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First Look Inside the New Helen Plum Library

The walls are up and the building is taking shape! Check out the first look inside the new Helen Plum Library in Lombard.

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The library, opening in 2023, has a long history. In 2015 FQC completed a Facility Condition Assessment Report to evaluate building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection). Following this assessment Engberg Anderson Architects and FQC developed a 5-year master facility plan and the library board moved forward and passed a public referendum.

Following years of site evaluation and negotiations with the local park district to remain on the existing library site, the decision was made to choose a new site on Main Street, near downtown Lombard.

The new 2-story, 55,000 SF facility will feature larger meeting and study rooms with the latest audio and visual technologies. It will also allow the library to expand its Youth Services to include a storytime room and flexible activities space. The adult collection will occupy the second story - a quiet space surrounded by windows, and the center of the building will be a community “Hub” featuring a café area with seating. The new building will also feature a convenient drive-thru for easy pick up and drop off as well as self check-out stations.

 

Highland Park Begins Construction on New Fire Station

Construction is underway on the long awaited Ravinia Fire Station #32 in Highland Park.  Frederick Quinn Corporation, as Construction Manager, is working with the City of Highland Park and Williams Architects to develop a new home for the Department.  The replacement facility, built on the site of the former station, will have better functionality and up-to-date modern equipment. City officials held a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the start of the project. Recently the Fire Department moved into a temporary facility during construction.  The $6.5M project is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2023.

 

Cary Municipal Center – Public Works Project of the Year

Congratulations to the Village of Cary on their “Public Works Project of the Year (2021).” The American Public Works Association, Fox Valley Branch, awarded the Cary Municipal Center the title for its new combined Village Hall & Police Station.  The project consists of a two-story building featuring public areas, a new boardroom, Village and Police offices, Police Department training rooms, and a modern forensic processing lab and evidence room.  The project began in late 2020 in partnership with FGM Architects and Frederick Quinn Corporation and incorporates many “green initiatives.” These environmental considerations include high-efficiency LED light fixtures, lighting motion sensors, mass wall insulation and window glazing systems – all part of Commonwealth Edison’s Energy Efficiency Program. The building also includes a sidewalk ice melting system that reduces the use of salt during the winter months, and has space for future electric vehicle charging stations.  The $8.5 million facility was completed in 2021.

 

Harold Washington Social Security Center Granted LEED Silver Certification

FQC is pleased to announce the LEED Silver Certification of the 6th floor renovations at the Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago. Located at 600 W. Madison Street, the project involved restacking a portion of the Social Security Administration offices.  Three offices were relocated from another building eliminating additional leased spaces and consolidating the offices within the federally owned property.  The US Green Building Council awards LEED status based on sustainable design and construction.  Sustainability is a big part of the culture at FQC.  Nearly every project FQC has worked on in the last 10 years has incorporated “Green Building Initiatives.”

 

The New Helen Plum Library is Underway!

Construction of the much awaited, brand-new, Helen Plum Library is under way!  Frederick Quinn Corporation is proud to join the library board, Engberg Anderson Architects and the Village of Lombard in announcing the ground breaking of the new facility.  It is located on the site of the old Mr. Z’s grocery store on South Main Street in Lombard. 

The new 2-story, 55,000 SF facility will feature larger meeting and study rooms with the latest audio and visual technologies.  It will also allow the library to expand its Youth Services to include a storytime room and flexible activities space.  The adult collection will occupy the second story - a quiet space surrounded by windows, and the center of the building will be a community “Hub” featuring a café area with seating.  The new building will also feature a convenient drive-thru for easy pick up and drop off as well as self check-out stations.  The library is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

For more information about the Helen Plum Library visit www.helenplum.org.