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Hines BBQ

Saturday, August 12, 2017
On a beautiful summer day in July, Hines Supply treated the Projx team as well as some of our subcontractors and customers to a barbecue. Hines Supply provided a mobile barbecue team including a huge grill, all the fixings and a great staff at one of our jobsites in Naperville. The jobsite is a new Andy's frozen custard location that will be the second in the Naperville area.  Our thanks go out to the Hines team as well as our subcontractors that attended the event!
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Slim Chickens

Friday, August 11, 2017

Projx Construction Group welcomes Slim Chickens to the Chicagoland area!  We are excited to be involved in the first franchise location being built in Bollingbrook.  The Slim Chickens' site is being demoed this week and construction should be starting in about 30 days.  Projx has had the pleasure to work with Lake County Grading on the demolition of the existing building and site utilities.  Lake County Grading has worked in a very professional manner including an email everyday informing us of the following day's construction activities.  Great communication guys, thank you!


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Saving money on a Goldfish Swim School in Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, August 10, 2017
We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the Projx Team on the exemplary effort that took place on our Goldfish Swim School in Middletown, New Jersey.  After soliciting five competitive General Contractor bids, our project came in well over budget.  Projx jumped into high gear to find ways to evaluate each subcontractor line item, make cost comparisons based previous completed projects with comparable scopes of work and meet with subcontractors to fine tune their estimates.  By performing all of these tasks Projx was able to reduce the overall price by 8% or $128,000.00 without modifying the plans and specifications thus bringing the overall price under budget.  Total customer satisfaction is how we would describe the Projx Team.  Thanks again for all of your efforts to enhance our overall proformance. 
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Goldfish Swimsuit owners rep

Friday, August 4, 2017
We engaged Projx Construction as an owners rep to assist us with our buildout of Goldfish Swim School in Richmond VA. Given that Goldfish was new to the Richmond market, the GC’s in the area did not have prior experience with the brand. Projx had been the GC for several schools in the Chicago market and we felt they may be able to assist us in working with the GC’s. The initial bids came in and were several $100k over our initial budget. Projx worked directly with the GC’s on our behalf and was able reduce the final bid by $300k!  Todd and Mark were helpful, responsive and were able to help us keep our costs in line. 

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Geopiers

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Last week at Projx Construction Group, we encountered some unstable soil conditions. In order for us to build on the site, we had to achieve a 2500 psi on the ground. After going through multiple solutions, we agreed upon Geopiers. Here is a quick run down of the process. 1. drill down to the engineered designed depth, diameter is also determined by engineer, but I think 2 feet is standard. 2. apply stone, alternating between ca7 and 3 inch stone. The key to this is compacting the stone as you alternate. As you compact the stone the ground surrounding the hole begins to compress, thus giving the ground compressive strength. On our particular project, there were 25 of these Geopiers installed in a 650 square foot building, drilled down to a depth of 9.5 below footing grade. By the way, Step one should have been soil testing and the let the engineers do their thing. The engineers come up with how close the holes need to be and the depth. A picture of the machinery used to install these Geopiers is included below.


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Soil reports

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Here at Projx Construction we work closely with our clients throughout the construction process. One of the most neglected items during the acquisition portion of the commercial or residential property is the lack of due diligence in regards to soil conditions. Standard procedure during the investigative portion of buying a piece of land is to obtain a soil report about the property. Countless times and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost overruns can be attributed to lack of soil due diligence. From contaminated soil, bearing capacity's, and moisture content Projx Construction will analyze the reports and better educate our clients on the decisions they will be making.
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Penn station Morton Grove

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Projx Construction Group, the Commercial General Contractor out of Hoffman Estates, Illinois has completed the buildout for the most recent addition to the Penn Station restaurant family.  
With over 310 restaurants in 15 states, Penn Station is known for their fantastic hot grilled subs, fresh cut French fries and hand squeezed lemonade.  Their latest restaurant is located at 7923 Golf Road in Morton Grove, Illinois. This is the fifth Penn Station restaurant Projx has completed in Illinois, with the other Penn St./Projx locations in Bolingbrook, Skokie, Grayslake and Gurnee.
Tony Zagone, franchise owner, was drawn to the location because of the strong traffic counts, proximity to residential developments and close to the solid employment base in Morton Grove, Niles, Des Plaines and Glenview.
Completed in March, Projx and their team of trade partners wrapped up the demolition and buildout on time for Tony’s target of a Spring Grand Opening.  The coordination between Penn Station VP of Construction Kirk Durchholz, Tony Zagone, C & T- Penn’s preferred  Kitchen equipment provider and Projx ensured the goal was achieved on time and on schedule.  
The experienced team at Projx has vetted the Chicagoland trade base to partner with the most qualified, coupled with the systematic scheduling and communication processes, allows us to assist our clients throughout the construction process.  
Head over to Tony’s Morton Grove location and checkout the Projx attention to detail while having a great Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.
 

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Goldfish Swim School owners representative

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Projx Construction Group was just recently awarded the contract to be the owner's representative for a long time client.  We built a Goldfish Swim School for Randall Barbat about three years ago in Plainfield,  Il.  Rand is now expanding his Goldfish Swim School business into new markets.  New Jersey is Randall's next territory which he is concentrating his efforts.  Randall and Projx have formed a great relationship over the last few years based upon trust and expertise.   Randall has hired Projx to assist him in selecting the right general contractor in the New Jersey market.  The Projx team just recently visited the future Goldfish location in Middletown New Jersey and became familiar with the site.  During this initial visit, Projx set up 5 interviews with 5 prequalified general contractors.  It is Projx's responsibility to identify the right general contractor for this project as well as four others in the New Jersey area.  Projx is in the process of identifying each general contractors' strengths and weaknesses along with obtaining a contractor's statement representing all proposed costs for the Middletown project.
Besides selecting the right general contractor, it is Projx's responsibility to manage the general contractor with weekly meetings, reports, submittals, communication and jobsite visits to assure that the project stays on schedule, on budget and the expected quality standards are met.  We are very excited about this first opportunity of acting as the owner's rep with Goldfish.  Projx has acted as the general contractor and successfully built more Goldfish Swim Schools in the country and we look forward to using the expertise that we have obtained to assist other franchisees in other new markets as a general contractor or an owner's representative. 


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Goldfish Swim School Glen Ellyn

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Blog Enthusiasts and parents of young children,
Goldfish are natural swimmers. They never have the need to learn to swim. In any event, this is a very clever name for a school whose mission is to teach children to swim, much like that of such a creature. Ironically, goldfish, as they age, become scum sucking bottom dwellers known as Carps…. with that, some children that acquire swimming skills to become attorneys, who have many of the same characteristics as the fish. None the less, The Goldfish Swim School in Glen Ellyn IL. is currently the project I have been given the opportunity to oversee as the superintendent. Hi, my name is Mark B (aka Pops). Working for The Projx Construction Group, this is the first swim school for me. Projx has built several of these schools contracting many of the same subcontractors. As a core unit of management and manpower, we have successfully managed, built and consistently opened on time. Now, as the franchise is growing to other parts of the country Projx Construction Group will continue as the builder, but will also be assuming the role of the owner’s construction representatives.

With our combined years of experience in the industry, and the vast knowledge of this and other similar projects, we are greatly confident in achieving future owners/franchisees the assurance that we have control of the project. From the permitting process to receipt of occupancy, we will deliver an on-time completion, as well as the highest standard of quality workmanship. Look us up, I’m the old guy standing in the back :)

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Bad soil equals an expensive suprise

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Surprises are never a good thing in construction. But they come with the territory.

Recently Ed Reilly, a project manager with Projx Construction Group, found a potentially expensive surprise lurking underground. When Ed dug up the floor of a decades-old structure in Evanston to buildout Goldfish Swim School's latest location, he discovered a $46,000 problem - bad soil.

The soil test engineer declared the ground unfit for the weight of a pool full of water. He told Ed he needed to dig out four extra feet of material and replace it with 3" stone. An expensive undertaking totaling $46,000 in additional costs for his client. 

"It's a tough situation because it's not something anyone could have foreseen. Goldfish didn't have this in their budget, yet they really didn't have a choice," said Ed. "I knew I needed to find a less costly way to support the weight." 

Most contractors would have just sent the client a bill. But not Ed, he reached out to Projx' engineering team and together with the soil engineer they found a creative solution -  Tensar Geogrid.
 
Geogrid is actually a product made for constructing highways. But the ingenious team at Projx found a way to safely incorporate it into a swimming pool - saving their client $22,000.

It's a happy ending to a successful project. Now the kids of Evanston have a great new space to learn to swim. And Projx Construction Group has a happy client
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