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Chicago’s Coolest Offices: 78 entries. 3 judges. 11 winners. Tour the winning spaces. #ccboffice

Check out Chicago's 11 coolest offices named by Crain's Chicago Business. We're honored to have built these cutting edge spaces for Sterling Bay, Beam Suntory, Capital One and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Read More

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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! Read More

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San Francisco’s largest office leases in so far in 2018 – San Francisco Business Times

“The driving force, experts said, is seemingly endless demand from tech companies at the same time as office vacancy fell to 4.7 percent during the third quarter.” Read More

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BOMA & HCI’s 2018 Real Estate Healthcare Symposium

Join us at this year's BOMA/Suburban Chicago & Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago Chapter 2018 Real Estate Healthcare Symposium, where Jenny Han, our own Director of Operations and a health care design expert, will lead a panel on innovations in healthcare real estate. Jenny will lead the discussion on how innovation plays a key role… Read More

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Skender Starts 85,000-SF Training Center Addition and Renovation for Chicagoland Laborers’ Union

Skender recently started construction of an 85,000-SF training center addition and renovation for the Chicagoland Laborers' Union. Read More

Skender Starts 85,000-SF Training Center Addition and Renovation for Chicagoland Laborers’ Union

Skender, serving as general contractor, recently started construction of a 55,000-square-foot steel structure addition and 30,000-square-foot office renovation to the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Chicagoland Laborers’ District Council Training and Apprentice Fund Training Center. Located at 5700 W. Homer, the training center is seeking to expand its existing facility to accommodate more… Read More

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Multifamily Design Expert Angela Spadoni Joins Skender as Director of Residential Architecture

We are thrilled to welcome multifamily design expert Angela Spadoni as Skender's new director of residential architecture! Read More

Multifamily Design Expert Angela Spadoni Joins Skender as Director of Residential Architecture

Angela Spadoni, AIA, has joined Skender as director of residential architecture, where she will oversee multifamily design projects, including the design of housing modules produced in Skender’s new Chicago manufacturing facility. With more than 10 years of international and domestic experience, Spadoni brings to Skender an impressive background in multifamily, condominium, retail and high-rise design.… Read More

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Nearly 100 Skender employees, friends and family volunteered this weekend to complete the framing of…

Nearly 100 Skender employees, friends and family volunteered this weekend to complete the framing of two houses that are being shipped to families in need in Rainelle, WV. Loved the opportunity to partner with Solid Rock Carpenters and benefit Appalachia Service Project! #skendergives Read More

Top 10 ways to build smarter

As material and labor prices escalate every day, building process economics are playing an increasingly critical role in every project. Firms involved in the commercial building process across the industry must look for innovative ways to deliver high-quality projects while stemming the tide of rising costs. Collaboration, transparency and waste reduction are key to an… Read More

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Confronting the challenge of affordable housing

“While the need hasn’t gone away, creating workforce housing continues to be a challenge ... So what is the current state of affordable housing and what might be its prognosis?” Read More

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Skender Adds AZEK Company HQ to Fulton Market Portfolio

Thrilled to add The AZEK Company to our Fulton Market portfolio! We recently started interior construction of their new HQ space at 1330 W. Fulton in collaboration with Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) and JLL. Read More

5 ‘Giant’ Trends Poised to Change the Face of Construction

As the Building Design+Construction editorial team wrapped up work on the 42nd annual Giants 300 report in late June, a number of intriguing industry trends and themes bubbled to the surface. Some are new to us, others simply confirmed our original notions. The Giants 300 report agglomerates financial data and business dealings from the nation’s… Read More

Skender Adds AZEK Company HQ to Fulton Market Portfolio

Skender recently started interior construction of the 24,000-square-foot headquarters for The AZEK Company, a Skokie-based industry leader of premium building products with manufacturing facilities in Scranton, PA and Wilmington, OH. The AZEK Company is relocating from its current offices in Skokie to accommodate the business’s rapid growth and future needs. Once complete, the third-floor open-plan… Read More

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To Keep Talent In Chicago’s Suburbs, Office Landlords Improve The Tenant Experience

Bringing the cool factor by blending amenities with tech! This was a great design collaboration to help Farpoint Development LLC attract tenants to 6300 River Road in Rosemont. Skender is thrilled to be part of it! #design Read More

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The New Vertical: Skender’s new vertical integration system puts design, manufacturing and construction on one…

Hot off the press! Check out "The New Vertical" feature story in this month's Chicago Architect magazine. It nicely encapsulates our vertical integration and new modular capabilities. AIA Chicago #modular #design #designbuild Pete Murray Timothy Swanson #construction Read More

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Skender Starts Work on Independent Living Facility Rehabilitation

We're excited to work with repeat client Preservation Partners on the FitzGerald-designed rehabilitation of Westmont I-Care, an independent living facility located in Westmont, Illinois. Read More

Skender Starts Work on Independent Living Facility Rehabilitation

Skender, serving as construction manager, has started work on the full-building rehabilitation of Westmont I-Care, an affordable housing development located at 501 North Cass Avenue in Westmont, Illinois. The five-story independent living facility is owned by Preservation Partners, a privately-held real estate company (and repeat Skender client) that specializes in the rehabilitation and permanent preservation… Read More

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C.H. Robinson – The Sasquatch-sized Sterling Bay Project

19 weeks and 207,000 square feet of interior construction: We successfully completed C.H. Robinson's new tech-focused office, the first property in Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards development. Read More

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C.H. Robinson – The Sasquatch-sized Sterling Bay Project

19 weeks and 207,000 square feet of interior construction: We successfully completed C.H. Robinson’s new tech-focused office, the first property in Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development. Read More

Skender Completes 225K-SF Restack for HERE’s Americas HQ

Skender recently completed a 225,000-square-foot restack for location intelligence provider HERE Technologies at 475 N. Randolph St. Amsterdam-based HERE recently designated the Chicago office, now totaling more than 275,000 square feet, as the company’s Americas headquarters.   Read More

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Top 125 Reconstruction Work Contractors + CM Firms [2018 Giants 300 Report]

Skender climbs 7 spots in 2018 to the No. 27 Reconstruction (Renovation) Contractor in the United States! Read More

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Skender Foundation : Harvesting Hope 2018

Harvesting Hope is two weeks away! Get your tickets today to support Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit organization that educates children, families and the community about good nutrition. Join us October 18 at Morgan's on Fulton and the official after party at Federales! #harvestinghope #skendergives #purpleasparagus Read More

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Skender Completes 225,000-SF Restack Project for HERE Technologies’ New Americas HQ

Skender recently completed a 225,000-SF restack project for HERE Technologies' new Americas HQ in Chicago's Boeing Building. Read More

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Skender Completes 225,000-SF Restack Project for HERE Technologies’ New Americas HQ

Skender recently completed a 225,000-SF restack project for HERE Technologies' new Americas HQ in Chicago's Boeing Building. Read More

Skender Completes 225,000-SF Restack Project for HERE Technologies’ New Americas HQ

Skender recently completed interior construction of the 225,000-square-foot office space for HERE Technologies, the leading location intelligence and open location platform company, at 425 West Randolph Street. HERE Technologies recently designated the Chicago office, now totaling more than 275,000 square feet, as the company’s Americas headquarters. Throughout eight floors of the Boeing Building, the HERE… Read More

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Skender Delivers Loyola University Lab

“The facade was built using smart technology in the form of sensors that change the color of the glass according to the sunlight’s intensity. Thus, the glass becomes less transparent at sunset.” Read More

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We are proud to be named one of the top 100 healthcare contractors in the…

We are proud to be named one of the top 100 healthcare contractors in the U.S. Read More

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Skender Starts Work on Independent Living Facility Rehabilitation

We are excited to be working with repeat client OTR (Over The Rainbow Association) on the Weese Langley Weese Architects-designed rehabilitation of Arboretum West Apartments, an independent living facility located in Lombard, Illinois. Read More

Skender Starts Work on Independent Living Facility Rehabilitation

Skender, serving as construction manager, has started work on the full-building rehabilitation of Arboretum West Apartments, an affordable housing development located in Lombard, Illinois. The two-story independent living facility is owned by Over the Rainbow Association (OTR), an Illinois nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable, barrier-free housing solutions for people with physical disabilities. All 14… Read More

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The Next Phase in Office Design is Here

“The changing nature of work and the technologies that drive marketplace competition require the office to be adaptable, comfortable, and able to move fluidly in support of the next project, the next new idea, and the next team created to bring those ideas and projects to life.” Read More

Tech & Modular Construction: Disrupting the Traditional Development Process

Registration is still open for tomorrow's talk on Tech & Modular Construction with Urban Land Institute in Chicago! Listen to Skender CDO Timothy Swanson talk with fellow panelists about innovative ways to reduce the cost and timeline for delivering new developments. Read More

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Interested in joining an award-winning workplace culture? Visit us at Purdue University’s School of Construction…

Interested in joining an award-winning workplace culture? Visit us at Purdue University's School of Construction Management Technology Career Fair this Friday to learn more! #boilerup #constructionmanagement #boilermakers #purdue Read More

The Hidden Costs of Open Ceilings

Open ceilings are a signature element of most contemporary office designs because of the spaciousness and casual, cool vibe they add to a space. Many decision-makers also assume open ceilings are less expensive than drop ceiling because they use less materials, labor, and time. But, do those assumptions play out in reality? A 2008 study of retail… Read More

7 Myths Surrounding Hotel Conversions and Renovations

“Conversions, renovations, and franchise affiliation changes, oh my!”—this doesn’t have to be your theme song if you find yourself embarking on a hotel repositioning effort. It’s important to be aware of the myths surrounding hotel conversion projects to dispense with some of the headaches that plague others who are not in the know. Myth 1: “To… Read More

The future of the ambulatory surgery centers and acuity levels

Offering the one-two punch of cost savings and convenience, ASCs are increasingly becoming the venue of choice for both physicians and patients. Few would argue that the healthcare landscape is rapidly evolving. Today’s healthcare consumer has become far more engaged, not only demanding a greater level of personalization and convenience in their healthcare experience, but… Read More

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We’re proud to be hosting tonight’s CSI Chicago Chapter monthly meeting. Skender CDO Timothy Swanson…

We’re proud to be hosting tonight’s CSI Chicago Chapter monthly meeting. Skender CDO Timothy Swanson digs into the idea of buildings as products with his presentation on the benefits of factory-manufactured buildings for the 21st century. Read More

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Skender Partners with Solid Rock Carpenters for Annual Volunteer Day

We are excited to partner with SOLID ROCK CARPENTERS for our annual volunteer day! On October 13, we will be building wood wall panels for single-family homes to be shipped to low-income territories chosen by the Appalachia Service Project. The day will take place onsite at Skender's new advanced manufacturing facility. Read More

Skender Partners with Solid Rock Carpenters for Annual Volunteer Day

Skender’s annual employee volunteer day will take on new importance this year as Framing Day—a day to volunteer locally and build housing to then be shipped in modules to where it is needed most. Through a partnership with Solid Rock Carpenters, the day will benefit the Appalachia Service Project and take place on Saturday, October… Read More

Skender Wraps Up Work on Flex Lab for Loyola

Skender has completed the construction of Loyola University Chicago’s new 10,000-square-foot engineering science flex laboratory. The new single-story building is intended to provide open space, movable furniture and equipment, and a collaborative environment for the university’s engineering science program. Along with meeting the needs of engineering and other STEM students at Loyola, the new facility… Read More

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Solar Energy Works for Illinois – Monthly Live Webinar Series

You don't want to miss this one - Skender Senior Project Manager Sean Moran is leading a free webinar tomorrow on net zero construction and how solar energy can pay dividends for the life of your building. Sign up at the link below! Sean is a LEED Accredited Professional and is Passive House Institute Builder… Read More

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Women’s Workshop

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Skender Named a San Francisco Bay Area Best and Brightest Company to Work For

Skender was recently named a San Francisco Bay Area Best and Brightest Company to Work For! We opened our local San Francisco office in 2016, expanded the following year and have grown the local team to now comprise more than 20 construction experts. #growth #SF #construction Read More

Skender Named a San Francisco Bay Area Best and Brightest Company to Work For

Skender was recently named as one of San Francisco Bay Area’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The award recognizes companies that excel at employee relations, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs and more. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based… Read More

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Can the modern office work for both introverts and extroverts?

“While it would appear that introverts are beginning to reclaim their right to solitude in the office, evidence shows that from time to time even their non-introvert colleagues yearn for the same.” Read More

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Skender Completes Loyola University Chicago Engineering Science Flex Laboratory

Skender recently completed Loyola University Chicago's Engineering Science Flex Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility designed to put engineering on display. Our team successfully collaborated with SmithGroup, Elara Engineering and Thornton Tomasetti to complete this unprecedented, tech-forward building for Loyola. Read More

Skender Completes Loyola University Chicago Engineering Science Flex Laboratory

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has completed the construction of Loyola University Chicago’s new 10,000-square-foot engineering science flex laboratory located near the intersection of North Broadway and Sheridan Road. The mission of the new single-story building is to provide open space, movable furniture and equipment, and a collaborative environment for the… Read More

Skender’s Healthcare Portfolio Growing as Firm Completes Several Projects for Major Chicago Health System

Skender’s healthcare team has won construction management assignments for several projects throughout Chicago. Among the projects recently started or nearing completion: NM Immediate Care Clinic (West Loop, Chicago) – 5,500-SF build-out in new core and shell building at 171 N. Aberdeen featuring six exam rooms, an x-ray room, infusion treatment areas, laboratory space, staff lounge and… Read More

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New paths ahead: HERE’s reopened American HQ has room for 1,400 employees

The new 275,000-SF, Skender-built American HQ for HERE Technologies is now open for business. We are proud to be part of this impressive project and team. Read More

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The Premier Conference on High-Performance Building Enclosures.

Join us this Friday at the Chicago Facades+ Conference, where Skender CDO Tim Swanson will delve into the future of building facades from our modular factory. Tickets and info here: https://lnkd.in/gf8YS3a Read More

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Skender Foundation : Harvesting Hope 2018

Harvesting Hope is one month away! Get your tickets today to support Purple Asparagus, a nonprofit organization that educates children, families and the community about good nutrition. Join us October 18 at Morgan's on Fulton. #harvestinghope #nutrition #purpleasparagus Read More

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Vertical gardens: Wellness oases in the urban jungle

“When there’s only so much real estate available in urban centers for parks, how’s a developer to bring in more green with biophilic design?” Read More

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Skender Ranks Among Nation’s Top 130 Contractors

Skender ranked at No. 67 among the nation’s top multifamily contractors in Building Design+Construction magazine's recently published 2018 Giants 300 Report. #multifamily Read More

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The US Navy’s next supercarrier is 50% complete — watch the latest 1,000-ton chunk drop…

“The modular approach has allowed the shipbuilder to reach this point in construction 14 months earlier than it was reached on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy's first-in-class Ford-class carrier, the company said.” Read More

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2018 Multifamily Executive Conference

Our own Timothy Swanson, chief design officer, will be speaking next week at MFE: Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas. Learn more about this exciting event here: Read More

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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 skender.com/sanfrancisco Read More

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6 Tips For Transforming A Warehouse Into A Loft-Style Office

“For office tenants accustomed to the Class-A, turnkey experience of leasing space in Chicago’s central business district, the process of an interior build-out in the West Loop could come as a shock.” Read More

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Skender’s Timothy Swanson stopped by WGN Radio AM 720 this afternoon to talk with Steve…

Skender's Timothy Swanson stopped by WGN Radio AM 720 this afternoon to talk with Steve Bertrand about modular construction and the future of building. Listen to Tim's segment at the 21:20 mark here: https://bit.ly/2QnsiUr Read More

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Chicago becomes seventh city in the world to achieve LEED for Cities Platinum certification

"Chicago ranked as the country’s greenest city by the Green Building Adoption Index for the second year in a row." Read More

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Skender’s Healthcare Portfolio Growing as Firm Completes Several Projects for Major Chicago Health System

Skender’s healthcare portfolio continues to grow as we recently completed several projects for Northwestern Medicine. #healthcareconstruction Read More

Skender’s Healthcare Portfolio Growing as Firm Completes Several Projects for Major Chicago Health System

Skender’s healthcare team has won construction management assignments for several projects throughout Chicago. Among the projects recently started or nearing completion: Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Clinic (West Loop, Chicago) – 5,500-SF build-out in new core and shell building at 171 N. Aberdeen featuring six exam rooms, an x-ray room, infusion treatment areas, laboratory space, staff… Read More

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Skender Ranks Among Nation’s Top 130 Contractors

Skender ranked at No. 80 out of 130 U.S.-based contractors in Building Design+Construction magazine's recently published 2018 Giants 300 Report, which ranks U.S. building contractors by annual revenue. Read More

Skender Ranks Among Nation’s Top 130 Contractors

Skender ranked among the top 130 construction firms in the U.S., according to a report compiled by Building Design+Construction magazine. As part of the publication’s 2018 Giants 300 Report, which ranks U.S. building contractors by annual revenue, Skender earned the No. 80 spot with 2017 revenues of $400 million. Building Design+Construction also ranks U.S. contractors… Read More

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Lean, tech, talent training highlight contractor innovations

“From 5D estimating tools to interactive punch lists, the nation’s largest construction and construction management firms continue to push technology to gain an edge.” Read More

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Manufacturing modular buildings “has opened us up already to wild new materials we haven’t been…

Manufacturing modular buildings "has opened us up already to wild new materials we haven’t been able to touch, because we can use them at scale, and allows us to explore new ways of experience and design within a building, because we’re starting to standardize the process of putting things together." - Skender CDO Timothy Swanson… Read More

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5 Design Trends That Will Make Your Office More Productive–and Look Amazing

“As Inc. sifts through the contenders for the World's Coolest Offices list each year, several design elements and philosophies tend to run through many of the hottest, newest spaces.” Read More

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Why Paying Attention to This Overlooked Office Feature Might Have a Huge Productivity Payoff

Why Paying Attention to This Overlooked Office Feature Might Have a Huge Productivity Payoff Read More

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Edward Burke attended the topping out ceremony for Esperanza Health…

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Edward Burke attended the topping out ceremony for Esperanza Health Centers’ new medical clinic in Brighton Park. Built by Skender, the state-of-the-art facility will provide high-quality healthcare for an underserved population. Read More

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Come check out our Skender Foundation sponsored K9, Chi-Lo, created by our very own Courtney…

Come check out our Skender Foundation sponsored K9, Chi-Lo, created by our very own Courtney Boatwright! Located at 450 Cityfront Plaza. #k9sforcops Read More

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Contractors expect more change in next 5 years than past 50

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Six design elements for a more productive office | JLL Real Views

“The six most important elements in an office that boost worker productivity by aiding with everything from concentration to wellness” Read More

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Built To Move | HCD Magazine

“Designing for flexibility in healthcare is a necessity. Design and building professionals must ... work together to implement solutions like modular systems that support streamlined and ongoing facilities projects.” Read More

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Senior Living Interior Design Evolves to Meet Boomers’ Tastes – Senior Housing News

A closer look at the fast-changing design trends for the senior living industry. Read More

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Big day yesterday as we celebrated construction “topping out” at our 14-story Hyatt House hotel…

Big day yesterday as we celebrated construction “topping out” at our 14-story Hyatt House hotel project! Now that we have reached the structure’s final height, Skender moves onto building enclosure and interior roughing. Congrats to all! #skenderatwork Read More

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What Kind of Workplace Will Attract Gen Z? Just Ask the Colleges

“Five things higher ed can teach us about the next generation of employees” Read More

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Top 10 ways to build smarter – San Francisco Business Times

Skender highlights ways to build smarter in the San Francisco Business Times: “When employed comprehensively, this advice can have a huge impact on quality and costs.” Read More

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Trying to reduce construction costs in SoMa? Look up to the ceiling – San Francisco…

“It’s natural to make the assumption that an informal, exposed ceiling is less expensive than a suspended ceiling — but the reality is often quite different.” Read More

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Vote Here!

Teamed up with Gensler, our CANstruction team built a Keith Haring art piece. Keith Haring was no stranger to how art brings to light social issues, and he understood the impact and importance of speaking up and creating a more just and fulfilled world. Here in Chicago, where a new exhibit of Haring’s murals are on display,… Read More

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Skender Completes POAH Project in Woodlawn – Connect Media Commercial Real Estate News

“Woodlawn Station features a main building with 55 units, and two additional nearby buildings containing 12 and three units respectively.” Read More

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DuPage Medical Group adds 7 clinics

Congrats to DuPage Medical Group! Skender is proud to have been part of the design team on these clinics.  Read More

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Seventh Annual Summer Eclipse Raises $380,000 for Local Charities – August 15, 2018

“Since its 2012 inception, Skender Foundation has raised over $2,300,000 for more than 200 charitable organizations.” Read More

Seventh Annual Summer Eclipse Raises $380,000 for Local Charities

Skender Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Summer Eclipse, on Thursday, July 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. A total of $380,000 was raised in one night by sponsors and more than 500 event attendees. Of that, $30,000 will be donated to The Bridge Teen Center while the balance will be dispersed to other… Read More

Skender Completes Prezi’s 3-story, 20,000-SQFT Office in San Francisco

Skender, serving as general contractor, has completed the renovation of Prezi’s three-floor, 20,000-square-foot office suite in San Francisco’s growing SoMa (South of Market) District. Skender completed the renovations for this innovative presentation software technology company in partnership with architect Gensler. Read More

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Skender Completes Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Development on Chicago’s South Side

Skender, in collaboration with design firm Nia Architects, Inc and owner Preservation of Affordable Housing, recently completed Woodlawn Station, a transit-oriented affordable housing development on Chicago's South Side. #affordablehousing Read More

Skender Completes Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Development on Chicago’s South Side

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, recently completed Woodlawn Station, a transit-oriented affordable housing development in Chicago, Illinois. Located just under the Cottage Grove Green Line CTA terminus station in Chicago South Side neighborhood Woodlawn, the mixed-use development features a main building that contains 55 units and two additional nearby buildings containing… Read More

Skender completes affordable TOD on Chicago’s South Side

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, recently completed Woodlawn Station, a transit-oriented affordable housing development in Chicago. Located just under the Cottage Grove Green Line CTA terminus station in Chicago South Side neighborhood Woodlawn, the mixed-use development features a main building that contains 55 units and two additional nearby buildings containing 12… Read More

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Skender Completes Prezi’s 3-story Office Renovation in San Francisco

Skender recently completed a 3-story renovation for Prezi in San Francisco. This fast-paced project was an exciting collaboration with Gensler. #renovation #prezi #SoMa Read More

Skender Completes Prezi’s 3-story Office Renovation in San Francisco

Skender, serving as general contractor, has completed the renovation of Prezi’s three-floor, 20,000-square-foot office suite in San Francisco’s growing SoMa (South of Market) District. Skender completed the renovations for this innovative presentation software technology company in partnership with architect Gensler. Similar to many tech firms, Prezi searched for a new home within the competitive San… Read More

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More contractors are turning to offsite production for speed and quality

“Offsite production is alluring to AEC firms and their clients at a time when the industry is struggling with scarce skilled labor and building material cost escalation.” Read More

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Elgin Tower Building wins preservation award

Congrats to all our project partners! Our Elgin Tower project just earned "one of the most prestigious preservation awards in the state:" the 2018 Landmark Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation preservation award for adaptive reuse. Read More

Elgin Tower Building Wins Preservation Award

The recent rehabilitation of the Tower Building in Elgin is being recognized with "one of the most prestigious preservation awards in the state," as one Elgin historic preservation planner put it. The 1929, 15-story former office building at 100 E. Chicago St. reopened in late January after being converted into 44 apartments. It is the… Read More

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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. Read More

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Skender Completes Interior Construction of New 207,000-square-foot C.H. Robinson Office in Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development

Skender recently completed interior construction of C.H. Robinson's new 207,000-SF office in Chicago's Lincoln Yards Development. Designed by Vocon and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the office is the first riverfront property in the Sterling Bay-owned development. Read More

Skender Completes Interior Construction of New 207,000-square-foot C.H. Robinson Office in Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development

Skender, serving as general contractor, recently completed interior construction of a new, 207,000-square-foot office for C.H. Robinson, a Fortune 500 third-party logistics and supply chain management provider. The office, located at 1515 W. Webster, is the first riverfront property in Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development, a contender for the Amazon HQ2 bid. C.H. Robinson relocated… Read More

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Jenny Han, our director of operations, spent the weekend speaking to high school students at…

Jenny Han, our director of operations, spent the weekend speaking to high school students at the Global Leadership Conference for Korean American Leaders. Jenny is a dedicated mentor and teacher to the next generation of leaders, and we are proud to have her as part of the Skender family! Read More

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Landmarks Illinois announces 2018 Preservation Award Recipients

The Elgin Tower Building recently earned a 2018 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for adaptive reuse. In February, Skender completed a 60,000-square-foot rehabilitation of the 15-story historic centerpiece in downtown Elgin, Illinois. #adaptivereuse Read More

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Infill Redevelopment, a Long Game Perfect for Architects

"Creating a high-performance home chassis that can be configurable, permit-able, and quickly manufactured allows us to work directly with the families that will call these buildings home to define and design them in a fraction of the time of traditional construction.”  #design #infill #redevelopment  Read More

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The Hidden Costs of Open Ceilings

Skender has renovated millions of square feet of award-winning interior workspace environments. Our recent article for Work Design Magazine explores the hidden costs of open ceilings. Read More

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Modern Fit-Outs Demand New Tech and Human Intellect

“By leveraging space utilization and fit-out technology tools, workplace strategists can gain a deeper understanding of where things are now and where they need to go next.” Read More

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Intern-It-Up!

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! Read More

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Healthcare market trends 2018: Health systems get leaner, more resilient

“Hospitals set their sights on improving patient convenience and operational efficiency.” Read More

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Chicago’s top workplace rooftops

The Skender-built interior environment for GGP "was focused on creating many kinds of work seating, but in June that ethos spilled onto a spacious third-floor terrace.” Read More

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Big-picture thinking: Seven large-scale smart construction approaches

7 large-scale approaches to controlling construction costs by Clay Edwards.  Read More

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Skender Opening Modular Building Factory In South Lawndale

“There is a convergence happening between manufacturing, development and construction, and this is the right time and place to do this.” Read More

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Contractor plans factory-built apartment project in West Loop

We are excited to welcome Pete Murray to team Skender. Leveraging his extensive experience in manufacturing and operations, Pete will oversee Skender's new modular building business unit. Learn more in Crain's ...  Read More

Contractor plans factory-built apartment project in West Loop

Skender, a Chicago contractor, is taking a big step into the modular construction business, leasing factory space on the Southwest Side where as many as 100 people will build apartments and hotel rooms to be snapped together on construction sites. Skender has hired a leader to run its new modular unit and is moving ahead… Read More

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Contractor plans factory-built apartment project in West Loop

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Skender Announces New Advanced Manufacturing Facility for Modular Building, Creates 100 New Jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side

New Skender Manufacturing president, Peter Murray, announces production start and first modular project, a six-story multifamily building in West Loop CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) – Today, Chicago-based Skender announced the creation of 100 new jobs in the City of Chicago, made possible with the opening of the new Skender advanced manufacturing facility, and the hiring… Read More

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Offsite construction: Why it’s important for the survival of your firm

"Companies that purposefully embrace offsite construction ... will survive and thrive." Read More

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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. Read More

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Six commercial real estate myths debunked

Exploring some common myths about CRE Read More

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Skender Promotes Dan Polito to Director of Operations, Northern California, to Lead San Francisco Office

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Polito to Director of Operations, Northern California, to lead Skender's San Francisco office! Read More

Skender Promotes Dan Polito to Director of Operations, Northern California, to Lead San Francisco Office

To address the growth in interior construction needs for companies based in San Francisco, Skender has promoted Dan Polito to Director of Operations, Northern California. In this role as head of Skender’s San Francisco office, Polito will oversee the quality and timely completion of construction projects, new business pursuits and operations for all of northern… Read More

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5 ‘giant’ trends poised to change the face of construction

“Five emerging trends that are likely to transform the construction market in the near future.” Read More

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LeadHership Series: Meet Cheryl Skender *What has been the most challenging moment you have faced…

Cheryl Skender discusses her leadership journey and shares some important advice with Chicago Woman Magazine. #leadership #leadHERship Read More

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5 ways design is transforming behavioral healthcare

Circadian lighting, calming materials, and transparency are helping to normalize the patient experience in behavioral healthcare. Read More

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Healthcare and the reality of artificial intelligence

“Three areas where AI has the potential to impact healthcare delivery services ...” Read More

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6 Ways Developers Can Build Smarter During Design And Construction

"Tips to help developers keep costs low, meet their budgets and build long-lasting properties.” Read More

Skender breaks ground on senior lifestyle assisted living in Northbrook

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on North Shore Place, a Senior Lifestyle-owned assisted living facility located in Northbrook, Illinois. This marks the second new construction project Skender has completed for Senior Lifestyle on this property after a 175,000-square foot, five-story, 157-unit assisted living facility located adjacent to current construction. Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on Senior Lifestyle Assisted Living Facility in Northbrook, IL

Skender recently broke ground on North Shore Place, an assisted living and memory care facility in Northbrook, Illinois. This marks the second new construction project our team has completed for Senior Lifestyle on this property in collaboration with SAS Architects & Planners, LLC. Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on Senior Lifestyle Assisted Living Facility in Northbrook, IL

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on North Shore Place, a Senior Lifestyle-owned assisted living facility located in Northbrook, Illinois. This marks the second new construction project Skender has completed for Senior Lifestyle on this property; the first a 175,000-square foot, five-story, 157-unit assisted living facility located adjacent to… Read More

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How Prefabrication, Connectivity, Software Will Improve The Future Energy Efficiency Of Buildings

“Building and design experts believe the answer to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions is embracing tech, prefabrication, better materials and smart design with vertical integration.” Read More

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Modular construction may be key to relieving housing crunch

“Prefabrication, which is a more efficient way to build, may be the best hope to quickly build affordable housing, some industry insiders believe.” Read More

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Skender experts Timothy Swanson and Kevin Bredeson dive into our new partnership with ManufactOn and how we are…

Skender experts Timothy Swanson and Kevin Bredeson dive into our new partnership with ManufactOn and how we are using new technology as the foundation of our integration of design, construction and manufacturing - at the BuiltWorlds #BWProjects conference. Read More

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The future of the ambulatory surgery centers and acuity levels

“Offering the one-two punch of cost savings and convenience, ASCs are increasingly becoming the venue of choice for both physicians and patients.” Read More

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5 Tenant Demands Reshaping The Office Market

“As buildings fight to keep up with these evolving tenant needs, they are implementing a streamlined, tech-driven approach to help tenants define their space.” Read More

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BIM: What you need to know

“How AEC professionals can use BIM to boost productivity, reduce errors, manage workflows, cut costs and resolve disputes.” Read More

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Skender experts Timothy Swanson and Kevin Bredeson dive into our new partnership with ManufactOn and how we…

Skender experts Timothy Swanson and Kevin Bredeson dive into our new partnership with ManufactOn and how we are using new technology as the foundation of our integration of design, construction and manufacturing - at the BuiltWorlds #BWProjects conference. Read More

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Skender Hires Two Industry Veterans

We are thrilled to announce that two industry veterans recently joined the Skender team. Welcome Jerry Winchester and Matt Baker! Read More

Skender Hires Two Industry Veterans

Skender is pleased to welcome to its team two industry veterans who have a combined 55 years of experience in the construction industry.  Jerry Winchester has joined Skender as Senior Project Manager. With nearly 25 years of construction experience, Jerry Winchester brings large-scale healthcare, luxury hotel, higher education and multifamily project experience to Skender. He… Read More

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Healthcare’s In A State Of Constant Disruption

“The greatest demand is for outpatient facilities. Only 10 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine hip replacement done in an outpatient setting, but now it is increasingly common, especially in newer ambulatory surgery centers ...” Read More

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The Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing in the U.S. Continues Unabated, Study Shows

"Experts continue to call for new ideas to build rental housing at more moderate prices. 'Doing so will require new approaches for making effective use of public funding, reducing construction costs and easing regulatory barriers.'" Read More

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Projects Conference Chicago – BuiltWorlds

Don't miss out - Skender Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson and Chief Technology Officer Kevin Bredeson present alongside ManufactOn's Raghi Iyengar about their newest collaboration - a vertically-integrated design-manufacturing-build business model. Read More

7 Ideas for Containing Construction Costs

Though the real estate industry has seen a development rebound over the past decade, rising construction costs are weighing down the buoyant market. The persistent skilled labor shortage makes staffing and maintaining sites expensive. Materials are pricier, and now tariffs on steel, aluminum and lumber imports may only make the problem worse. At the same… Read More

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Meet the region’s 50 fastest-growing companies

We are proud to have served as general contractor on several of these growing workspaces! #fast50 #skenderatwork Read More

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Amenities That Attract Office Tenants

“Today’s office amenities are all about retaining workers and keeping them in the office longer—and for office property owners, that requires application to the entire building.” Read More

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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. Read More

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101 Ways To Build Smarter – #43 Engage in Digital Collaboration

Keep current on the latest innovations, insights and methodologies to #buildsmarter — download the free eBook at www.skender.com/buildsmarter Read More

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101 Ways To Build Smarter – #66 Embrace Pre-Fabrication

We published a free eBook of 101 value-enhancing, productivity-boosting ideas for your next building project — head over to www.skender.com/buildsmarter to download the full list. #buildsmarter Read More

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101 Ways To Build Smarter – #42 VR Mock-ups

This is one of 101 ways to #buildsmarter that you can find for free in our new eBook – head over to www.skender.com/buildsmarter to get the full list. Read More

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Reducing design coordination errors with VR, AR

“Within a couple of years, virtual and augmented reality tools won't seem so exotic, and are going to be routinely applied for clash management as well as many other related applications.” Read More

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Rovers set to invade construction jobsites

“Part Wall-E, part MSE-6 mouse droid from “Star Wars,” Doxel’s self-directing robots survey building sites each day to capture HD imagery and laser scans at all stages of construction.” Read More

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101 Ways To Build Smarter – #14 Project Phases

Looking for 101 ways you can save money and time on your next building project? Head over to www.skender.com/buildsmarter to see our full list. #buildsmarter Read More

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Construction Firm Releases Report: “101 Ways to Build Smarter”

"The first report of its kind" and a great new resource for developers, brokers, architects, contractors, corporate real estate executives and all those involved in the building process. Read More

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The Top At-Risk Construction Managers and Design-Builders

“We have been watching, with great interest, their efforts to implement a more efficient and vertically integrated design and construction process.” Read More

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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. Read More

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An AEC giant’s roadmap for integrating design, manufacturing and construction

“But while most GCs are taking small steps toward a manufacturing-driven future for construction, Chicago-based Skender is taking a giant leap.” Read More

Skender breaks ground on new laboratory at Loyola University Chicago

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on Loyola University Chicago’s new 10,000-square-foot engineering science flex laboratory located near the intersection of North Broadway and Sheridan Road.   Read More

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Curious about the newest tower crane in Fulton Market? Skender is building the 14-story Hyatt House…

Curious about the newest tower crane in Fulton Market? Skender is building the 14-story Hyatt House hotel, a Sterling Bay development designed by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects (ESA). More details at https://lnkd.in/eTQHY9Q. Read More

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Skender Releases “101 Ways to Build Smarter” eBook, Featuring Ideas to Offset Rapidly Escalating Construction…

Give your next building project a productivity boost with the new (and free) eBook 101 Ways to Build Smarter. #skenderbuild #buildsmarter Read More

Skender Releases “101 Ways to Build Smarter” eBook, Featuring Ideas to Offset Rapidly Escalating Construction Prices

Construction costs have been consistently rising just when the industry can least afford it. Today, a new report from Skender offers "101 Ways to Build Smarter." The 18-page eBook, available for download at www.skender.com/buildsmarter/, is a resource filled with quality-enhancing and value-optimizing possibilities for building owners, developers, architects, brokers, contractors, corporate real estate and workplace… Read More

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The future of healthcare design and construction? It’s factory made.

“As healthcare providers and owners work to streamline and enhance the way they provide care, the setting in which they do it can be streamlined and improved, too.” Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on Loyola University Chicago Engineering Science Flex Laboratory

Skender has broken ground on Loyola University Chicago's new engineering science flex laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility designed to innovate how the university utilizes space.  Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on Loyola University Chicago Engineering Science Flex Laboratory

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on Loyola University Chicago’s new 10,000-square-foot engineering science flex laboratory located near the intersection of North Broadway and Sheridan Road. The mission of the new single-story building is to provide open space, movable furniture and equipment, and a collaborative environment for the engineering… Read More

The future of healthcare design and construction? It’s factory made.

What if we could make patient care better and more accessible by applying intelligent design and manufacturing principles to build healthcare spaces? Rising costs and complexity across healthcare and construction have made it more challenging to enhance patient experiences through new healthcare facilities. One solution: deliver customization via intelligent design. Technological advancements make it possible… Read More

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Skender partners with New Coast Foundation to promote early learning

Skender Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with New Coast Foundation to make a grant to early childhood education nonprofit VOCEL. #partnerships #earlychildhoodeducation  Read More

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“I can imagine walking into what was once a big box retail store, that is…

“I can imagine walking into what was once a big box retail store, that is now a world-class medical facility, that we delivered in a matter of weeks instead of years” - Skender Chief Design Officer Timothy Swanson on our modular construction vision, at RE Journals Healthcare and MOB Conference.  Read More

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How Blockchain Innovation Can Help Cost-Efficiency in the Construction Industry

“Blockchains offer several promising innovations for the world of construction, especially when it comes to managing all of the data that is required to erect buildings today.” Read More

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A very special congratulations to Skender Director of Design Operations Jenny Han, who was honored…

A very special congratulations to Skender Director of Design Operations Jenny Han, who was honored as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza. You're a true inspiration and we're lucky to have you as part of our team! Read More

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4 Economic Trends That Will Impact Industrial Real Estate

“The U.S. economy is growing, technology is improving and political struggles are brewing. All will have a direct impact on industrial real estate in the coming months.” Read More

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Skender Completes Interior Construction of National Law Firm’s 121,000-Square-Foot Headquarters in Chicago

Skender, along with collaborators Solomon Cordwell Buenz, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) and ConopCo Project Management, recently completed interior construction of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's new 121,000-SF HQ at CNA Center, the new office tower at 151 N. Franklin. Read More

Skender Completes Interior Construction of National Law Firm’s 121,000-Square-Foot Headquarters in Chicago

Skender, serving as general contractor, recently completed interior construction of the 121,000-square-foot headquarters for national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP at 151 N. Franklin Street in Chicago’s West Loop. The building is a newly constructed 35-story office tower that will soon be known as CNA Center when CNA moves in from its current headquarters… Read More

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Designing hospitals for staff efficiency

Interior design strategies that help hospital staff to provide timely and high-quality care. Read More

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Gentrification: The Good, the Bad, and the Hipsters

What are the long-term effects of gentrification on communities, and is urban revitalization possible without it?  Our own Timothy Swanson will explore gentrification and all its implications with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Don't miss out - get your ticket now!  Read More

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Skender Ranks Among Top U.S. Contractors, Climbs 26 Spots on National List

Skender ranked at No. 208 out of 400 U.S.-based contractors on Engineering-News Record's recently published list of the largest contractors by revenue, climbing 26 spots from last year. Read More

Skender Ranks Among Top U.S. Contractors, Climbs 26 Spots on National List

Skender ranked among the top U.S. contractors, according to Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s recently published list of the largest contractors by revenue. Ranked at No. 208 out of 400 U.S.-based contractors, Skender moved up 26 spots from last year’s spot with 2017 revenues of $400 million. Some of Skender’s prominent projects in 2017 included the… Read More

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Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities

“Architects expect that everything from apartment complexes to dreary office buildings will have more elaborate entrances.” Read More

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Skender Named as a Best Place to Work in Illinois for Tenth Consecutive Year

For the tenth consecutive year, Skender was named as a Best Place to Work in Illinois! This year, we earned the second-place honor in the mid-sized company category.  Read More

Skender Named as a Best Place to Work in Illinois for Tenth Consecutive Year

Skender was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. Established in 2006, the awards program is facilitated by Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), MRA-The Management Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Advocacy Council. This statewide program is… Read More

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CRE Future Leaders: Tim Swanson

"...the fact that we start and end our days with a startup mentality, focused on driving and disrupting the industry for collective good, fuels me," Skender's Timothy Swanson featured in a Q&A session for RE Journals' CRE Future Leaders series. Read More

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WCA Luncheon: Affordable Housing Panel

Don't miss your chance to hear Skender's Timothy Swanson speak at tomorrow's Affordable Housing Panel luncheon with the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce - get your ticket now! Learn about affordable off-site options, Near North/West ARO Pilot, and innovative ways to build cost effective housing from Tim and experts from ARO Alternatives, LG Construction + Development,… Read More

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Hacks for Supporting the Untethered Employee

“Gartner predicts that by 2020, organizations that promote a “choose your own work style culture” will boost employee retention rates by more than 10 percent.” Read More

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Kicking off tonight’s Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago event is moderator Jenny Han, Director of…

Kicking off tonight's Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago event is moderator Jenny Han, Director of Operations at Skender. We're here at Skender HQ with CannonDesign, CBRE and Advocate Health Care! Read More

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Spring HCI Chicago Quarterly Event at Skender Headquarters – “Upcoming Trends in Healthcare from Key…

Tonight is the night! At Skender's HQ in Fulton Market, Skender's Jenny Han joins CannonDesign's Abigail Clary, AIA, ACHA, CBRE's Julie Ford and Advocate Health Care's Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM to discuss "Upcoming Trends in Healthcare from Key Women in the Industry" at a Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago event. Read More

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It’s not Ripley’s loader, but this industrial exoskeleton makes physical labor a breeze

“SuitX industrial exoskeletons reduce the risk of injuries to the wearer without the use of batteries, actuators, or computers.” Read More

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Latinisimo 2018 – Esperanza Health Centers Gala 2018

Join us this Thursday at Latinisimo '18 in support of Esperanza Health Centers! The event will explore the culinary traditions of Latin America with 9 restaurants representing the best of Chicago's Latin American cuisine, all in support of one of the top-rated community health centers in the nation. Read More

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Congrats to the Echo Global Logistics project team for winning an IIDA Illinois 2018 RED Award…

Congrats to the Echo Global Logistics project team for winning an IIDA Illinois 2018 RED Award last night. The 135,000-SF HQ expansion was a collaboration among Echo Global Logistics, CannonDesign, ConopCo Project Management, CBRE and Skender.  Read More

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Skender Foundation : Summer Eclipse 2018

Summer Eclipse early bird tickets are on sale now! Purchase yours today and join us July 19 at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to support The Bridge Teen Center, a nonprofit community center that provides free after school programs, weekend entertainment and special events for students in 7th-12th grade.  Read More

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Skender CEO Mark Skender and Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson speaking on how we’re pushing…

Skender CEO Mark Skender and Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson speaking on how we're pushing the industry forward with our integration between design, construction and manufacturing at today’s #AccelerateAEC event with Building Design & Construction Magazine. Read More

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Limelight 2018 featuring A Road to Greenbuild Event

Mark your calendar for Limelight, a celebration of achievements in sustainability with Illinois Green Alliance (formerly USGBC-Illinois). We are proud sponsors of this event, and of all the work by Illinois Green Alliance to make our communities more sustainable.  Read More

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Skender Completes Clinic for Major Chicago Health System

Skender recently completed a 17,000-SF health care clinic for a major Chicago health system in Glenview, Illinois. Read More

Skender Completes Clinic for Major Chicago Health System

Skender, serving as general contractor, completed the 17,000-square-foot interior build-out of a health care clinic for a major Chicago health system. Located on the first floor of the building, the new clinic included the expansion of the existing imaging department with a new Siemens 3TMRI, Rad/Flouro Machine, and relocated Carestream Rad. Skender built out an… Read More

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Our dedication shows in our work and spirit. It’s one reason we’ve won multiple “Best…

Our dedication shows in our work and spirit. It’s one reason we’ve won multiple “Best Place to Work” awards. We’re always searching for great talent who crave a refreshing work environment. Join our team: https://lnkd.in/eHWuMrt Read More

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As Fulton Market Matures As An Office Market, Hotel Development Is Gaining Steam

Hotel development activity in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood is booming. Skender is building the new, 14-story Hyatt House hotel mentioned in this article. Read More

Skender Launches Interior Construction for 207,000-SF Chicago Office

Skender has begun interior construction on a 207,000-square-foot office in Lincoln Park, Ill., which will serve as the new Chicagoland home of C.H. Robinson. Developed by Sterling Bay, the property is within the first Sterling Bay riverfront property in its Lincoln Yards development, which also happens to be a contender for the Amazon HQ2 bid.… Read More

5 Ways To Make Affordable Housing Development Feasible

U.S. cities continue to swell in population. But for people looking to live in urban areas, limited affordable options are the new normal. The U.S. needs an additional 4.6 million apartments to meet demand by 2030, the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association estimate. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines affordability as… Read More

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Skender Launches Interior Construction for 207,000-SF Chicago Office

“It’s a great space, brand new building, and kicks off the Lincoln Yards development [a contender for the Amazon HQ2 bid].” Read More

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Building Is A Science. This App Lets Architects Study It

“The ability to easily and ubiquitously study how buildings–and their occupants–behave could move architecture itself into a new era.” Read More

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RefugeeOne’s 2018 Annual Gala – Hopeful new beginnings. Unlimited Potential.

We are proud to support the RefugeeOne 2018 Annual Gala, where our very own David Fahnbulleh is this year's keynote speaker. Join us Saturday to hear David speak and to celebrate RefugeeOne's life-changing work. Read More

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5 Ways To Make Affordable Housing Development Feasible

“Developers and their construction partners will have to explore new ways of financing deals and new ways of building to keep affordable housing deals cost-effective.” https://bit.ly/2jrFVTf Read More

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Skender, along with collaborators Webster Design and Capstone Development Group, received the William Stickling Memorial…

Skender, along with collaborators Webster Design and Capstone Development Group, received the William Stickling Memorial Award at last night's 28th annual Mayor’s Awards Presentation for the historic preservation of the 15-story Elgin Tower Building.  Read More

Skender Receives City of Elgin’s Mayor’s Award for Historic Preservation of 15-story Elgin Tower Building

Skender, along with St. Louis-based Webster Design and owner Capstone Development Group, received the William Stickling Memorial Award at the 28th annual Mayor’s Awards Presentation honoring outstanding contributors to Elgin’s heritage. The award recipients were selected by the Elgin Heritage Commission and Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin based on the project team’s dedicated efforts to… Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on 14-Story Hyatt House Hotel in Chicago’s Fulton Market

Construction firm Skender has broken ground on a 14-story Hyatt House hotel in Chicago’s Fulton Market district. The 167,000-square-foot, 200-room development is located at 105 N. May St. The Hyatt House will be the first hotel in the Fulton Market district to cater to extended-stay corporate travelers. Amenities will include an indoor pool, green roof,… Read More

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Skender Starts Interior Construction of new 207,000-SF C.H. Robinson Office in Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development

Skender, in collaboration with Vocon and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), recently started interior construction of the new 207,000-SF C.H. Robinson office in Chicago's Lincoln Yards development. Read More

Skender Starts Interior Construction of new 207,000-SF C.H. Robinson Office in Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development

Skender, serving as general contractor, recently launched interior construction of a new, 207,000-square-foot office for C.H. Robinson, a Fortune 500 third-party logistics and supply chain management provider. The office is located within the first Sterling Bay riverfront property in its Lincoln Yards development in Lincoln Park, a contender for the Amazon HQ2 bid. C.H. Robinson… Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on Hyatt House Hotel in Chicago

Sterling Bay is developing the first extended-stay lodging property in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood. Read More

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Mark your calendars! On May 15 at Skender’s HQ in Fulton Market, Skender’s Jenny Han joins…

Mark your calendars! On May 15 at Skender's HQ in Fulton Market, Skender's Jenny Han joins CannonDesign's Abigail Clary, AIA, ACHA, CBRE's Julie Ford and Advocate Health Care's Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM to discuss "Upcoming Trends in Healthcare from Key Women in the Industry" at a Health Care Institute (HCI) Chicago event.  Read More

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Borrow from the best: workplace ideas from tech HQs

Borrow from the best: workplace ideas from tech HQs Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on 14-Story Hotel in Chicago

Skender Breaks Ground on 14-Story, 200-Room Hyatt House Hotel in Chicago’s Fulton Market – REBusinessOnline Read More

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DisruptCRE – Chicago

Skender CTO Kevin Bredeson will be speaking about #BuildingTech at DisruptCRE Chicago on May 3. Hope to see you there!  Read More

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Looking forward to this Thursday’s City of Hope 2018 REACH Social at House of Blues…

Looking forward to this Thursday's City of Hope 2018 REACH Social at House of Blues Entertainment Chicago. Skender Foundation is a proud sponsor and our very own Daniel Ulbricht will be performing with his band, the Square Feets. Read More

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Fear Of The Steel Tariff Is Compounding Already-Escalating Materials Pricing

The latest on how steel tariffs are affecting construction and development with insight from Skender's Joseph Pecoraro.  Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on 14-story, 167,000-SF Hyatt House Hotel, a New Development in the Fulton…

Skender is thrilled to announce that we recently broke ground on Hyatt House, a new 14-story extended-stay hotel designed by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects (ESA) and developed by Sterling Bay in the Fulton Market District.  Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on 14-story, 167,000-SF Hyatt House Hotel, a New Development in the Fulton Market District

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on Chicago’s newest Hyatt House extended-stay hotel. The new 14-story, 167,000-square-foot hotel is located in the heart of Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood at 105 N. May Street. The Hyatt House will be the first hotel in the Fulton Market district to cater to… Read More

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The Hidden Costs of Open Ceilings

While open ceilings have many benefits, costing less isn't one of them. Skender's Clay Edwards explains in this Work Design Magazine article:  Read More

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How a risk management focus can improve the physical environment

Healthcare: “Design interventions can help to improve patient safety and create a proactive operation” Read More

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The 10 sustainability trends that forward-thinking organizations have on their minds

"The future office strives to be better, focus more on the people who inhabit it, and contribute to the success of the company.” Read More

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Here at the 2018 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo! #LeadingAge #Skender

Here at the 2018 LeadingAge Illinois Annual Meeting & Expo! #LeadingAge #Skender Read More

Movers + Shapers: Lean and Mean

Skender Executive Vice President Afshan Barshan identifies some payoffs of adopting Lean principles into Skender's business practices. Read More

Skender Starts Construction of Sterling Bay’s New HQ at Fulton West

Skender has started interior construction of Sterling Bay's 35K new headquarters at Fulton West. Read More

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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. Read More

Does Your Modern Build-out Have a Hearing Problem?

Open ceilings, exposed concrete floors and glass-walled spaces are the hallmarks of contemporary interiors. These design choices convey a hip and modern mindset for the companies and retailers that inhabit them, but they can come with a drawback that impacts business: noise. Without the sound-dampening effects of the acoustical tiles used in drop ceilings and… Read More

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One of the Biggest Sustainability Concerns in Construction Right Now Is… Sand?

“Many of us have the common misconception that sand is an infinite resource, but the harsh reality is that it isn't.” Read More

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5Kto1K

We are proud to sponsor Sterling Bay's 4th Annual 5k to 1k Fulton Market race! All proceeds benefit Cara Chicago, a leader of poverty alleviation throughout Chicagoland. #skendermoves  Read More

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“Leveraging AR/VR in Emerging Markets” at the BuiltWorlds Summit, featuring Kevin Bredeson of Skender, Paul Edlund of Microsoft,…

"Leveraging AR/VR in Emerging Markets" at the BuiltWorlds Summit, featuring Kevin Bredeson of Skender, Paul Edlund of Microsoft, Michael Winn of DroneDeploy, and John Chwalibog of Matterport. Read More

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Skender Named No. 6 Best Place to Work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business

Nearly 9,000 employees of Chicago-area companies surveyed to determine 100 finalists. Skender is honored to earn the No. 6 spot in 2018! Read More

Skender Named No. 6 Best Place to Work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business

Skender was recognized today as the No. 6 best place to work in the Crain's Chicago Business 2018 Best Places to Work list. To determine the top 100, Crain's partnered with an independent workplace excellence research firm to survey nearly 9,000 employees at Chicago-area companies. The 100 finalists were further assessed using a variety of criteria including benefits,… Read More

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We are honored to be named the #6 Best Place to Work in Chicago by…

We are honored to be named the #6 Best Place to Work in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business! We couldn’t have done it without our incredible, dedicated employees. #crainsbest Read More

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Does Your Modern Build-out Have a Hearing Problem?

“Creating inviting interiors not only has to do with how they look, but also how they sound.” Read More

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Tech Report 5.0: Why wait for 3D renderings?

“Real-time rendering still presents some trade offs when compared to traditional rendering. But as the technology advances, the benefits will begin to outweigh the limitations.” Read More

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Five Workplace Trends The Commercial Real Estate Industry Must Prepare For

"... we need to forget 'office' and start thinking in terms of 'workplace' ..." Read More

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The Disruptive Force of Technology Changing The Future Face of Healthcare

Three tech trends to watch in healthcare Read More

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Skender Completes 64,000-SF Headquarters Expansion for Sprout Social – April 4, 2018

In collaboration with Partners by Design, Syska Hennessy Group and Development Resources, Skender recently completed the 64,000-SF HQ expansion for Sprout Social at 131 S. Dearborn. Read More

Skender Completes 64,000-SF Headquarters Expansion for Sprout Social

Skender recently completed the 64,000-square-foot interior build-out expansion for social media management company Sprout Social at 131 S. Dearborn. Skender previously completed Sprout Social’s seventh floor build-out in 2016. To accommodate rapid growth, the client decided to expand its footprint to the eighth floor, which previously served as a call center. The one-story build-out added… Read More

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How Are Driverless Cars Reshaping CRE?

“Autonomous vehicles are expected to impact commercial real estate on several levels, from design to new development opportunities.” Read More

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JLL releases cost benchmark guide for office buildouts

“JLL published a cost benchmarking guide to building out three types of office space in the U.S. and Canada using data from more than 2,800 of its managed projects.” Read More

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Dream Offices for Bike Commuters

Skender-built SRAM, LLC HQ is featured in this article about offices designed to encourage healthy lifestyles: Read More

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Skender Named a Finalist for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago

We are excited to announce that Skender has been named a finalist for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago! Read More

Skender Named a Finalist for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago

Skender has been named a finalist for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago. Since 2008, Crain's Chicago Business has set out to find the local businesses that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This year, Crain’s partnered with Best Companies Group to survey Chicago employees about everything from their workplace to… Read More

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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. Read More

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Vertical Integration

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

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Skender Foundation is proud to support Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring, expanding…

Skender Foundation is proud to support Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring, expanding and innovating music education in Chicago Public Schools. Check out this awesome video from their recent fundraiser where Skender’s band Not to Exceed performed. https://bit.ly/2DPyNI4 Read More

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Skender Completes Build-out of San Francisco Homeless Support Facility

Skender is proud to have served as general contractor for the build-out of homeless support facility At The Crossroads in San Francisco. Thanks for collaborating with us Architectural Resources Group, Ventura Partners, WSP and multiple other trade partners. Read More

Skender Completes Build-out of San Francisco Homeless Support Facility

Skender recently completed the 6,000-square-foot interior build-out of At The Crossroads (ATC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that helps homeless youth and young adults build healthy and fulfilling lives. The three-story tenant improvement project included major upgrades to the existing cold shell space. These improvements included the addition of new electrical and water service to… Read More

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Tariffs Already Putting Pressure on Commercial Construction Pricing

“Some in the sector say they have seen around a 10 percent increase in the price of steel since the tariffs were announced earlier this month.” Read More

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Movers + Shapers: Lean and Mean

“Skender: Putting 'rapid' into action" Read More

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Skender Starts Work on Sterling Bay’s 35,000-SF Headquarters Relocation Project

Skender is excited to be partnering with Perkins+Will and WMA Consulting Engineers on the build-out of Sterling Bay's new HQ. Read More

Skender Starts Work on Sterling Bay’s 35,000-SF Headquarters Relocation Project

Skender recently started interior construction of the 35,000-square-foot headquarters for Sterling Bay, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company, at 1330 W. Fulton, a Sterling Bay property known as Fulton West. Sterling Bay is relocating from its current offices at 1040 W. Randolph to accommodate the business’s rapid growth and future needs. Once complete,… Read More

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Prefab Construction: A Closer Look

“Transformation is hard ... let’s address it like Skender is so bravely doing.” Read More

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Chicago office landlords are paying more to land tenants. Here’s why.

JLL, CBRE, Savills Studley and Skender's Clay Edwards weigh in on tenant improvement allowance increases. Read More

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AEC Virtual Reality Workflow with Datasmith Toolkit for Unreal Engine

Skender's John Derkach will be presenting on the future of VR in the AEC industry this Wednesday evening at our office. More on the meet-up:   Read More

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Capital One’s New Revitalized Downtown Chicago Office

Check out Capital One's new revitalized downtown Chicago office that Skender completed last year. Read More

Skender Wins Interior Contractor of the Year

Skender took home the Interior Contractor of the Year award last night at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Awards. The awards program raises money to provide meals for hungry Chicago-area residents while recognizing outstanding achievements in the industry. The annual ceremony attracts nearly 2,000 of the top commercial real estate, architecture and… Read More

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Skender Wins Interior Contractor of the Year

Big night! Skender brought home the coveted Interior Contractor of the Year award (third time in four years) at the Greater Chicago Food Depository awards. Congrats to all! Read More

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Undoing 5 myths of IPD and Lean construction

IPD and #LeanConstruction are more flexible than people think Read More

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Tim Swanson on the prefab revolution (listen)

The Idealog podcast interviews Tim Swanson about prefabricated construction and how it's disrupting the way we build things Read More

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Chicago Firm Sets Out to Change Construction

“We’ve done a lot of research, and from the U.S. perspective, this is on the cutting edge.” Read More

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JGMA-designed medical center headed to Brighton Park

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Hack The Office: Turning Underperforming Spaces Into Workplaces Of The Future

“Every company wants an office that is their own,” Skender Vice President Clay Edwards said. “‘Hacking’ the office allows users to build on an existing design, to take it from something impersonal and informal to a space that truly defines their brand and corporate culture.” Read More

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The Construction Industry Knows It’s Behind The Curve In Embracing Technology, And Is Working To…

Skender CTO Kevin Bredeson discusses how the construction industry is embracing technology. Read More

Skender's Timothy Swanson used today's CoreNet countdown challenge to discuss the intersection of design, construction and manufacturing. In 3 minutes.  Read More

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Skender Rebrands, Expands, Plans Modular Manufacturing Plant On Southwest Side

“We can now fully realize the potential of vertical integration to significantly reduce risk, delays and waste while maximizing value, quality and positive experiences for our clients.” https://bit.ly/2oRbCsu Read More

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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. Read More

Hack the Office: Turning Underperforming Spaces Into Workplaces of the Future

Towering glass office buildings are becoming obsolete. As creative space gains traction among companies beyond the tech industry, opulent lobbies and renovated elevator bays no longer attract young workers like they used to. Professionals crave space designed around user experience. Office workers want a balanced place with room to collaborate, socialize and concentrate on heads-down… Read More

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Skender Revolutionizes How the Industry Builds, Integrates Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

Envisioning a radically more efficient future for the building industry, Skender is expanding beyond construction to offer a Lean, integrated and full-spectrum suite of services – construction, design and manufacturing.  Read More

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A factory that makes apartment buildings? It’s coming to Chicago

We have big news to share today! Learn how we’re revolutionizing the way the industry builds. Read More

A factory that makes apartment buildings? It’s coming to Chicago.

When Skender builds an apartment tower or hotel a few years from now, a lot of the action may be hidden from view in a factory, not on the construction site. Read More

Skender Revolutionizes How the Industry Builds, Integrates Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

Embracing Vertical Integration, Skender Expands on its Core Construction Business, Launches a New Advanced Manufacturing Company, Acquires Design Team, and Hires Design and Construction Technology Industry Leaders Envisioning a radically more efficient future for the building industry, Skender announces its expansion beyond construction, becoming a vertically integrated company including construction, design and building component manufacturing… Read More

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Skender Breaks Ground on 26,000-SF Esperanza Health Center

Today we broke ground on Esperanza Health Centers in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood. We are proud to be partnering with JGMA and McNitt Consulting to build this important community project! Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on 26,000-SF Esperanza Health Center

Skender broke ground on the new 26,000-square-foot Esperanza Health Center at 4700 S. California Avenue in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood. The two-story clinic will serve an area in great need of health care services. Large portions of residents in Esperanza’s service area live below twice the poverty level and have been designated as medically underserved… Read More

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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… Read More

Skender Breaks Ground on 26,000-SF Esperanza Health Center

Skender broke ground on the new 26,000-square-foot Esperanza Health Center at 4700 S. California Avenue in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood. The two-story clinic will serve an area in great need of health care services. Large portions of residents in Esperanza’s service area live below twice the poverty level and have been designated as medically underserved… Read More

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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. Read More

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Labor shortages and material costs continue to shape the construction trades

Skender President Justin Brown: “Skender’s value-optimized approach to Lean is a vital part of the way we do business ... that results in greater efficiency, quicker deliveries and cost savings.” Read More

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Wired and ready to work: Build out your workplace for today’s connected workforce

“The top ten questions to ask to ensure an appealing, effective, tech-enabled workspace.” Read More

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6 trends shaping smart hotels

“From real-time guest feedback to AI-driven hyper-personalization, the hotel of the future will emphasize service, convenience, authenticity, and just the right amount of technology.” Read More

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Heads Up: The 5 Hidden Expenses of Open Ceilings

Skender VP Clay Edwards breaks down the 5 hidden expenses of open ceilings for NAIOP.  Read More

Heads Up: The 5 Hidden Expenses of Open Ceilings

Open ceilings, with their exposed ductwork and industrial vibe have become popular – but trendy rarely equals inexpensive. For many years, omitting the traditional drop ceiling was assumed to be not just cooler but also to cost less. Common sense seemed to be that by choosing open ceilings, the cost of the drop ceiling was… Read More

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Big Kids Rock Chicago

Join us February 27 at City Winery for Big Kids Rock, a concert hosted by Little Kids Rock featuring Skender's rock band Not to Exceed among others in support of music education in Chicago Public Schools. Tickets available here: https://lnkd.in/dVSPBSC Read More

Skender Rock Band to Perform at West Loop Concert Benefiting Music Education in Chicago Public Schools

Little Kids Rock will host a fundraiser, Big Kids Rock, on February 27, 2018 at City Winery in the West Loop. This year’s event will help raise funds for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in our schools. Skender Construction’s band, Not to Exceed… Read More

Skender Starts 225,000-SF Restack Project for HERE Technologies

Skender Construction recently started interior construction of the 225,000-square-foot office space for HERE Technologies, the leading location intelligence and open location platform company, at 425 West Randolph Street. Throughout eight floors of the Boeing Building, the HERE Chicago office is being transformed into a contemporary environment that reflects the company’s vision, brand and history of… Read More

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Skender Starts 225 000-SF Restack Project for HERE Technologies

Skender recently began interior construction of the 225,000-square-foot office space for HERE Technologies at 425 W. Randolph. We are excited to be partnering with Gensler, JLL and ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) on this big restack project! Read More

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Report: 5 challenges and solutions to technology adoption in construction

“With the global construction industry projected to reach $17.5 billion by 2030, the report states that now is the time for the engineering and construction (E&C) sector to embrace technology” Read More

Skender Completes Iconic Elgin Tower Rehabilitation Project

Skender Construction 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. Demolition included the removal of old coal fired… Read More

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Skender Completes Iconic Elgin Tower Rehabilitation Project

Skender recently completed the iconic Elgin Tower Building rehabilitation project in collaboration with Webster Design and Capstone Development Group, LLC. Read More

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Senior living design trends for 2018

“Designing boutique and upscale communities for seniors and their baby boomer family members has been at the forefront of design considerations.” Read More

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Aging Population Driving Medical Office Demand in U.S.

“The population aged 65 and above is expected to increase by 1.7 million (3.3 percent) in 2018 and by 9.2 million (18 percent) over the next five years, driving short- and long-term demand for medical services.” Read More

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Office, industrial construction to rise in 2018 and 2019

“Nonresidential construction activity is expected to jump 4% in 2018 and in 2019, according to the American Institute of Architects” Read More

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#SkenderRed

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. Read More

Skender Completes 176,000-SF Headquarters Relocation Project for GGP

Skender Construction recently completed interior construction of the 176,000-square-foot headquarters for retail real estate company GGP, formerly known as General Growth Properties, at River North Point. GGP relocated 700 employees to its new headquarters at 350 N. Orleans. GGP’s new, three-floor space contains modern finishes, an abundance of natural light, and an open office format… Read More

Skender Chairman Joseph Skender Inducted into Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame

Skender Construction Chairman Joseph Skender was inducted into Midwest Real Estate News' Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Each year the magazine inducts a new class of the biggest names in the commercial real estate industry. Joseph was selected from a pool of more than 500 nominations and joins 96 others in this year’s class. In high… Read More

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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. Read More

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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… Read More

Skender Completes 100,000-SF Rehabilitation of Multifamily Property

Skender Construction recently completed the rehabilitation of Sage Crest Apartments, a two-building, 100,000-square-foot affordable housing development. Located along Rt. 31, just north of downtown Aurora, the two six-story apartment buildings are owned by Preservation Partners Development III, LLC. To complete the remodel of 102 occupied units, Skender coordinated one-week resident move-outs in batches of 12… Read More

New Year, New Job

A new year signals fresh beginnings and, for many of you, finding a new job may be at the top of your list of resolutions. Read more at consupt.com > Read More

Lean Construction: Reducing Waste And Enhancing Value

Many designers, architects, engineers and contractors have discovered methods, collectively known as “Lean Construction,” to improve the overall process of creating a new project, along with cutting construction costs. Read More

Conversion of Elgin’s historic Tower Building nears completion; apartment ready for viewing in days

Bill Luchini, owner of the Capstone Development Group, explains the renovation and restorations made to the lobby of the Tower Building in downtown Elgin. Read More

The Three C’s of Building a Connected Workspace

As companies strive to enable stronger relationships, more attention is being placed on workplace design and construction. But, building office connectedness is not simple. Read More

Skender Completes 90,000-SF Office for Wilson Sporting Goods

Skender Construction recently completed a 90,000-square-foot headquarters relocation project for Wilson Sporting Goods, the American sports equipment manufacturer. Located on the fifth and sixth floors of One Prudential Plaza, the sports-inspired, open-office workspace incorporates brick walls, a wood ceiling in the café and a communicating stair. The stair required Skender to remove a large section… Read More

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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. Read More

Belinda Moore Promoted to Associate Executive Director of Skender Foundation

Skender Foundation recently announced the promotion of Belinda Moore to associate executive director of the nonprofit organization. Belinda has been integral to Skender Foundation’s growth since the organization’s inception in 2012, most recently serving as volunteer committee chair of the foundation and member of the Builders’ Board, a subcommittee of Skender Foundation comprised of philanthropic-minded… Read More

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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. Read More

Lisa Latronico Promoted to Partner at Skender Construction

Skender Construction recently announced that Vice President of People and Culture Lisa Latronico has been promoted to Partner at the firm. Lisa has played an instrumental role in driving Skender’s Lean and employee-focused culture. Since joining the firm in 2001, Lisa has pioneered many award-winning employee enrichment and recruiting programs, leading the firm to consistent… Read More

Medical Campuses Are Becoming Mixed-Use Hubs

At a growing number of hospitals across the country, it is now possible to have a cappuccino with your CAT scan. Mixed-use real estate is coming to healthcare, and more hospitals are integrating shops and appealing public spaces into their designs. Read More

Avoiding Wasted Time and Materials in a High-cost Development Cycle

As founding members of the Chicago chapter of the Lean Construction Institute, Skender Construction has implemented Lean principles for more than a decade, proving time and time again that use of the Lean Construction method can reduce waste and save both time and money. Read More

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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. Read More

Skender Completes Specialty Clinic for Rush Oak Park Hospital

Skender Construction recently completed the interior build-out of a specialty medical clinic at Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH). Located on the fifth floor of the ROPH medical office building, the new specialty clinic includes 21 exam rooms, an allergy room and infusion room, as well as four procedure/treatment rooms. Support and ancillary spaces include reception,… Read More

Skender Completes New 45,000-SF Independent Living Facility

Skender Construction recently completed Midtown Crossing Apartments, a new 45,000-square-foot affordable housing development located near downtown Des Plaines, Illinois. The four-story, 33-unit independent living facility is owned by Over the Rainbow Association (OTR), an Illinois nonprofit association dedicated to providing affordable, barrier-free housing solutions for people with physical disabilities. All 33 units in the Green… Read More

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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. Read More

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,… Read More

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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.… Read More

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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 skenderfoundation.org. Read More

Skender Construction Uses Green Power and Partners with EPA

Skender Construction announced today that it recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Skender is offsetting 100 percent of its annual Chicago office electricity use, or 250 thousand kilowatt-hours (kWh), with the purchase of green power via renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. Skender Construction is currently the only general… Read More

Skender Completes 21,000-SF Office Build-out for The Climate Corporation

Skender Construction recently completed a 21,000-square-foot office build-out for The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company and creator of digital tools to help farmers sustainably increase their productivity. Located at 1330 W. Fulton Market, the new open office workspace incorporates rustic wood walls and a custom art feature wall at the entrance. The Climate… Read More

Busting 5 Interior Construction Myths

Skender Construction identified five common interior build-out myths. Read More

Skender Construction Wins Top Safety Award

Skender Construction recently won the “gold medal” safety award in the construction achievement category from Raffles Insurance. More than 70 other companies were eligible in this category and Skender earned the top honor, which recognizes outstanding safety, loss prevention and claims management. Every Skender project prioritizes safety, production and quality with a mindset that each… Read More

Three Skender-built projects honored at AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards

Three Skender Construction projects were recently honored at Designight 2017, the annual design excellence awards event of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). At the event, AIA Chicago recognized outstanding work from Chicago architecture firms for projects designed and built throughout the world. The three Skender-built projects that earned recognition were:… Read More

5 Ways to Build Office Connectedness

From inviting lobbies to central gathering spaces, here are five construction trends shaping office connectedness. Read More

Skender Completes Two Restaurants for Four Corners Tavern Group at 150 N. Riverside

Skender Construction recently completed two restaurant build-outs for the Four Corners Tavern Group at 150 N. Riverside, one of Chicago’s newest commercial high-rise buildings along the Chicago River. The two eateries total nearly 15,000 square feet of space for Small Cheval and Porter Kitchen & Deck. Porter Kitchen, a restaurant and bar, occupies the ground… Read More

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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. Read More

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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… Read More

Skender Construction combines raw materials with modern amenities in new Chicago office

Skender Construction, the contractor responsible for innovative office spaces in Chicago like Google, ConAgra, Kraft, 1871 and the University of Chicago, has a new headquarters. Read More

How Building Occupants And Construction Can Co-Exist

Contractors and end users need to decide on a construction method that fits budget, timing and safety concerns. For Skender, that means devising a plan that combines flexibility, creativity and regular communication. Read More

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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: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talentculture/2017/09/13/building-great-cultures Read More

#WorkTrends Recap: Building Great Cultures

A great workplace culture where employees can thrive and take an organization to the next level can have a lasting impact on recruitment, retention, and the bottom line. But how do you get there? Read More

Skender Expands in Chicago with Move to 38,000-SF Space in Fulton Market

Skender, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing contractors, has helped many organizations attract talented employees by building out inviting workplace interiors that promote collaboration and well-being. Now the Chicago-based firm has done the same for its own headquarters space, in a relocation and expansion lease in the Fulton Market district. Skender is moving… Read More

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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. Read More

Skender Ranks Among Nation’s Top 100 Contractors

Skender Construction ranked among the top 100 construction firms in the U.S., according to a report compiled by Building Design+Construction magazine. As part of the publication's 2017 Giants 300 Report, which ranks U.S. building contractors by annual revenue, Skender earned the No. 82 spot with 2016 revenues of $335 million. Building Design+Construction also ranks U.S. contractors by building… Read More

Skender Construction Growing in San Francisco Bay Area; Firm Starting Several Interior Renovation Projects

Skender Construction’s San Francisco office has won construction management assignments for several renovation projects in the Bay area. Among the projects recently started or beginning soon: JPMorgan Chase (San Francisco) – 22,000-SF critical infrastructure upgrade and digital signage installation at 560 Mission Street HERE (Berkeley) – 18,000-SF interior buildout of a research and development facility… Read More

Skender Starts 168,000-SF Headquarters Relocation Project for GGP

Skender Construction recently started interior construction of the 168,000-square-foot headquarters for retail real estate company GGP, formerly known as General Growth Properties, at River North Point. GGP is relocating 700 employees to its new headquarters at 350 N. Orleans. Once complete, the space will reflect GGP’s brand and culture with a bright, collaborative work environment… Read More

Jeff Krause, Experienced Senior Superintendent, Joins Skender Construction

Jeff Krause has joined Skender Construction as a senior superintendent. With more than 20 years of construction experience, Krause brings to Skender an impressive background in ground-up high-rise, healthcare, education and institutional projects. He will be working with Skender’s housing and healthcare teams to manage projects in those markets. "We are thrilled to welcome Jeff… Read More

5 Trends Revolutionizing Senior Housing Design And Construction

Skender Construction, a Chicago-based contractor, has been at the forefront of the shift in senior living. Its team shared five trends shaping design and construction in the growing market. Read More

Sixth Annual Summer Eclipse Raises $400,000 for Local Charities

Skender Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Summer Eclipse, on July 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). This year’s event highlighted Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), an award-winning organization that serves children across the entire city with a simple philosophy—to impact the long-term outcome of a child’s life, you must serve the child long-term. A… Read More

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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. Read More

Skender Completes New 64,000-SF Office for Global Nutrition Company

Skender Construction recently completed a 64,000-square-foot interior office buildout for Mead Johnson, a leading nutrition company for babies and children. The baby formula company, a new division of Reckitt Benckiser’s, has relocated from Glenview, Illinois to 444 W. Lake Street in downtown Chicago. The three-floor project included a 1,500-square-foot slab cut for a self-supporting feature… Read More

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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! Read More

Skender Completes New 62,000-SF Independent Living Facility

Skender Construction recently completed J. Michael Fitzgerald Apartments (JMFA), a new 62,000-square-foot affordable senior housing facility in Chicago’s North Park Village neighborhood. The five-story, 63-unit independent living facility is located within an existing senior housing campus and designed to match the existing surrounding aesthetic. The project includes a precast concrete structure design, variable refrigerant flow… Read More

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Hard at Work

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

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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. Read More

Sixth Annual Summer Eclipse to Benefit Chicago Youth Programs

Skender Foundation will host its annual fundraiser, Summer Eclipse, on Thursday, July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This year’s event will help raise funds for Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), an award-winning organization that serves children across the entire city with a simple philosophy—to impact the long-term outcome… Read More

Skender Ranks Among Top Chicago and U.S. Contractors

Skender Construction ranked among the top contractors on local and national industry lists recently compiled by two publications. This month, Skender earned the No. 15 spot on the largest contractors list published by Crain’s Chicago Business. Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine ranked Skender at No. 234 on its list of the top 400 contractors in the United States. Both… Read More

Skender Completes 39,000-SF Interior Construction for Signal

Skender has completed the 39,000-square-foot build-out and interior renovation for marketing software company Signal. Located at 222 N. LaSalle, Signal’s new space is sleek and functional, featuring communal areas and conference rooms named after Chicago brewpubs. The renovation, completed over a 20-week schedule in the 90-year-old Builders Building, required the demolition of existing offices and… Read More

Skender Construction Announces New Executive Hire

Todd Andrlik has joined Skender Construction as Vice President of Marketing. With nearly 20 years of construction and professional services marketing experience, Andrlik brings to Skender an impressive background in strategic planning, content marketing, digital marketing, branding and managing high-performing teams. He will be working with Skender’s executive leadership team to develop and execute branding… Read More

Skender Construction Named as a Best Place to Work in Illinois for Ninth Consecutive Year

Skender Construction was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois. Established in 2006, the awards program is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Student Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook… Read More

Skender Construction and Woodlawn Community Celebrate Groundbreaking of Woodlawn Station

Skender Construction and the Woodlawn community, along with state and local politicians, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, celebrated the groundbreaking of Woodlawn Station, a 95,000-square-foot transit-oriented development in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The development, located just under the Cottage Grove Green Line CTA terminus station, will feature a main building that contains 55 units and two… Read More

Skender Construction Announces New Executive Appointment

Skender Construction, a leading Chicago-based general contractor, announced today a new executive appointment to strengthen the company’s business development initiatives. Dan Ulbricht has joined Skender as Vice President. A 19-year commercial construction and real estate industry expert, Ulbricht brings industry experience, an understanding of real estate development and an aptitude for managing strategic relationships. He… Read More

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Fletcher Jones Service Center on Elston Ave

Newly completed construction of a luxury automotive service center, completed on an 8.5-acre urban fill plot in ChicagoÕs Goose Island neighborhood. Read More

Tom Conroy Joins Skender Construction as Senior Project Manager

Tom Conroy, SE, has joined Skender Construction as a senior project manager in Chicago. With nearly 30 years of construction and project management experience, Conroy brings an impressive portfolio of large-scale stadia, luxury hotels and high-rise, mixed-use development projects to the firm. "We are thrilled to welcome Tom to Skender’s operations team," says Mark Skender,… Read More

Fifth Annual Harvesting Hope Raises $25,000 for Embarc Chicago

The Builders' Board of Skender Foundation, comprised of young professionals, hosted its annual fundraiser, Harvesting Hope, on October 20 at House of Blues Chicago. This year’s charity partner and beneficiary was Embarc, a nonprofit three-year program that provides experience-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students. More than 300 people attended the event and raised… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of Axley Place Apartments

Skender Construction has completed construction of Axley Place Apartments, a two-building, 13-unit affordable housing development located in Glenview, Illinois. The 11,200-square-foot complex features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including three ADA compliant units and three adaptable units. "The opening of Axley Place is time for celebration," said Richard Koenig, PhD, Executive Director of Housing Opportunity… Read More

Over the Rainbow Association: The Mantra Build, Build, Build Takes on Higher Meaning

Elevation 007 In 1995, a young Evanston man was driving home from work when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer, crashed, and was left completely paralyzed. After a lengthy rehabilitation he moved in with his elderly mother.  When she died, his home became his biggest challenge. Without assistance from another person, he was unable… Read More

Capital One Financial: Reimagining the Way 65 Million Customers Interact With Their Money

Elevation 007 Hannah French, Capital One’s senior manager of design and construction, confesses that people just don’t think banks are exciting. But Capital One is not your average bank. “We’re a top-ten bank on a journey to become a leading high-tech company and digital innovator,” she said. French just wrapped up managing the design and… Read More

Extreme Makover: Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Apartments | Academy Square Apartments

Elevation 007 As landlords know, renovating an apartment is an exercise in timing and coordination. But renovating an entire building is more like an Olympic event, especially when it is fully occupied. Skender Construction last summer took on the massive rehabilitation, inside and out, of two circa 1970 rental communities on Chicago’s West Side. Within… Read More

Skender Construction Named as a Best Place to Work in Illinois for Eighth Consecutive Year

Skender Construction was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak… Read More

Skender Construction Announces Promotions

Skender Construction announced today that five employees have been promoted. Luke DeTolve was promoted from superintendent to senior superintendent. DeTolve has over a decade of experience managing ground-up and interior tenant improvement construction for major clients including Motorola Mobility, DeVry University and Cision. He joined Skender Construction in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of Bunker Labs at 1871

Skender Construction has completed construction of Bunker Labs, a veteran-owned business incubator within 1871 that supports fellow veteran entrepreneurs. Skender worked in collaboration with the Chicago office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will and multiple like-minded trade partners, volunteering services and donating materials to complete the buildout in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. With headquarters in… Read More

Skender Construction Promotes Bukowski and Simons to Project Executives

Skender Construction has promoted two members of its team to oversee the company’s daily operations. Brian Bukowski and Brian Simons were promoted to Project Executives, from Senior Project Managers. Bukowski and Simons will lead operations for all construction, project management and project administration activities throughout the firm. Bukowski joined Skender Construction in 2007 as a Project Engineer. He… Read More

Skender Foundation Announces Two New Directors

Skender Foundation has appointed Jeffrey Skender and Brian Skender to serve as directors of the foundation. Both members of the foundation's young professionals division, Builders' Board, Jeffrey and Brian will act as liaisons between Builders' Board and the foundation's Board of Directors while also assisting to improve overall operations, fundraising and membership efforts. Jeffrey Skender is a broker at… Read More

Skender Construction Completes Sleek New Space for PSAV

Skender Construction has completed construction on a new two-floor office space for PSAV, a global event technology service provider. The 75,000 square foot space at 5100 River Road in Schiller Park, IL features a bright, open design to encourage teamwork and collaboration. The design utilizes natural light and high-end finishes for a warm, modern feel.… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of The Villas of Lake in the Hills

Skender Construction has completed construction of The Villas of Lake in the Hills, a 60-unit affordable senior housing development located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. The 75,550-square-foot independent living facility features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including six ADA compliant units and 12 adaptable units. "The opening of The Villas this past summer marks… Read More

Fourth Annual Harvesting Hope Raises $30,000 for Foundations of Music

The Builders' Board of Skender Foundation, comprised of young professionals, hosted its annual fundraiser, Harvesting Hope, on October 15 at House of Blues Chicago. This year's charity partner and benefactor was Foundations of Music, a nonprofit organization that provides programs designed to implement culturally relevant, hands-on music education for children in Chicago. More than 350 people attended the… Read More

Skender Construction Completes Vibrant New Home for Enova International

Skender Construction has completed construction of the 165,000 square foot office relocation for Enova International, a global technology and analytics-driven online lender. The new space, at 175 West Jackson Boulevard in Downtown Chicago, utilizes open space and an efficient layout to foster collaboration and provide room for future growth. The bright, energetic space incorporates bold… Read More

4 Experts Share What’s Hot – and What’s Not – for Tech Office Trends

Having a killer office space in today’s tech-minded workplace is of utmost importance. More often than not, tech startups attract savvy workers with zero interest in working at your pop’s cubicled nine-to-five. But what factors actually go into making an office hot or not? From paint color, desk size, and layout all the way to… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of Breakthrough FamilyPlex Facility

Skender Construction has completed construction on the $11.4 million Breakthrough FamilyPlex, a community center built to empower Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood and combat the area’s disadvantages. The 42,500-square-foot facility provides youth and preschool classrooms, a gymnasium, medical clinic with 10 exam rooms, art studio, community café, technology center, fitness center and playground for local… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of Southwick Place

Skender Construction has completed construction of Southwick Place, a 40-unit affordable housing development located in south suburban Matteson. The apartment community is owned by Over the Rainbow Association (OTR), an Illinois nonprofit association dedicated to providing affordable, barrier-free housing solutions for people with physical disabilities. All units within the 37,000-square-foot complex exceed the 2010 ADA… Read More

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Cision Case Study

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

Skender Construction Continues to Grow Healthcare Construction Team

Skender Construction announced today that it has added a new senior superintendent to its growing healthcare team. John Weaver, LEED AP, CHC, has over 30 years’ experience managing construction for major healthcare institutions across Illinois. Weaver has served as senior superintendent for high-caliber projects such as Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, The Heart Hospital at… Read More

Down to Detail: NorthShore Place

Elevation 006 When Senior Lifestyle Corporation set out to develop its first Signature Collection community in the country, they knew that architectural details and innovative amenities would be key to achieving new heights of luxury. “We knew we wanted something first class,” said Jerry Frumm, executive vice president at Senior Lifestyle. “We wanted it to… Read More

The Changing Workplace: New Offices Are Smaller but Smarter

Elevation 005 The modern-day office environment has undergone a massive transformation. Spaces are smaller, but they also are smarter and more efficient. The walls have come down, both literally and figuratively. “The way people worked 20 years ago no longer exists,” said Bill Conopeotis, founder and president at ConopCo Project Management in Hoffman Estates. “Before,… Read More

Moto Moving Forward

Elevation 006 It was the largest tenant build-out the city has seen in at least a decade: The Motorola Mobility global headquarters relocation to Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart. Leasing 600,000 square feet on four floors, Moto’s new space has been likened to a 25-story high-rise turned on its side. But the massive adaptive re-use project… Read More

Building on Opportunity: Shop & Dine Northwestern Brings the Right Mix of Retail Offerings to the Healthcare Environment

Elevation 004 When Northwestern Memorial Hospital set out to integrate shops and restaurants into its program four years ago, they discovered they were catering to a much larger population than the average hospital. A comprehensive study revealed that a staggering 13.5 million retail transactions were occurring in the medical campus’ neighborhood of Streeterville each year.… Read More

Change is Good: Mercedes-Benz of Ontario

Elevation 004 Fletcher Jones Motorcars’ philosophy is to provide the same high-end service and satisfaction one might find at a five-star hotel or resort. As one of the most successful luxury automobile dealer groups in the country, their brand is built on creating memorable experiences and lasting relationships with their customers. With an established presence… Read More

Stepping It Up: Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center

Elevation 006 After an extensive search, Erie Family Health Center settled on the perfect building for a vibrant new community health center in Waukegan: A 1950s-era bank. Completely transforming a former financial institution into a quality medical and dental care facility that would serve 10,000 Lake County residents would be challenging, but the two-story masonry… Read More

Finding the Façade: American Society of Anesthesiologists

Elevation 006 The new headquarters of the American Society of Anesthesiologists is calmly situated among an expanse of office buildings in Schaumburg.  But the element of surprise makes this building wildly different than a typical build-to suit: The exterior’s mix of metal and glass is stunning from the outside, while the sophisticated open interior environment… Read More

Fourth Annual Summer Eclipse Raises More Than $325,000 For Local Charities

Skender Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, Summer Eclipse, on July 16 at The Underground Chicago. This year’s charity partner and primary benefactor was OneGoal, the nation’s only teacher-led college enrollment and persistence organization. $25,000 of the money raised by sponsors and attendees will be donated to OneGoal, while the rest will be dispersed to various… Read More

Skender Construction Named One of Chicago’s “Best & Brightest” for Eighth Consecutive Year

Skender Construction was named one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for the eighth consecutive year. The regional competition, sponsored by the National Association for Business Resources, honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resources practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as… Read More

Elevating the Industry: Howard Tullman

Elevation 006 The work at 1871 is never done. Just two years after its launch, Chicago’s largest and most talked-about tech incubator created 1,500 jobs, expanded its physical footprint in The Merchandise Mart and introduced 1871 2.0, a place that reflects the organization’s ever-evolving objectives and desire to constantly keep raising the bar. But innovation,… Read More

Skender Construction Announces Two New Executive Appointments

Skender Construction has announced two new appointments to its executive leadership team. Lisa Latronico has been promoted from Human Resources Director to Vice President, People and Culture at Skender Construction. Latronico has been a vital member of the Skender team since 2001 and has since pioneered a number of acclaimed employee enrichment and recruiting programs, leading the firm… Read More

The Legacy of Giving

Elevation 005 Since its 2012 inception, Skender Foundation has raised over $500,000, helped more than 50 charitable organizations, thrown four benefits and founded one subcommittee. But there’s one number that matters most: The number of lives changed, both now and in the future. “Our vision is to perpetuate the legacy of giving. That's what drives… Read More

Skender Construction, Eastlake Studio, JLL complete Cision’s new global headquarters in Chicago

Construction is complete on Cision’s new 50,000-square-foot global headquarters at One Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. The buildout was completed by general contractor Skender Construction, architect Eastlake Studio and project manager JLL. Cision and similar public relations software firm Vocus merged in 2014 and operate under the Cision banner. The new Cision, boasting 1,500 employees… Read More

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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. Read More

Balancing Creativity and Value: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Elevation 004 When United Way of Metropolitan Chicago merged with its suburban counterparts a decade ago, the nonprofit human services agency was housed in a West Loop loft building. Its various departments and functions were physically spread out and segregated across three separate floors. That environment wasn’t optimal for an organization that views one of… Read More

Fast Growth: BigMachines, Inc.

Elevation 004 In a little over a decade, BigMachines, Inc. has grown fast. What began as an internet start-up founded by MIT graduates in 2000 has transformed into a global company that has doubled its business year over year. Headquartered in north suburban Deerfield, BigMachines knew that their current office location was a temporary solution.… Read More

Skilled Labor Shortage: Builders Gear Up for a Changing Workforce

Elevation 005 The Great Recession is fading into the past, and construction is on the upswing. But many industry leaders have found they can’t simply pick up where they left off. An estimated 2 million jobs were lost to the economy, and that’s a tough blow. Even if the jobs come back, many of the… Read More

Community Health Centers: Affordable Care Act Spurs Growth, Centers are up for the Challenge

Elevation 005 As the Affordable Care Act continues to unfold, this landmark legislation is providing millions of Americans with better health and better life quality. It also is changing the delivery of health care and, in turn, the design and construction of health care facilities. A growing movement is replacing the traditional model of testing,… Read More

Keeping it in Full Swing: Albion at Loyola Station

Elevation 004 For Loyola University Chicago, creating a community reaches beyond the immediate campus. The faith-based institution has supported its Rogers Park neighborhood with the development of new luxury rental housing, retail spaces and a parking garage. The most recent endeavor is Albion at Loyola Station, a 29-unit, market rate apartment complex that opened last… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of American Society of Anesthesiologists Headquarters

Skender Construction completed construction of the new corporate headquarters for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), an educational, research and scientific society to raise and maintain the standards of anesthesiology. Located in Schaumburg, IL, the new 77,000-square-foot, three-story, highly custom headquarters houses ASA’s more than 200 local employees and supports the organization’s membership functions, education… Read More

Motorola Mobility Wins ENR Midwest Best Project and CoreNet Chicago Project of the Year

The Motorola Mobility Headquarters Relocation project has been recognized with two regional project of the year awards: ENR Midwest Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement Project and CoreNet Chicago Project of the Year. The new headquarters, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, was completed by project manager CBRE, architect Gensler, general contractor Skender Construction, MEP engineer Environmental… Read More

Elevating the Industry: Google

Elevation 005 What’s it take to build a great culture? Some tout buzzwords in an effort to build culture, others try to meticulously design it from the top-down. One thing is clear: For those searching for that sustainable one-up over the competition, culture is becoming a critical part of the conversation. If companies take a… Read More

Skender Completes Construction of North Shore Place

Skender Construction has completed construction of North Shore Place, a new 156-unit assisted living and memory care community for seniors in Northbrook, IL. The new five-story community is located at 1000 Sunset Ridge Road and consists of luxury retirement apartments as well as state-of-the-art memory care accommodations. Senior Lifestyle Corporation is the owner and operator.… Read More

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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… Read More

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Motorola Mobility: The Labs

Constructing laboratory space at Motorola Mobility's new corporate headquarters required a specialized approach. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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Motorola Mobility: GNPO

Building Motorola Mobility's GNPO facility required specialized planning. Read More

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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. Read More

Summer Eclipse raises over $320,000 for local charities

Skender Foundation hosted its third annual Summer Eclipse on July 17. Over 400 people attended the fundraiser, held at The Underground Chicago, raising over $320,000 for charity partner ChiArts and various other local organizations impacting education and wellness. This year’s highlighted cause and primary benefactor was ChiArts, Chicago’s first public high school for the performing… Read More

Skender Construction Named One of Chicago’s “Best & Brightest” 2014

Skender Construction was named one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for the seventh consecutive year. The regional competition, sponsored by the National Association for Business Resources, honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resources practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assesed based on categories such as… Read More

Brett Opie joins Skender Construction as Vice President

Skender Construction has announced a new executive appointment to strengthen the company’s business development initiatives. Brett Opie has joined Skender as Vice President. A 20-year commercial real estate veteran, Opie brings a range of multifaceted industry experience to the growing company, including brokerage, development, landlord / tenant representation and sales management. Opie will work in… Read More

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Summer Eclipse on WGN Morning News Around Town

Highlighting Summer Eclipse and ChiArts with Ana Belaval at The Underground Chicago. Read More

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EarthCam: American Society of Anesthesiologists

A time lapse video of the new 3-story, 75,000 SF office facility constructed for ASA. Architects: Tilton, Kelly + Bell; Epstein General Contractor: Skender Construction Read More

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Motorola Mobility Corporate Headquarters Construction Case Study

Motorola Mobility's new corporate headquarters in Chicago's Merchandise Mart is a once-in-a-lifetime project. This case study details how the project team collaborated to bring this 600,000 SF project to life in 45 weeks. Read More

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Motorola Mobility Global Headquarters Construction Case Study

Motorola Mobility's new corporate headquarters in Chicago's Merchandise Mart is a once-in-a-lifetime project. This case study details how the project team collaborated to bring this 600,000 SF project to life in 45 weeks. Read More

Skender Construction named No. 1 Best Place to Work in Illinois 2014

Skender Construction has been named the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Illinois for the second consecutive year. In 2014, Skender, last year's leader of the small employer category, joined the ranks and made the top of the list of medium-sized companies. The awards program, promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger, was designed to identify, recognize… Read More

Elevating the Industry: Andy Gloor

Elevation 004 For anyone who works in commercial real estate, it’s no secret the neighborhood known for its meat packers and industrial chic is about to boom. Google and bicycle manufacturer SRAM are gearing up to call the area known as Fulton Market home. Others are following suit, making this location one of the most… Read More

Dan Marijan Promoted to Partner at Skender Construction

Skender Construction has announced the promotion of Senior Superintendent Dan Marijan to Partner at the firm. Dan Marijan has been a Senior Superintendent at Skender Construction for over ten years and has 30 years’ experience managing construction sites throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. He has managed some of the largest and most complex projects in… Read More

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Cicchetti | Sopraffina at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Owner Dan Rosenthal discusses his experience completing 9,200 square foot dual restaurant buildout at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with Skender. Read More

Skender Construction Announces a New Generation of Leadership and Partners

Skender Construction, a general contractor headquartered in downtown Chicago, announced today that it has promoted a number of executives to new levels of leadership. This change will allow the company to build an exciting corporate culture unparalleled in the construction industry and poise itself for continued growth. Joseph Skender, currently president of Skender Construction, has… Read More

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Skender Construction Named One of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Illinois

Skender Construction has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for the sixth consecutive year. The annual, statewide awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. Read More

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