Lamp Renovating Carpentersville Middle School, Continuing 60 Plus Year Relationship

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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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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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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.

Groundbreaking Event in Peoria, AZ

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Ah, who doesn’t like a groundbreaking event — especially when the spring weather cooperates!

Ian Lamp and Greg Bohlin participated in the groundbreaking for The Mission at Agua Fria in Peoria, AZ.  The owners, engineers, and local dignitaries all convened to witness a new state-of-the-art senior living community being born. Everyone was proud to be a part of such an important project. The local press even covered the event.

The Mission at Agua Fria will accommodate 32 assisted living and 58 memory care private residences, on a rental basis, in a two-story structure totaling 73,865 square feet on a vast 7.2 acres. Sign up for our elist to track our progress. 

Looking Forward to the IAPD/IPRA Conference, January 28-30

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Representatives from LAMP are excited to attend the IAPD/IPRA conference from January 28-30, 2016. The conference is the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves, and conservation agencies in Illinois. The conference offers workshops, educational sessions, and exhibitors where we can expand our knowledge of the best practices, products, and services in the parks and recreation industry.

Lamp has a long history of working in this industry. A few notable projects include:

Village of Algonquin Cornish Park

Park improvements including fountain, clock tower, pedestrian bridge, shelter, gazebo, playground, and outcroppings.

Huntley Park District Community Center Addition and Renovation

Renovated 71,280 SF of existing high school into childcare, fitness center, community rooms, and recreation staff offices. 18,800 SF addition to include auditorium and new main building entrance.

Pinecrest Golf Course Clubhouse Replacement

New 15,000 SF single story clubhouse with walk out basement. New clubhouse includes a larger pro shop, kitchen, bar, and dining area. New rooms include basement cart storage, golf bag storage, club repair, employee lounge, and ground level turn station. Site work includes revised parking lot, city water service, and exterior pavilion.

Dundee Township Park District Picnic Pavilion and Site Work

New park pavilion with all-season restrooms and kitchen. New shelter includes stone fire place with timber frame structure. Concrete slab on grade and well for water. Site work includes gravel parking lot and asphalt paving for handicap parking and ramp to shelter.

See more of our Parks and Recreation work here.

We look forward to staying on the cutting edge of the needs and desires of Parks and Recreation at the IAPD/IPRA Conference!

Would you like to know more about working with Lamp on a Parks and Recreation construction project? Contact us today.

What Are the Future Benefits for 3D Printing in the Construction Industry?

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3d home in ChinaSince its advent, 3D printing has been on a steady path forward. And the further along it moves, the more people have been wondering how it will affect and benefit all industries. In 2015, China managed to 3D print homes and other large-scale structures, making everyone pay attention to the possibilities for 3D printing in construction in particular.

Here are some possible future benefits of 3D printing in construction:

New Shapes and Design Possibilities: 3D printers allow an architect to be totally flexible in the shape of his designs. 3D printing can build curvilinear structures (rather than rectilinear forms). Using a concrete and composite mixture, 3D printers can build these curvilinear structures, which offer the strongest structural design, especially compared to the limits of rectangular forms.

Check out a video explaining the new imaginative designs allowed by 3D printing:

Lower Costs: Costs could be lowered on both a large structure scale and with regard to parts. On a large scale, 3D printed buildings would have potential for far lower materials costs and labor. This could be especially applicable and helpful in 3rd world countries, where better homes could be built for less. And regarding parts, 3D printing would allow spare parts to be printed from any location by any manufacturing company. This could lower both the cost of the part and the time it takes to receive it.

Check out this video showing some of the low-cost 3D printed houses in China, which can be produced for less than $5,000.

3d Lunar BaseRemote Location Construction: And in a totally bizarre and out-of-this-world use of 3D printing, the European Space Agency is considering building a 3D printed lunar village on the moon using lunar soil. This construction could begin in 5 years. And it proves that 3D printing could take us anywhere—there is no application too wild.

3d construction in LondonMore Precise Building: According the managing director of Facit Homes, which is building a 3D Printed Home in London, a 3D Printed home has better and more precise results because a file is passed from a computer to a machine, and is never touched by human hands, so it is never up to interpretation. The file translates directly to an object.

As 3D Printing use in the Construction Industry is in its early stages, it is still too early to tell what will happen. But it’s exciting to watch the change and imagine the future possibilities!

Lamp Staff Provides Holiday Gifts to Two Families

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Gallup’s recent poll reveals the average American family plans to spend $908 on Christmas gifts this year. While most relish in the holiday spirit, there are many who dread the cheer and festivities. In Elgin and specifically in Lamp Inc’s immediate neighborhood, the poverty rate is upwards of 60%. Holiday presents are a luxury many of our neighbors just cannot afford. That’s when it hit us; the staff at Lamp decided to take this opportunity and make the holidays bright for several local families in Elgin.

In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, our staff adopted two families who were struggling significantly this holiday. In total, 17 people will receive a gift this holiday, plus each family will receive a $250 Jewel gift card to cover grocery costs. This spirit of giving really united our team and so we decided not to stop there—an additional 20 families will also receive $100 Jewel gift cards so that they too can enjoy a holiday meal.

We’re tremendously proud of our staff and owe them a big THANK YOU for rallying around people in need in our community.

This holiday, we encourage you to share the giving feeling . Contact the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin to see how you can help!

Lamp Incorporated Announces Ian Lamp as New President and Other Staff Changes

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LEED Certification is a relatively new construction term. While most people have heard of LEED, especially in the construction industry, it’s worth reviewing the basics, since it is redefining the way we think about the places we live, work and learn. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

While “Green” can be thrown around, “LEED Certified” cannot. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that the buildings we construct are built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. For a building to achieve LEED certification, a number of important items must be satisfied, and the building must earn points that assign it to a level of certification.

Check out this video explaining LEED certification:

We have worked to achieve LEED certification on a number of buildings, including the Elgin Community College Health and Career Center, Fox River Valley Water Reclamation District, the FRWRD Administration Building, and many more. We are familiar with and enjoy working to achieve LEED certification on projects where that is a client’s goal.

At Lamp, we believe building green is an opportunity for us to use our resources efficiently and effectively while creating healthier buildings. We use green building practices in order to provide clients financial savings, improved employee health and productivity, and resource efficiency. A few green building practices we employ include:

  • Recycling practices to reduce waste deposited into landfills by utilizing separate dumpsters for cardboard/paper, metal, concrete/masonry, and wood from construction debris
  • Indoor Air Quality Management program
  • Waste Management program

Contact us to learn more about how we can work with you achieve LEED Certification on your next project.

Proud Sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin’s Great Futures Gala

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This weekend, Lamp Inc. will be a proud sponsor of the “Great Futures Gala” hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. The gala will be held this Friday, October 16th at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Center. Tickets and opportunities to volunteer are still available at the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin website.

Help us in supporting this great event and the future of our young community members.

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Join Us for the 100th Annual Elgin Open!

As we leave the summer behind and move into fall, we can’t help but get a few more rounds of golf in before winter hits us. With that in mind, we are proud and honored to be the host of the centennial edition of this year’s Annual Elgin Open.

The 100th Annual Open will open with nine holes on September 26th at Wing Park and eighteen holes on September 27th at The Highlands of Elgin. These rounds act as a qualifier for the flighting to the field. The final rounds will be on October 3rd and 4th at Bowes Creek.

We are pleased to support this tradition dating back to 1910 when E.W. Wing won the title. For more information on the event and to hear thoughts on the event from some esteemed Elginites, read the full article from Elgin Courier-News.

To apply as a participant in the open, download the form here, and mail it to The Highlands (875 Sports Way) or Bowes Creek (1250 Bowes Creek Blvd.) in Elgin, Illinois before September 16. The application deadline is September 18 at 5:00pm.