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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Lamp Incorporated Supports First Look for Charity at Chicago Auto Show


In early February, a large group from Lamp Incorporated attended the First Look for Charity gala at McCormick Place, an exclusive pre-opening black-tie benefit organized by the Chicago Auto Show. We were proud to be there to support our client, Advocate Health. The event raises money for local charities and is one of Chicagoland’s largest single-day charitable events. This year, the gala supported 18 area nonprofits. Advocate Health’s beneficiary was the Advocate Heart Institute and the Advocate Children’s Heart Institute, for pediatric and adolescent patients.

Lamp Inc team at Auto Show 2017Lamp Inc at Auto Show 2017

It was a wonderful evening, supporting wonderful organizations.

Lamp Incorporated Celebrates the FVAGC 65th Anniversary

In 1952, Clifford Lamp was one of the founding fathers of the FVAGC (Fox Valley Associated General Contractors), a suburban Chicago regional chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. The FVAGC provides networking opportunities, social activities, and assistance to general contractors who are members. Recently, Lamp Incorporated celebrated the 65th anniversary of the organization at the FVAGC Awards banquet.

At the event, Lamp Incorporated received three “Project of the Year” awards:

Construction Management Project Under $5 million—South Elgin Public Works FacilitySouth Elgin Public Works Facility

Construction Management Project Over $5 million—Johnsburg 3-8 Building/District Administrative Office Additions and Renovations

Johnsburg 3-8


New Construction Project Under $3 million—New Banking Facility for Aurora Bank and Trust

Aurora Bank

Lamp Incorporated has been very active with the FVAGC since its founding. Past Lamp Incorporated presidents include:

  • Clifford Lamp—1952-1955
  • LaMar Kidwell—1962-1964
  • Earl Lamp—1974-1975
  • Eugene Lamp—1994-1995
  • Ian Lamp—2016 to present

Currently, Steve Lamp is Chairman of the Education Committee. Ian and Steve are Clifford Lamp’s grandsons.

Check out a few pictures from the FVAGC Awards banquet:


Lamp Incorporated is proud of our commitment to the industry and to this group. Please consider working with Lamp Incorporated on your next project. Contact us today.

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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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


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.

Johnsburg 3-8Johnsburg High School

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


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

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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.



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.

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Lamp Renovating Carpentersville Middle School, Continuing 60 Plus Year Relationship


In 1952, Lamp Construction built Dundee Community High School, a part of Community Unit School District 300. Area population decline in 1982 changed the building to Carpentersville Middle School (CMS). Recent growth over the years on the east side of the district has led to our latest renovation project, converting CMS from a 7th and 8th grade building to a 6th through 8th grade building. In order to make room for these additional students, renovations are required. We are proud to be the Construction Manager on this project.

We will be renovating 15,500 square feet of shop areas into classrooms. The project budget is $2,300,000.00 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July in time for the start of school.

We have been working with Community Unit School District 300 for more than 60 years. We love returning to a building that we originally built and has withstood the test of time. We also love partnering with previous clients—it demonstrates their trust in our ability to do excellent work. Chuck Bumbales, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for CUSD 300, states in a letter of recommendation, “In our estimation, the great strength that Lamp has brought to our projects is in the area of site supervision and project scheduling,” and “The schedules provided by Lamp are extremely detailed and all projects have been delivered on time or ahead of schedule,” and finally, “Lamp maintains excellent communication with building staff and district administration. During construction we met weekly on-site to view progress, solve construction related issues, and coordinate building needs and challenges. Lamp anticipates issues, provides appropriate timelines for project adjustments, and provides detailed minutes of the project needs.” Thank you for your kind words, Chuck!



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