Groundbreaking for one of two new South Elgin fire stations expected in October

Plans for two new fire stations in South Elgin — one which will replace the downtown station — are moving forward smoothly, with the first project expected to be completed by the end of July 2019, officials said.

The new stations will be at 498 South Elgin Blvd. and 1090 W. Spring St., the latter to replace the station at 150 W. Spring St. The district also has a fire station at 2055 McDonald Road.

Groundbreaking for the Station 23 on South Elgin Boulevard is expected in early October with completion by July 2019, South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Mike E. Rothecker said.

Construction for Station 21 on Spring Street will start once groundwork is done at the station on South Elgin Boulevard, and is expected to be done by late fall 2019, he said.

“Knocking on wood, things have been going very smoothly,” Rothecker said. “We have had great cooperation from the community and the village.”

Voters in April approved a property tax increase to finance a $10 million bond issue for construction of the stations, and a levy increase to finance about $750,000 in salaries to hire more firefighters.

The village board is expected to give final approval for special use permits for the construction of the stations Aug. 20, director of administrative services Megan Golden said.

The fire district hired Lamp Inc. of Elgin as construction manager for both projects. The plan is to toggle construction crews between the stations to save on costs, Rothecker said. “We want to make sure we take advantage of saving every dollar we can,” he said.

The original architectural plans presented to voters in the spring largely remain unchanged aside from a minor modification to improve water runoff by moving about 50 feet south the footprint of the station on Spring Street, Rothecker said.

The station on Spring Street is estimated to cost about $6 million and the one on South Elgin Boulevard is estimated at about $3.5 million, Rothecker said. The projects are expected to go out for bids in September. “Once the bids are awarded we will have a better drill down on the final projected cost,” he said.

The district, which employees 30 full-time firefighters and 10 part-timers, has hired five more part-timers and will hire six more full-timers, likely in April, to staff the new station, he said.

The district plans to sell the current station downtown once the move is complete, he said. “Some folks in real estate will come out and give appraisals. We haven’t started the process yet.”

Pingree Grove Municipal Center ‘Largest Capital Improvement Project’ in Village History

Village of Pingree Grove New Municipal Center Opening Spring 2019

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pingree Grove Municipal Center is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the municipal center’s new location, 555 Reinking Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin that week with completion projected in the Spring of 2019, according to an announcement by Pingree Grove Village President Steve Wiedmeyer and the Pingree Grove Board of Trustees.

The village partnered with Lamp, Inc., Kluber Architects + Engineers, and Mackie Consultants for the design of the 27,000-square-foot structure. The budget for the project is $4,225,000.

The construction is being financed by donations from DR Horton Cambridge Lakes and the sale of bonds. The building will be located on village-owned property along Reinking Road, north of Pingree Grove’s police station and Water and Wastewater Treatment Department.

Designed with the goal of housing all village services in one location, the new Municipal Center brings together the Public Works Department, Building Department, and administrative offices.

The building will include a Village Board meeting room, storage space and a large garage to house all public works vehicles and equipment, presently stored in a rented warehouse in Elgin.

“This will be the largest capital improvement project ever undertaken by the village,” Wiedmeyer said.

Village Clerk Dawn Grivetti said residents and staff will benefit from the upgrade.

“We are excited to upgrade to a modern facility that will make our work environment more collaborative and efficient,” she said.

Finance Director Karen Plaza said the Municipal Center is a smart investment in the village’s future.

“We anticipate Pingree Grove will be one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois when the 2020 census is completed,” she said. “This new facility will allow village staff to work together to maximize our resources.” .

Pingree Grove has grown from a quaint village of 124 residents (2000 census) to a thriving community of more than 8,000 in 2018. Pingree Grove continues to be “A Place to Grow’.

Lamp Incorporated Partners with Naperville Park District

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Earlier this year, the Executive Director of the Naperville Park District – Ray McGury – made the cover of Naperville Magazine, standing in front of Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility currently under construction. Check it out:

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That’s a pretty nice hard hat, wouldn’t you agree?

Lamp Incorporated recently had the honor of teaming up with Ray’s team as the Construction Manager for Naperville’s Knoch Park Maintenance Facility – a 25,000 square foot building. The project started July 2016 with an anticipated completion date of May 2017.


Ray certainly knows what he’s doing when it comes to managing his parks. He joined the Naperville Park District in September 2008, with more than 27 years of community leadership, education and law enforcement experience. The District now currently maintains over 2,400 acres with 137 parks and facilities – not to mention it holds more than 1,400 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events on a yearly basis.

Lamp is excited to continue to contribute to the high caliber of parks throughout Naperville, with the Knoch Park Facility offering features such as a large meeting room, full kitchen, and locker room areas for the staff. The Parks Police Department is also located within the building.  First and foremost, the garage areas will be adequately equipped and will have ample storage.

Within the article, Ray references the project: “The whole area of Knoch Park and the garden plots are a major hub in Naperville—they are the most-used parks in our system. This centrally located facility will enable us to better maintain these and other nearby areas, including Garter and Pioneer Parks.” Read the full article here. 

Check out a few construction progress photos:

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Lamp is teamed with Williams Architects on the project.

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Photos: Check Out the Completed Fox River Grove Public Works Facility


We recently completed managing the construction of the Fox River Grove Public Works Facility. The new Public Works Facility includes 4 double depth vehicle storage and maintenance bays, equipment storage, a break/meeting room, and office space. The project also included a salt storage facility, site work, and parking.

This new facility replaces an aging public works garage and allows Fox River Grove Public Works to have seasonal work equipment all under one roof. It houses the village’s public works trucks and keeps their crews together so they can deploy more efficiently using modern facilities.

Lamp Incorporated acted as the Construction Manager for the project. We worked with Project Architect Firm Kluber Architects + Engineers, Architect Chris Hansen.

Check out a few photos of the completed project:

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Fox River Grove Public Works

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Fox River Grove Public Works

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Bids are due Thursday, October 13th Huntley Park District Maintenance Facility and REC Center Renovation Project

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Notice is hereby given that Huntley Park District, McHenry County, IL will receive sealed bids from interested trade contractors for 03A-2 Building Concrete, 04A-2 Masonry, 06A-2 General Trades, 09F-2 Flooring, 09G-2 Painting, 21A-2 Fire Protection System, 22A-2 Plumbing, 23A-2 HVAC, 26A-2 Electrical, 31A-2 Excavation, and 33A-2 Site Utilities, for the Maintenance Facility and REC Center Renovations project. Sealed bids will be received at the Huntley Park District REC Center, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley, IL 60142, Attn: Mr. Thom Palmer, Executive Director, until 1:00 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016. Bids proposals will be publicly opened and read immediately following. Bids must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed envelope, and labeled “Maintenance Facility and REC Renovations”, the date and time of the bid opening, the Contractor’s name and address, and the Trade Package that is being bid on. A bid day label will be supplied in the project manual.



The proposed project consists of a 12,000 square foot Maintenance Facility with associated site work and REC Renovations.



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 Selected to Manage Fox River Grove Public Works Facility


We are pleased to announce that we will be the Construction Manager for the new Fox River Grove Public Works facility, working with Batavia-based architects Kluber Architect +Engineers, Inc. The facility will be 11,000 square feet, and plans include an all-brick building to keep regular maintenance costs down over time.

The building is expected to cost between $2.7 and $2.9 million. It will be located between Hillcrest and Lincoln avenues across from the existing wastewater treatment plant. Some features of the site plan include:

  • An entrance vestibule
  • Administration section
  • Staff work space
  • A conference room area
  • Four pull-through apparatus bays will offer easy in-and-out access for public works vehicles

The site plan for the project was approved at the Village Board meeting in July. Currently the project is in the design phase, with the Village Board holding meetings to discuss design layouts and to allow residents to learn more about the facility. Learn more in the Northwest Herald.

We are excited to be managing the construction of this project, and we look forward to sharing the progress as we go!

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East Dundee Fire Station Open House- Courier News

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Written by Erin Sauder, Sun Times Media.  September 30, 2014

East Dundee shows off new fire station

East Dundee residents have an opportunity to see what their tax dollars paid for during an open house celebration for the new fire station along Route 25.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the event will also include a dedication ceremony for the building.

“The residents were kind enough to approve the referendum and now they get a chance to see the building for the first time and where their tax dollars have gone,” said Fire Chief Steve Schmitendorf.

Saturday’s event will include tours of the station, refreshments, and activities for kids and adults. The dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

A $5.5 million referendum passed by taxpayers in November of 2012 made possible the new fire station, located near Routes 25 and 72. Fire officials said the area is more centrally located to serve their entire district, which extends as far east as Higgins Road and Route 90. The district serves the villages of East Dundee, South Barrington, Barrington Hills, and unincorporated Kane and Cook counties.

The move also means more room for the East Dundee Police Department which will expand into the fire department’s old building.

Fire officials were able to move into the new building in June.

“We decided to wait and give us some time to get organized to do the dedication,” Schmitendorf said.

He said officials have already noted a great improvement in response times at the new site.

“We’re in a better location to go in lots of different directions,” he said.

And while officials are hoping for good weather Saturday, the event will be held rain or shine.

“We have a big enough station now so we can do a lot inside that we couldn’t do before,” Schmitendorf said.

And because Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5 through Oct. 11, “we’ll do the combination of the fire station dedication along with the open house and roll right into that,” Schmitendorf said.

East Dundee Building Getting Makeover – Courier News

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Written By Erin Sauder, The Courier News. October 1, 2014

East Dundee building getting makeover, second story

Another downtown East Dundee building is set to get a big makeover.

OTTO President Tom Roeser, owner of the site at 220 N. River St., plans to expand and change the design of the building to create office space for about 30 people.

“What [the tenants] want is 11,000 square feet and the building is only 6,000 square feet so we’re going to put a second story on,” Roeser said. “And my intention was to always have the look of the building fit the period of the other buildings in the downtown. And the red brick is way out of place for the downtown area.”

Roeser did not specify which company is taking the space but said demolition on the building will likely happen next week.

Initially, there was talk that the former Rakow office furniture building would be transformed into a two story structure that would be home to two restaurants.

But Roeser said the office space will create more foot-traffic downtown East Dundee.

“An office with 25 or 30 people will help the restaurants at lunch,” he said. “And it doesn’t hurt the parking, which is really a problem. So [this business] winds up being a better fit for the critical mass of the downtown.”

Lamp Construction has been engaged to manage the project, Roeser said. He anticipates it will take about nine months to complete.

East Dundee’s New Fire Station Response Time- Post-Tribune

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Written by Erin Sauder, The Sun-Times Media. June 13, 2014

East Dundee’s new fire station location improves response time

EAST DUNDEE — A year after construction began on East Dundee’s new fire station, officials moved this past week into their new digs along Route 25.

“It’s been great,” said Fire Chief Steve Schmitendorf. “And the biggest thing we’ve noticed — which is what we thought would happen — is that our response time is much better out of this building. Especially anything in the eastern end of our district. Obviously, going back by the old station will take a little longer, but it is downhill and we don’t navigate those narrow streets anymore.”

A $5.5 million referendum approved by taxpayers in November 2012 made possible the new fire station, located near Routes 25 and 72. Fire officials said the area is more centrally located to serve their entire district, which extends as far east as Higgins Road and Interstate 90. The district serves the villages of East Dundee, South Barrington and Barrington Hills, and unincorporated Kane and Cook counties.

The move also means more room for the East Dundee Police Department, which will expand into the fire department’s old building on Third Street.

Fire officials were able to move into the new building Monday.

Schmitendorf said that for the most part, the project stayed on its projected timeline.

“We were maybe two weeks behind what we were hoping for, and that was just because of that tough winter,” he said. “Obviously, we still have some odds and ends to work on; but we can function out here now.”

The land the new fire station is built on is owned by the village. Both fire and village officials agreed to swap the land for the current fire department building. To make the exchange more equitable, since the village was receiving three acres of land with a complete building, East Dundee officials said they would donate $100,000 per year to the East Dundee Fire Protection District — a separate taxing body — for the 20-year life of the loan to build the station to offset payment of the bonds.

A community open house is planned for the fall, to coincide with Fire Prevention Week.

“We’re waiting because we want to do things in the building to spruce it up,” Schmitendorf said.

Village President Lael Miller visited the facility Friday.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “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.”

As for the construction of the village hall and police station, Miller said those projects are going through the final design phase.

“We’re anticipating sometime at the end of summer or early fall we’ll start construction on the police station portion,” he said. “Last I heard, the tentative completion schedule on that is May of next year.”

Miller said work will also begin on the village hall “somewhere in parallel with that.”