“We’re ordering furniture at this point, so we’re definitely nearing the end,” said Abe Singh, director of finance and operations.

The 18-classroom, two-story building will be attached to the Vernon Hills Park District’s Sullivan Center on Aspen Drive in a campus of district buildings south of Route 60. The district projects 300 students will use it.

A final inspection is scheduled for June 8, and the building is expected to be available for occupancy mid-June.

The School for Young Learners is meant to relieve crowded conditions and provide flexibility at other district schools by consolidating kindergarten classes.

Principal Jill Martin said the staff is moving “full force ahead” with prepping despite school buildings’ being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are almost completely staffed with a group of extremely dedicated educators who cannot wait to spend their days teaching our young learners in person,” she said.

“The furniture has been ordered, master schedules are in place and our teachers are ‘Zoom Planning’ for their classrooms,” she added.

Part of the project involves road improvements to reduce backups on Aspen Drive, where the Aspen Drive library also is part of the mix.

School buses and other vehicles will enter at separate locations north and south of the Sullivan Center. They’ll exit by a new connection east to Phillip Road south of Victory Centre of Vernon Hills senior living facility leading to Atrium Drive.

The Vernon Hills village board this past Tuesday authorized a $200,000 payment to the school district for the project. The village previously built a regional detention vault to service the area and donated land for the library.

“The (village) board understands the importance of the schools and library to residents,” said David Brown, public works director/village engineer.

The School for Young Learners is part of a $48.7 million building program approved by voters in November 2018. Demolition for an estimated $10.2 million expansion/renovation at Hawthorn Middle School North will begin next week. Design also is underway for a $9.8 million expansion/renovation at Elementary South, according to Singh.

 

Article courtesy of the Daily Herald

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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DATE: March 19, 2020

TO: All Project Team Members

RE:  COVID-19(Coronavirus)

Lamp Incorporated is following the current precautionary guidelines set forth by government agencies and is continually monitoring the situation for updates.  Construction site operations will continue as normal, except as previously communicated and outlined below:

Elgin Office:

Employees may be working from home or may have varied hours in the office.  If samples, submittals or any other items are required to by delivered to our office, please contact the Project Manager or Assistant Project Manager to coordinate.

Meetings:

All construction meetings are suspended until further notice.  Project managers will be on site during the original scheduled meeting times but to talk in small groups.  Weekly project meeting minutes will be generated based upon individual discussions and the project look ahead schedule will be updated.  If a group meeting is required, a conference call will be initiated by one of the project team members.

 Onsite Personnel:

Please continue to keep accurate daily logs noting all employees, both hourly and salary, working and/or visiting the project site. Include subcontractors and suppliers.

If any members of a trade contractor’s workforce, including their subcontractors and suppliers, have contracted, or is suspected to have COVID-19, notify the Lamp Incorporated Project Superintendent and Project Manager immediately.  We will need to know who the employee came in contact with on the project site so proper notification can be given.

If the Lamp Incorporated Project Superintendent, Project Manager, or Safety Manager suspect a trade contractor’s employee, subcontractor, or supplier to be sick, we will ask the trade contractor’s superintendent/foreman to have the employee leave the site immediately. If the employee is your site leader, we will contact your office. Lamp will be stocking our safety kits with disposable thermometers for confirmation of fever.

If an on-site occurrence of COVID-19 is discovered, we will follow CDC guidelines which could include shutting down the jobsite in whole or partial, disinfecting, and asking all that came in contact to self-quarantine until they are cleared to return to work.

Safety Plan:

We ask that all trade contractors and subcontractors please update their safety plans to address COVID-19. We will be looking for steps that you will be using to minimize the outbreak of the virus on the project site.

Procurement:

All trade contractors are to contact their material and equipment suppliers to determine if any manufacturing, shipping, customs, or any other delivery delays may be anticipated due to COVID-19 and notify Lamp Incorporated of the potential delay and possible impact.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these uncertain times.

Respectfully,

LAMP INCORPORATED

Ian C. Lamp, President

The Mission at Agua Fria Construction Progress

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Lamp Incorporated is excited to be partnering with Sletten Construction on this senior living center in Peoria, Arizona. The Mission at Agua Fria Assisted Living & Memory Care community is slated for completion January 2018. Check out the progress we are making on the structural steel and stud framing!

Unearthed: Lamp Incorporated Marketing Video from the 1950s

We take great pride in where we are going and where we began. Lamp Incorporated was founded in 1932. Twenty years later, Lamp had this marketing video created that shines a spotlight on the excellent work of the Lamp team.

The video – using a trustworthy 1950’s voiceover and light-hearted background soundtrack – covers some of the excellent work of the Lamp team. Check out the video for yourself, and see that Lamp has not only always offered a diverse resume; but, for over 60 years, we have helped to build the Elgin-area legacy that we are still “proud to be a part of shaping.”

Enjoy!

Boys and Girls Club Sing Carols at Lamp Incorporated

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This holiday season, we were lucky to be visited by one of our favorite local organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, who we are proud to support! The group sang carols and put on a joy-filled, jazzy, well-planned performance. It brightened our holiday, and we hope it brightens yours!

This year as a company, we sponsored four families from the Elgin Boys and Girls Club. We purchased gifts, food and gas gift cards to be sure they have a fabulous Christmas season.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Elgin offers 9 sites serving over 2,000 local youth. The organization offers a place after school where children can go for homework help, a warm meal, and fun. Their goal is to enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Lamp Incorporated: Since 1932, Our History around the Time of the Last Cubs World Series

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Since the Cubs, our hometown team, have made it to the World Series, all anyone in our town can talk about is 1945—the last time they were in a World Series. The Cubs have never been in a World Series that aired on television. There were no lights in the stadium. A World Series ticket cost $6-7, the equivalent of $80-95 today. This made us want to look back at the beginnings of Lamp—a 13-year-old business the last time the Cubs were in the World Series.

Clifford Lamp started Lamp Construction in Elgin, IL, in 1932. As you can see from the below picture, at that time Phone Numbers were listed as SH.J-9325. Try dialing that into your cell!

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Our focus at the time was largely home building. From 1942-1945, Lamp was involved in major expansions at Elgin Case Factory, who built equipment during World War II. Around the time that construction was complete, the Cubs were taking the field at their most recent World Series.

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Then in 1946, England was in a rebuilding phase and needed help. Lamp Construction built prefab homes that were shipped to England to help the war-torn country rebuild.

In the 1950s, Lamp started building more commercial buildings. And in 1958 (around the time Ernie Banks was earning his Gold Glove), we built the Muirhead Home, a Frank Lloyd Wright Designed house.

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We became Lamp Incorporated in 1972 (around the time the Cubs picked up the nickname “Loveable Losers” and also during the Ron Santo years), with the acquisition of Schmidtke and Associates, Architects. With this shift we were able to meet the growing needs of clients to provide design/build services.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-48-19-pmIn 1992 (around the years of Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace) we completed our first Construction Management Project at Dundee Township Park District’s Dolphin Cove Aquatic Park.

And in 2012 (which we will call a rebuilding year for the Cubs…) we managed and built the Elgin Community College Health Life Sciences Center

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And now here we are in 2016, a Cubs World Series year! In 2016, Lamp conquered and completed 15 months of multiple renovations and additions to Johnsburg School District 12 scoring a home run with the students, staff, and community.

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We are proud of our long history—as proud as we are of the 2016 Cubs! Hey Chicago, what do you say?

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Rachel Lamp, Assistant Project Manager, and Steven Lamp, Secretary/Treasurer sporting their Cubs gear.

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Featured Project: Watch the East Dundee Fire Department Built from Start to Finish

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In 2013-2014, Lamp Incorporated acted as Construction Manager on the East Dundee Fire Station. The new fire station is 17,900 square feet. It includes a single-story station with a mezzanine in the Apparatus Bay, a residence area for employees, administrative offices for staff, and a training room, exercise room, and associated work rooms.

Construction began on the East Dundee Fire Station with excavation in August of 2013 and roof trusses scheduled for fall. The first snowfall of the second snowiest winter ever came on December 9th and continued through the end of March for a season total of 80”. The Lamp Incorporated Superintendent worked six weekends in a row, just for snowfall maintenance. Additionally, it was also the coldest winter since 1872, making temporary heat a priority and getting the building sealed up for the winter. Work forces and hours were increased in order to enclose the building and continue on schedule for the winter.

We were pleased to come in significantly under budget on the project. It was budgeted at $4,633,996 and the final cost was $4,358,042. The architect was Jason Estes of FGM Architects.

Check out a video slideshow of construction as it progressed:

When it was complete, Village President Lael Miller said, “It’s incredible. It’s a beautiful building, and I’m sure those guys will be happy in it for the next 50 to 75 years. It’s a huge asset to all the residents of East Dundee and our entire fire service district.”

The beautiful building can be seen below.

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Are you interested in working with Lamp Incorporated on an upcoming project? Contact us today!

Our President Meets with Governor Rauner

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Ian Lamp, the President here at Lamp Inc., talked with Governor Rauner at the Illinois Construction Industry Committee (ICIC) Legislative Reception.

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The ICIC is an organization of more than 13 construction associations. They speak as one on construction issues to the legislature and administration. Ian Lamp is the President of the ICIC.

Mr. Lamp is also the President of Fox Valley Associated General Contractors (AGC). (We know, he is quite impressive.) The Fox Valley AGC stays active in legislative and other government affairs. They provide leadership and assistance to the areas of: labor relations, legislation and government affairs, educational programs and training programs in construction. Fox Valley AGC also creates networking and social activities throughout the year for it’s members, like the ICIC Legislative Reception.

A Look Back: ECC Visual Performing Arts Center Built to Impress

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In the early 90s, Lamp constructed the Elgin Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center, which is a project we are still proud of today. This projected $40 million project not only turned out beautifully, but we were happy to come in approximately 20 percent under budget, saving around $8 million from the estimated cost.

Paul Dawson, ECC’s Managing Director of Construction Projects, said of Lamp, “They are the most honest contractor that I’ve ever dealt with. I think ‘transparency’ is the word that I like to use for them.”

Check out the building and hear it straight from him:

Here are a few photos of the completed project, which has stood the test of time, and has been put to good use over the past 20+ years!

Would you like to work with Lamp on your next large construction project? Contact us today!