Photos: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Mitutoyo America LA Office

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We were excited to participate in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Mitutoyo America Los Angeles office in City of Industry, California on June 30, 2016. For this project, Lamp renovated 23,000 square feet of an existing 35,000 square foot showroom, office, and warehouse, including selective site work.

Project work included:

  • Interior remodeling, including partially removing existing interior partitions and finishes, ceilings, lighting, and diffusers and grilles.
  • We constructed new interior partitions with doors and glazing, ceiling tiles and grid system, along with floor and wall finish installation.
  • We modified the existing mechanical system, including RTU replacement with energy efficient models.
  • We upgraded electrical fixtures, outlets and voice/data. The new lighting meets current energy requirements per Title 24.
  • We upgraded dated millwork throughout and extensively remodeled and modified the run-down restrooms.
  • On the exterior, we replaced single pane windows and the front entrance with aluminum windows and storefront.
  • Located in a seismic area with the Whittier Fault to the south, Chino Fault to the east, and the Sierra Madre Fault to the north, special California building codes applied for earthquake protection. For example, the acoustic ceiling had the following seismic installation requirements to prevent the ceiling from caving in on occupants in the event of an earthquake:

seismic installation requirements

A Few Before and After Photos from this project:

Conference Room Before and After:

Conference Room Before

Conference Room Before

Conference Room After

Conference Room After

Employee Break Room Before and After:

Employee Break Room Before

Employee Break Room Before

Employee Break Room After

Employee Break Room After

Entry Before and After:

Front Entrance Before

Front Entrance Before

Front Entrance After

Front Entrance After

Washroom Before and After:

Washroom Before

Washroom Before

Washroom After

Washroom After

Windows Before and After:

Windows Before

Windows Before

New Aluminum Windows After

New Aluminum Windows After

More Completed Project Photos:

Training Room 2 Showroom 2

Repair Shop Repair Shop 2

New Aluminum Storefront Entrance Main Showroom set up for grand opening Main Office 2

Coffee Bar (2)

We are happy to continue our relationship with Mitutoyo America Corporation, and are proud of the work completed at their Los Angeles location. Thank you to all who were involved.

Would you like to work with Lamp on your next project? Contact us today.

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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Lamp Begins Construction on Senior Living Facility in Arizona


We are pleased to begin construction of The Mission at Agua Fria, a 2-story, 73,865-square-foot senior living and memory care facility we are contracted to build with Sletten Companies in Peoria, Arizona. Lamp Incorporated was selected as the Construction Manager for this project.

Facility plans were unveiled in early April at a groundbreaking ceremony. Ian Lamp and Greg Bohlin of Lamp Incorporated both participated in the groundbreaking.

The Mission at Agua Fria will feature 49 assisted living and 41 memory care private residences for rent, and it will span 7.2 acres. The project will take around 12 months to complete, with the first units ready for move-in by March of 2017. We are excited about this project, as we are actively pursuing projects of this type and others in Arizona.

The lot is located on the southwest corner of Olive and 107th Avenues in Peoria, Arizona. It is directly across the street from Sun City, which makes it an ideal location for this type of facility. The land has been owned by developers since 2005.

The project was designed by Tyson and Billy Architects of Rockford, Illinois. Features include:

  • A main dining room
  • Private dining space
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Activity areas
  • Arts and crafts center
  • Gift shop
  • Exercise/therapy room
  • Administrative offices
  • Essential living room
  • A theater
  • Game room
  • Card room
  • Library

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Lamp Incorporated hired as Construction Manager for the Naperville Park District – Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility

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We are excited to be working as Construction Manager on the Naperville Park District Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility. The facility is located at 427 Martin Avenue in Naperville, Illinois. For this project, we will be managing the construction of a new 25,000 square foot central maintenance facility, including the public works garage and shop areas, and administrative office areas. Various site improvements are also associated within this project scope.

The bid process is complete. Construction will begin this summer, after Rib Fest and the project is scheduled to be completed by May 2017. Renderings of the new building are shown below. Current buildings will be demolished to make way for the stylish new building, which will address issues of ADA accessibility and work-life safety.

Read more about the project background and plan from the Naperville Park District.

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A Look Back: When Lamp Built Frank Lloyd Wright’s Muirhead Home


Muirhead FarmhouseIn 1948, Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead were looking to build a new farmhouse in Hampshire, Illinois. Robert was a mechanical engineer, and was interested in design. He admired Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and so he sought him out to design a home. Wright asked Robert and Elizabeth how they would use the home, and what they would like included. He then visited the location to choose the spot the house should be built, and designed the beautiful Muirhead Farmhouse. It is the only known farmhouse Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed.

We are so proud to have been the general contractor hired to complete the construction of this incredible building. It is an honor to be a part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s incredible legacy.

The home is 3,200 square feet, built in the Usonian style. The home was completed in 1953. The home remains in the Muirhead family, who offer one-hour tours by appointment for $15 per person, or $10 for groups of 6 or more. The home was recommended to be established as a national landmark by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council in July 2015.

Would you like to work with a Frank Lloyd Wright Contractor? Get in touch with us today.

Featured Project: This Award-Winning LEED Silver Building was Completed Early, Under Budget


When we are construction managers on a project, we love to hit this combination: early and under budget, even though the structure is complex and the scope increases. So we are so proud to feature the Elgin Community College Health and Life Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art education and training facility that earned the LEED Silver Certification for Sustainability. As construction manager, Lamp was most proud to have worked with an increased scope, but still come in $8 Million under budget and completed the project 9 months earlier than planned so that students could take advantage of the facilities a full semester earlier than originally planned.

Learning by Design Magazine described the building best: “A flagship edifice, the facility features a central three-story glass atrium meant to be a glittering ’magnet’ by day and a glowing beacon by night, drawing newcomers to its entrance.” The 160,450 square foot building includes classroom space to accommodate the nursing and dental programs.

The building also earned several awards, including:

  • CISCO Project of the Year for construction.
  • Outstanding Design Award from American Schools and Universities Magazine.
  • Award of Excellence from Learning by Design Magazine

Check out this video from the project architects, Kluber Architects + Engineers, about the incredible building:


Project Facts:

Location: 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123

Architect Firm: Kluber, Inc.

Architect: Clayton Haldemann

Project Manager: Greg Bohlin

Project Superintendent: Dane Weber

Budget: $45,000,000

Final cost: $37,000,000

Date completed: December 2011

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Incredible Aerial Footage of Huntley High School


We have a soft spot in our hearts for Huntley High School because of the long history of working with the district and its employees. We constructed the entire campus, the original building, and are currently working on the fourth addition to the school since 1997.

While we provide the structure, it is what goes on inside those walls that is truly worthwhile. Here is one perfect example of why constructing for educational facilities is so fulfilling. The students at Huntley High School used a drone to record aerial footage of their campus and then edited it into this beautiful video.

Faculty and Students Impressed with Huntley High School Renovations


We couldn’t be more proud to hear such great feedback regarding the Huntley High School renovations.

One of many large changes was the addition of the field house. This 55,000 square foot structure features multiple courts, an indoor track, and all the space the athletes need to get ready for games. Principal Scott Rowe toured the new facilities recently and share a kind quote with the Northwest Herald. Rowe stated, “It’s very surreal that it’s actually even happening. I’m humbled by how massive of a project it’s been and how smoothy it’s gone”. You can read the rest of Rowe’s statements and the Northwest Herald’s full article here.

Another major renovation phase included the new Learning Resource Center. It was designed to be a modern, technologically advanced, collaborative area for students to take advantage of technology. While books are still readily available, the goal was to provide students with the tools to learn that match the 21st century. “If you’re wondering what the library of the future looks like, this is it,” stated Huntley District 158 Superintendent John Burkey in a recent article from the Daily Herald. To read the full Daily Herald article, click here.

You can stay tuned to all of the Huntley project updates here.

Johnsburg School District 12 Reviews Facility Plan

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Written by Jeff Engelhardt, Northwest Herald. February 10, 2015

Johnsburg School District 12 Board reviews $41M facility plan

JOHNSBURG – Johnsburg School District 12 officials are close to initiating the bidding process for a $41 million facility project years in the making.

After numerous community informational sessions and presentations of preliminary designs, board members are now in the final stages before taking the project to bid.

Board members reviewed at Tuesday’s meeting the roughly $41 million project that will incorporate third- and fourth-grade classrooms in the the junior high building and expand the high school.

“I think the board still has questions and are still clarifying things, so nothing is set yet,” Superintendent Dan Johnson said. “But the plans and the information has been very well received.”

The junior high renovations carry the larger price tag of $20.6 million as James C. Bush Elementary School is set to close and merge with the junior high to create a building that houses third through eighth grades.

More than 20 new classrooms could be constructed, with the majority being housed in an expansion on the northwest side of the building.

Dedicated cafeterias for third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades would be housed in the center of the building, where an expanded gym also would be built for sixth through eighth grades.

Additional classrooms for the junior high grades will be built on the east end of the building.

Johnson said no decisions have been made on the future of the Bush Elementary building.

High school renovations are projected to cost $18.8 million with the majority of improvements occurring in the gymnasium that will be expanded and the front entrance that will have a new secured vestibule. There are no such security features presently at the high school.

The designs also include anywhere from six to 12 classrooms depending on the cost and improvements for the art programs, including a revamped backstage area in the auditorium and a workshop to build sets.

Board President Thomas Low said the steering committees, which included staff and community members, did a great job guiding a design process that has been well received across the board.

Low said he doesn’t expect any major changes to the design and the features that are ultimately incorporated will depend on the bids they receive.

“We’re wanting to get the best bang for our buck,” Low said. “We’ll go out to bid and at that point we’ll see what it will cost and then we could have to taper down or scale back some things.”

Construction could start in the summer with full completion of the project targeted for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

Workers Moving into New District 300 Office

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Written by Suzanne Baker, The Courier News. January 15, 2015

Last workers move into new District 300 offices

Chuck Bumbales is beaming these days, and he’ll be even happier in a little more than a week.

Community School District 300’s assistant superintendent of operations watched the last group of employees move into the new District 300 Central Office building this week. More than 100 district-level employees now work at the administration building at 2550 Harnish Drive in Algonquin.

“It was great to get the last people in here yesterday,” Bumbales said Tuesday morning while giving a tour to show off the office space.

At 28,000 square feet, the new building brings together the administrative staff, business office, information technology, student services, human resources and curriculum development under one roof.

Because the former Central Office building next to Carpentersville Middle School was only 15,000 square feet, some of the district-level staff were scattered around the district in another 5,000 square feet of office space. “My goodness, we were everywhere,” Bumbales said.

Now rather than video conference or spend time driving across the district, people in multiple departments can meet in an office or conference room down the hall. As a result, Bumbales expects better communication.

“The personal touch or in-person touch will improve communication,” he said.

A few last-minute details have to be made before the building will be ready for Bumbales’ biggest showing ever: the Jan. 26 School Board meeting.

A couple of metal nameplates, clocks and video monitors still need to be installed. Furniture to fill first-floor conference rooms and the chairs and tables for Board of Education meeting room are scheduled to be moved in this week.

District 300 already is accepting reservations from staff for use of two conference rooms and training room on the main floor and two conference rooms on the second floor.

The district also has room to grow. “In the past, we’ve moved into something and we were at capacity immediately,” Bumbales said.

A carpeted, 3,000-square-foot room is available on the second floor. “We really haven’t work through its purpose right now,” he said.

Bumbales said it’s been suggested the room could be used for small concerts, a meeting room for the community, or used down the road as offices.

While the district had to buy some additional furniture to fill the added number of conference rooms, staff cafeteria and a few cubicles, the majority of the office furnishings are the same desks, tables, chairs and cubicles used by the staff.

What proved most amazing is how the old furniture appears in the new digs.

“It’s the same things, but they don’t look the same,” Bumbales said. He said perhaps it’s the color choices for the walls, the larger size or configuration of the rooms, the light from all the windows or a combination.

“We brought in a lot of natural light,” he said. “The biggest comment from people is that they just love the natural light.”