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


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.

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Construction of $44M McHenry School District 156 expansion continues without delay


The McHenry High School District 156 construction on the 70,000-square-foot extension at West Campus has continued without delay, Superintendent Ryan McTague said.

The new Center for Science, Technology, and Industry that broke ground in September is scheduled to open in January 2021. Transition to a freshmen campus at East and 10th-12th grade campus at West will occur in fall of 2021.

Full Article can be retrieved from the Daily Herald via the link below:

District 73 kindergarten center to be complete in mid-June


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)


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.


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.


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.



Ian C. Lamp, President

South Elgin hires Lamp Construction to oversee improvements being made to Panton Mill Park

The contractors hired to supervise construction of South Elgin’s two new fire stations have been tapped to oversee work to be done at Panton Mill Park on the village’s riverfront.

South Elgin Village Board trustees approved a $413,470 contract Monday with Elgin-based Lamp Construction Co. to assist village officials with the daily operations of the construction work, which is scheduled to be completed in time for next August’s annual Riverfest.

The new park is to include a bandshell/stage, concessions stand and restrooms, splash pad, pavilion/shelter and other amenities.

A final design plan with specific cost totals is to be presented early next year, Parks and Recreation Director Kim Wascher said. Bid requests will start going out in February to keep the project on a tight schedule, she said.

The agreement with Lamp covers pre-construction services, direct project supervision, additional general conditions costs, construction services and other work, according to village board documents.

Lamp Construction is in charge of construction of South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District’s new South Elgin fire stations 21 and 23, both of which are to be completed in 2020. The former is being built at 1090 Spring St., replacing the district’s current South Elgin fire headquarters on West State Street, and the latter at 498 South Elgin Blvd.

Village Administrator Steve Super told the board he spoke with fire district officials and was told they were satisfied with Lamp’s management of their projects and the progress being made on the buildings.

In November, the village board hired Wight and Co. to do the design for the new park at fee of $241,500. The raised band shell/stage on the park’s north side is to be used for musical performances and other events and a nearby picnic shelter is to accommodate dozens of people and protect visitors from inclement weather.

A “comfort building” near the center of the park will house concessions, storage space and restrooms, officials said.

The nearly 4-acre park will also have more pedestrian sidewalks and connections to the regional paths that run through South Elgin. A village drop box will be relocated to accommodate a splash pad and minor upgrades are planned for the village hall’s main entrance exterior.

McHenry District 156 breaks ground on 70,000-sq.-ft. Center for Science, Technology, and Industry


McHenry High School District 156 school board members joined with more than 75 local McHenry officials, business leaders, teachers, students and staff Sept. 19 to officially mark the start of construction for the planned 70,000-square-foot Center for Science, Technology and Industry building extension at McHenry High School – West Campus.

For District 156 officials, the groundbreaking event ushers in a new era for McHenry High School since the three-story addition offers state-of-the-art space for learning, and will eventually pave the way for a shift to make East Campus a Freshman Campus. This campus reorganization further establishes McHenry High School as one school community.

“Today we move forward toward a bright, transformative and sustainable future,” said Dr. Ryan McTague, District 156 superintendent. “We are grateful to the voters in our community who played a vital role in making our vision of an ideal future become reality,”

Last November, voters agreed to fund a $44 million bond referendum to implement the district’s building plan, Vision 156 Plan for the Future.

The plan was a result of many community meetings to address aging buildings while creating an equitable and modern educational environment for all District 156 students.

The three-story building extension, which will be built on the northside of West Campus, includes a new main entrance, additional classrooms, a construction lab, a manufacturing lab, advanced graphics lab, broadcasting studio, an advanced environmental / STEM lab, a biomedical lab, INCubatoredu classroom and offices. It also includes a new advanced engineering, computer, and robotics laboratories.

Sue Meyer, former McHenry mayor who headed a committee to support the referendum, said she believes the variety of program offerings in the new extension was a great selling point for the community. Meyer said she’s excited to see the project come to fruition.

Emma Snyder, a junior, volunteered to be part of supporting the referendum and she’s glad future students can benefit from those changes. “I have little sisters so I’m excited for them.”

Start of construction on the West Campus extension follows a busy summer of Phase I improvements at both East Campus and West Campus.

At East Campus, improvements included new interior and exterior LED lighting, a new geothermal HVAC system, new ceilings, and some new flooring.

At West Campus, summer projects included a pool renovation, retention pond improvements, a new student parking lot and 10 new tennis courts.

Full Article can be retrieved from the Daily Herald via the link below:

Residents happy with new Pingree Grove municipal center


About 150 people attended a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday for the new Pingree Grove municipal center, and the verdict was unanimous: It was a much-needed upgrade from the two trailers that used to house village hall.

“It’s such an improvement,” resident Bob Nelson said.

The new building also got major thumbs-up from village accountant Karin Yumping, who showed it off to her husband, Gerry, and daughters, Isabelle and Olivia. “It’s like a dream come true. We are so happy to be in this building, especially to serve better the village and the residents.”

The $4.2 million, 29,000-square-foot building is at 555 Reinking Road, about half a mile north of the old location. The building houses village hall — administrative offices and a meeting room, where the board held its first public meeting July 1 — and a large garage for public works equipment.

The building has LED sensors and other energy-efficient features. It was designed by Kluber Architects and built by Lamp Inc. of Elgin.

Funding included $3 million in 20-year municipal bonds and $1.2 million from developer D.R. Horton.


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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!

The Mission at Agua Fria coverage in the Peoria Today!

Lamp is partnered with Sletten Construction to build the Mission at Agua Fria in Peoria, AZ  – construction is progressing.


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:

Naperville Mag

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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