Northwestern Business College

Northwestern Business College, Chicago’s first private business college, had outgrown its southwest suburban campus in Hickory Hills and hired Krusinski Construction Company to renovate its newly acquired 88,000 square-foot retail space.   The college acquired a former department store in Bridgeview to renovate the space to include 15 lecture halls, 13 computer labs, medical and clinical classrooms, library, bookstore and learning center, spa area, student lounge, 200-seat auditorium and administrative and admissions offices.

The challenge was demolishing and renovating the space in four months.

Krusinski was up to the challenge and worked diligently with partners at Design Architects to develop an expedited schedule encompassing seven days a week, often with double crews. To keep tradesmen from tripping over one another, the space was divided into four quadrants, which allowed multiple trades to work at the same time.

Not only did classes start the first week in September, as scheduled, but the new campus allowed Northwestern Business College to double its enrollment from an estimated 450 students at the old campus to 900 at the new college.  The college also celebrated an anniversary that was well deserved – more than 100 years old.

The project received a design excellence award by the American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.

CN Training Center

Krusinski Construction Company completed the development of a U.S. Operations Training Center for CN Railway on a 5.4-acre site in Homewood, Illinois.  The location in the Chicago area is the largest freight hub in North America and  suburban Homewood is home to CN’s U. S. headquarters.  This state-of-the-art 2-story training center estimates that it will host up to 250 CN students across the United States every week providing hands-on training for all key railway positions.  The facility is located adjacent to the locomotive repair center and was constructed over an old railroad turntable and roundhouse.  The center provides CN with a space to continue to instill a strong safety culture amongst new hires and reinforce it across current employees who are learning new skills or upgrading existing capabilities.  Employees will receive training in learning laboratories with equipment such as locomotive simulators and dispatcher stations.  The site boasts 14 classrooms, two learning labs and a 10-acre field training facility.  The training programs range anywhere from three to 24 weeks and will allow CN employees to earn proper certification. 

After completing the training center, KCC renovated an existing 75,183 square-foot office space and supplemented the facility with a 19,914 square-foot addition. The building consists of  increased office space and a new, larger rail data center. The 215 stall parking lot also received a 73 stall expansion.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.


Greater Atlanta Christian Junior & Senior High School Renovation

Following the spin-off from Kimberly-Clark Clark Corporation, Halyard Health relocates their headquarters office to Kimberly-Clark’s campus in Alpharetta, GA. Four floors within two office buildings are renovated in an extremely fast-paced four-month schedule. Halyard Health is a global healthcare company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain, and speeding recovery.

Full height glass doors lined with Halyard’s distinct logo allow guests to enter through various other points of entry. Upon entering Halyard’s main lobby, guests are greeted by porcelain Italian tile floors and a fumed Aspen wood reception desk. Halyard’s logo is prominently displayed against custom millwork wall panels. Canted display walls with additional printed vinyl decals create an unmistakable sophistication in elevator lobbies. Elevator lobbies and conference areas are illuminated by 5-foot cylindrical mud-in lighting fixtures. A skyfold partition is installed in the large conference room.

In the six breakrooms throughout the corporate office, Italian porcelain tile backsplash plus custom millwork panels evoke the modern atmosphere felt throughout the entire office.

The renovation encourages employee collaboration and engagement. Breakaway rooms made for small conferences include full monitors and backlit LED lighting lining the wall, facilitating mobile conferencing. Comfortable seating plus full internet capabilities allow for a shared work environment in the mobile lounge. Nearly 80% of the sheetrock in the office is covered with writable wall surfaces, enhancing employee teamwork. Scheduling monitors are installed outside all rooms with meeting capabilities to eliminate any scheduling complications. Wellness rooms provide a place for relaxation and healing for new and expectant mothers or employees feeling under the weather.

Central core areas feature custom designed booths complete with Halyard’s distinct colors, full bar-height island, fumed Aspen millwork, and elegant Cambria quartz side panels. Employees can enjoy a sophisticated coffee bar with a high-end espresso maker and monitors. BuzziSpace, a sound-absorbing felt, is installed in common core areas allowing for acoustic deafening. LED lighting throughout these areas have occupancy sensors to allow for energy efficiency. Custom display cabinets are installed outside of core areas, showcasing the company’s products.

One of the largest and most unique areas in this multi-faceted project is the laboratory space. A see-through custom ducted, stainless steel fume hood is installed, allowing employees to view experiments occurring in the lab. As employees enter the lab, all of the printed vinyl decals on the full height glass doors showcase the patent numbers of all of Halyard’s products. Welded chemical resistant vinyl floors and multi-faceted millwork clouds hang above all lab islands, creating the look of a sail. These millwork clouds aid in both lighting and acoustics, absorbing sound created in the laboratory. Each lab island is equipped with epoxy resin tops, medical gases, and completely deionized water systems. Mock-up rooms allow customers to see all of the company’s products in motion, offering true-to-life and fully operational surgery rooms with surgical lighting and medical equipment.

Halyard’s basement contains a machine shop prototype room, installed for new product development. An environmental chamber allows employees to modify the controlled environment, including humidity and temperature, to facilitate product reaction experimentation. To allow for the sophisticated equipment installed throughout the building, a steel platform is built on the roof housing mechanical equipment and exhaust units. A screen is installed around the equipment, featuring 15-foot Alucobond metal panels and covering 40-by-90-feet, to obscure visibility from the road. A synthetic rubber 60-mil roof is added with a wire platform to support the mechanical equipment and exhaust units.

The Commons at University of North Georgia

The Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) has signed a long-term lease agreement with Corvias to develop, maintain, and operate student housing on multiple campuses across the state over the next 65 years. University of North Georgia is one of seven campuses receiving student housing in phase one of this public-private-partnership.

With enrollment increasing exponentially, the need for student housing has risen at the University of North Georgia. Two student housing buildings totaling 118,268 SF join the compendium of residence life at the University of North Georgia adding 540 beds in 169 suite and semi-suite style dormitory units. The buildings are located on a 2.65 acres site surrounded by the campus on all sides. Common areas include gathering rooms, study lounges, laundry rooms, and a connect room featuring billards, foosball, and a projector screen. Finishes are typical of University of North Georgia’s current dormitory standards, utilizing a mix of carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile flooring in the dorm units.

Four existing duplexes are removed from the site and one existing staff apartment is demolished to make way for the dormitories. With over 60 feet of elevation change from one end to the other on the site, the buildings needed slab-on-grade at five different elevations to accommodate the topography.

Both buildings utilize a partial podium slab configuration for the first level with three and four stories of wood framing above. The exterior skin is comprised primarily of brick masonry with cast stone accents and cement panel siding at upper elevations. Exposed timber canopies accent the building entrances. The roof is an architectural asphalt shingle with IPE decking at the roof terrace for student lounging.

The mechanical system utilizes VTAC units in the dorms and a centralized boiler provides domestic hot water.

Widener University

The newest residence hall to the Widener campus in over 10 years provides an engaging living space for students to build a sense of community. The four-story, 73,000 SF building accommodated 200 students and offers traditional rooms with a shared bathroom and apartment style units with full kitchens. Students enjoy a central courtyard and multiple study / lounge areas. The on-site Dining Center offers Einstein Bros. Bagels and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

College Hall

IMC renovated College Hall at Montgomery County Community College. College Hall is the center piece  of campus and is the last and most significant undertaking in the school’s five year construction plan. College Hall houses the library, cafeteria, executive offices and student support facilities. The  project includes the renovation of the existing 125,000 SF and two multi-story additions. The work was done in multiple phases and performed while the building was fully occupied and functioning.

Delaware Valley University Life Sciences

IMC served as the design-builder for Delaware Valley College’s new Life Science Center. The main floor of the building includes six large classrooms, conference facility and a 450-seat auditorium. Upper levels include additional classrooms and laboratories. IMC’s Virtual Design and Construction department created a Building Information Model (BIM) that was utilized throughout the design and construction process.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School-Buddy Temple ’60 Dining Hall/Booth Student Center

The project is centrally located in the heart of the pedestrian-only 60 year-old campus. The buildings are woven into the landscape within inches of large live oaks, settled between the residential end of campus and the main student thoroughfare and drop-off area. The schedule was compressed to meet the needs of the school to be complete by opening day of the 2013-14 academic year. The artistic design, value management process, pre-purchase, and construction phasing and delivery logistics, all helped make the Dining Hall and Student Center project the “crown jewel” of the St. Stephen’s campus. The project received the ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award and a 2014 Texas Society of Architects Design Award.

SMU Moody Coliseum Renovation

Originally built in the 1956 as an 8,998-seat multi-purpose arena, Rogers-O’Brien has completed the expansion and renovation of SMU’s Moody Coliseum. The north expansion of the existing facility adds a club area for VIP guests, along with new suites, a full finishing kitchen, locker rooms and coaches’ offices for several of SMU’s athletics. The expansion of the basement includes a new dock and practice area for the rowing team. The east addition creates a new Hall of Fame Club. The renovation of the arena involved the installation of new seating, updated concession areas, modernized restrooms and new MEP systems.

Dallas ISD Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School

Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School is a 3-story, 205,000 SF environmentally sustainable facility for the Dallas ISD, built to accommodate 1,250 students. The building features 64 classrooms, multiple administration offices, a library, an auditorium, several gymnasiums, and adjacent athletic fields. Construction of the ground-up facility required complex site logistics with the relocation of utilities and geothermal heating and air conditioning systems. Named after the civil rights activist and spiritual leader Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., the school’s mission statement ensures student success by creating a well-structured, student-centered environment where effective high quality instruction is in every classroom and rigorous student learning is the norm. This project is the recipient of a Regional Hispanic Contractors Association Pillar Award, AIA Dallas Honors Award and a Topping Out Award.