Chili Cook-Off 2019

It’s that time of year we all look forward to, the annual Skender Chili Cook-off! We had seven contestants enter with Tim Rogers taking the title for the fourth year in a row! Only 364 days till the next Chili Day!

LinkedIn – Interior Expansion

Well this is awkward. Sorry to post about LinkedIn on YouTube, but check out our latest project and the employee-focused features at the expanded LinkedIn Chicago HQ, in collaboration with Gensler, ESD Global and Avison Young.

Fleet Fields – Lincoln Yards

In partnering once again with Sterling Bay, we recently completed a youth community artificial grass soccer field Fleet Fields in the Lincoln Yards neighborhood! Huge shout out to ForeverLawn, Inc. in the turf installation as well as Ailey Solar Electric, Inc. that will help offset 92% energy at the field.

Vital Proteins – Interior Project

Even more epic interior construction completed by Skender in the West Loop. The latest: Vital Proteins’ new HQ in Fulton Market. Check out the fast-growing health supplement retailer’s new digs.

2019 Summer Eclipse

This year’s Summer Eclipse event saw over 500 attendees and raised $411,000 to benefit Little Wish Foundation and other charities geared towards health, education and wellness—amazing! On behalf of Skender Foundation, thanks again to everyone involved for making an impact.

Volunteer Day 2019

Nearly 100 Skender employees, friends and family volunteered on Saturday, June 22 at Skender’s annual volunteer day to build the bed frames for 50 bunk beds. Through a partnership with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), the day will benefit 100 children across the Chicago metropolitan area in need of beds.

Esperanza Brighton Park

When a community is in need of a health center, we’re there to build it. By teaming up with local specialty care and community-based organizations, the new Esperanza Brighton Park health center is ready to serve and help unite this southwest side neighborhood. Take a look at our latest project collaboration with JGMA and McNitt Consulting.

Women In Construction 2019

Hear from just a few of the many hard-working, talented, driven women who work here at Skender and continue to influence our industry.

2018 Highlights

2018 was a productive, high-energy year with many highlights. We are thankful for the people we’ve met, projects we’ve built and partnerships we’ve forged. We look forward to continuing this journey with even more to come in 2019.

Skender Foundation End of Year Thank You

Skender Foundation’s successes in 2018 made a big impact and we are grateful for your support. From the execution of our first endowment fund to unprecedented success at our two fundraising events to an effective volunteer day, 2018 raised the bar for our organization.

Latin School Bridge – Connecting Two Schools

Connecting two schools at different elevations on a tight schedule could be daunting, but thanks to our great partners and project team, we provided Latin School with direct access to the upper school’s new learning commons through a new bridge installation.

Hyatt House Vertical Timelapse

In 18 weeks, we went from foundation and building permit issuance to topping out of Sterling Bay’s new Hyatt House hotel in the West Loop. It couldn’t have been done without our Lean construction approach and great partners.

Skender Core Values – Who We Are

Last week, we showcased our three core values: True Partner, Proactive and Refreshing. They keep us hungry, humble and smart as we revolutionize how the industry builds. Here’s a recap of our core values and what makes Skender who we are.

Refreshing – Skender Core Value

Humbly sharing our experiences and mistakes, valuing new ideas and opinions of each employee, and implementing innovative solutions are ways that we make “refreshing” one of three core values at Skender. There’s no voice too small to be heard.

Proactive – Skender Core Value

We take great pride in our work and stay hungry for new ways to improve, enforcing “proactive” as a critical Skender core value.

True Partner – Skender Core Value

We believe collaboration, respect, clear communication and open-mindedness are essential ingredients to success. That’s why “true partner” is one of our three core values at Skender. When one succeeds, we all succeed. Stay tuned all week as we release videos highlighting each of our core values.

Skender Volunteer Day 2018

For our annual Volunteer Day, we partnered with Solid Rock Carpenters and Appalachia Service Project to build the wall panels of two homes for families in need. Nearly 100 Skender employees, including friends and family, turned out for a fun day and a great cause! Already looking forward to next year!

Successful in San Francisco

We’ve been hard at work in San Francisco for nearly 10 years. From tech giants to healthcare start-ups and everything between, we’re revolutionizing the industry one square-foot at a time. Check out more of our collaborations at

2018 Summer Eclipse

Last month at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Skender Foundation hosted its 7th annual Summer Eclipse event. $380,000 was raised in one night by sponsors and more than 500 attendees. Check out some highlights from the event!

Hyatt House from the Ground-up

Going vertical only happens with expertly planned and executed substructure and foundation. Sterling Bay’s new West Loop Hyatt House hotel was no exception. With innovative thinking from our own project team alongside our great partnerships, we’re bringing the new Hyatt House to life.


Meetings, marketing and mail, oh my! Our corporate interns learned a lot this summer. Check out the fun video they made to see what they did!

Essential Process of Pull-Planning

Every project we take on, we build twice—once in the field and once in the office through pull-planning. As part of our Lean project delivery, which saves our clients time and money, we build by collaborating and gathering important input from everyone involved in the project life cycle.

Interiors Market Video

The personality of an organization comes through the built environment. Constructing and renovating millions of square feet of award-winning interior workspace environments has taught us to see every project differently—from tech startups to established law firms.

Hyatt House – Planning the Project

An inside glimpse at a portion of the significant collaboration and planning that went into the new 14-story, 167,000-SF Hyatt House Hotel – developed by Sterling Bay and designed by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

Sprout Social – Interior Showcase

Sprout Social collaborated with Skender and Partners by Design to expand its HQ by 64,000 square feet. Skender served as general contractor on the social media management company’s original HQ build-out in 2016.

4-Story Stair Atrium – Phase Update Fire Shutter and Coordination

Project Manager Greg Koziol​ describes the next phase of constructing a 4-story stair atrium for a confidential client. The Skender team took on all necessary coordination as well as the implementation of a protective fire shutter on every level to continue the builds of the stairwell and atrium.

Vertical Integration

By unifying design, construction and manufacturing under one roof, we’re revolutionizing how the industry builds.

AHA #GoRed Campaign

On February 20, Skender Foundation sponsored an event for the American Heart Association and its #GoRed campaign to help spread awareness about heart disease. Dr. Annabelle Santos Volgman from Rush University Medical Center was there to present her insight and expertise.

Elgin Tower Building

Skender recently completed the 60,000-square-foot, 15-story rehabilitation of the Elgin Tower Building, a historic centerpiece in downtown Elgin, Illinois. Condemned in 2014 due to a fire, the former bank-turned-office building underwent a complete gut rehab transformation into 44 market-rate apartment units with modern finishes. Skender, serving as general contractor, collaborated with St. Louis-based architect Webster Design, owner Capstone Development Group and the City of Elgin to complete the monumental project.

GGP New HQ Tour

Skender recently completed interior construction of the 176,000-square-foot headquarters for retail real estate company GGP at River North Point. This video highlights the new, three-floor space. The project was a collaboration between GGP, Skender, ARCHIDEAS, Environmental Systems Design, JLL and a team of talented trade specialists.


Skender is going red for women to help support the American Heart Association’s #GoRed Campaign to bring awareness and learn more about heart disease.

4-Story Stair Atrium – Phase Update Steel & Concrete

One of our superintendents, Mike Brooks, walks us through the first phase of constructing a 4-story stair atrium for a confidential client. It was a great coordinating effort between the Skender team, designers, framers, surveyors and many more to get this stairwell underway.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. wanted to move its HQ to a new 90,000 SF space in downtown Chicago. They partnered with Skender Construction to build out the new space in One Prudential Plaza by Millennium Park with amazing features of metal mesh walls, two-story connecting stair, and custom graphics of sports fields on their cafe floor.

Motorola Mobility: The Helicopter Lift

Planning a helicopter lift at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago is complex. A number of challenges presented themselves – from pedestrian safety to lifting heavy mechanical equipment from a barge on the Chicago River.

Midtown Crossing Apartments

The four-story Midtown Crossing Apartments building, by Over the Rainbow Association (OTR), contains 33 affordable, barrier-free and accessible apartments. In addition to OTR, the project team consisted of Skender Construction as general contractor, Weese Langley Weese as architect and Lightengale as financial consultant.

360¡ of GGP New Office Space

For the new 176,000-square-foot office space being built by Skender Construction for GGP Inc., K13 insulation is applied to help keep noise levels down in the open-office floor plan.

The Climate Corporation’s Chicago Office

The Climate Corporation’s 21,000-square-foot Chicago office, built by Skender Construction and designed by Shive-Hattery with COR Consulting as owner’s representative. The Climate Corporation is a subsidiary of Monsanto Company and creator of digital tools to help farmers sustainably increase their productivity.

Skender Completes 52,000-SF Office Build-out for Glassdoor

Skender Construction recently completed a 52,000-square-foot office build-out for Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing job sites.

Located at 1330 W. Fulton Market in Chicago, the new open office workspace spans one and a half floors and features curved glass and drywall throughout, metal and wood integrated millwork, a curved operable partition, as well as two kitchens and a café.

Skender collaborated with design firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and owner’s representative Project Management Advisors, Inc. to complete the two-story build-out. Click here to watch a video of Glassdoor’s new space.

Glassdoor’s Chicago Office

Skender completed a 52,000-SF office build-out for Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing job sites. Located at 1330 W. Fulton Market in Chicago, the new open office workspace spans one and a half floors and features curved glass, metal and wood integrated millwork, a curved operable partition, two kitchens and a cafe. Skender collaborated with design firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and owner’s representative Project Management Advisors, Inc.

Skender Foundation’s Harvesting Hope 2017: Benefiting Snow City Arts

Skender Foundation hosted its sixth annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser, hosted by the organization’s Builders’ Board. Thanks to the event hosts, sponsors and 300 attendees, Skender Foundation was able to donate $37,000 to Snow City Arts, a non-profit organization providing art education to young patients in local hospitals. For more information, visit

Skender Construction HQ Moves to 1330 W Fulton

Experience #SkenderHQ move-in day! We captured initial employee reactions and reflections on day one at 1330 W Fulton, a Sterling Bay property known as Fulton West. Special thanks to our architect, Perkins+Will.

Skender Foundation Summer Eclipse Event 2017

Skender Foundation hosted its sixth annual fundraiser, Summer Eclipse, on July 20, 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). This yearÕs event highlighted Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), an award-winning organization that serves children across the entire city with a simple philosophyÑto impact the long-term outcome of a childÕs life, you must serve the child long-term.

A total of $400,000 was raised in one night by sponsors and more than 500 event attendees. Of that, $30,000 will be donated to CYP while the balance will be dispersed to other charities dedicated to education and wellness throughout the year. In 2016, Skender Foundation donated to more than 100 different charity organizations.

Timelapse of Skender’s “Blueprint for Growth”

Our “Blueprint for Growth” goal reminds us to maintain our core values and culture as we grow. This video shows the mural installation by artist Amanda Paulson at our new headquarters. For more on building cultures, listen to the #WorkTrends interview with Skender’s Lisa Latronico:

The Capital One “Superfloor”

“One of the ways that we show we value our employees is giving them a great workplace,” said Hannah French, Capital One’s senior manager of workplace solutions. Capital One partnered with Skender to build its 50th “superfloor” into a collaborative, inviting and flexible workspace.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Project

Mead Johnson’s Molly McDermott discusses her experience working with Skender on the interior construction of Mead Johnson’s new 64,000-SF office at 444 W. Lake Street, Chicago.

CTA Train Car Lift

It’s not every day that we get to lift a retired Chicago CTA train car to the roof of a building. This brief video documents our experience from earlier this year. Many thanks to all those who helped make it happen!

Hard at Work

A brief glimpse of Skender’s construction work for a confidential tech client in Fulton Market.

1330 W Fulton Market Progress

Skender built out the interior of its own new corporate HQ at 1330 W. Fulton Market. This video is a fun highlight reel of the first half of interior construction.

Cision Case Study

Peter Granat, CEO of Chicago-based Cision, talks about the construction of Cision’s new corporate headquarters.

1871 2.0

An interview with Howard Tullman (CEO, 1871) on the expansion of 1871, the people behind this “startup factory” and the difference between and vendor and a partner.

American Society of Anesthesiologists

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. Since its founding in 1905, the Society’s achievements have made it an important voice in American Medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. In 2014, ASA moved their headquarters from Park Ridge to Schaumburg, IL. This new 3-story, glass-faade building was highly customized to serve their many needs and performs a variety of functions.

Motorola Mobility: The Labs

Constructing laboratory space at Motorola Mobility’s new corporate headquarters required a specialized approach.

What our Clients and Project Partners Say

We asked our clients and project partners to comment on their experience with Skender Construction after the completion of Motorola Mobility. Thank you to CBRE, Gensler, Motorola Mobility and Google for participating.

Motorola Mobility: Smart Project Management

Skender Construction’s project management team used many methods to build 600,000 square feet of office, research and laboratory space for Motorola Mobility’s new corporate headquarters at the Merchandise Mart.

Motorola Mobility: A Historic Transformation at the Merchandise Mart

Adaptive reuse projects are challenging, yet very rewarding. Skender Construction and other project partners had a lot to consider when they transformed three full floors at the Merchandise Mart, an 80-year-old building into the new corporate headquarters for Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Mobility: The Plan

How did Skender Construction’s project management team approach an aggressive schedule to build Motorola Mobility’s new corporate headquarters? Smart planning includes all players and incorporates collaboration from the start.