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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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Andy's Frozen Custard Mount Prospect site work challenges

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
One challenge this week was the placement of the storm water structures. 2 of the structures could not be placed exactly where the engineers had it drawn up because of a 24 inch storm sewer pipe that runs along the south side of the property. The reason these 2 structures worked on the drawings is because on the drawings they use a pencil line to indicate a 24" sewer line, as well as all other sizes of storm water pipes. In order to remedy this problem, I facilitated a phone conference between the excavator, the engineer, and myself. The solution was to place the structures as close as possible to the plans. Now this may seem like a simple solution, I assure it was not. By moving the structures, evelavtions had to be adjusted, and due to one of the structure being on a radius curb line, we had to make sure it was in the drive and not in the curb line.

As far as a time reduction, by using contractors that can be flexible, we continue to whittle down construction time. At the beginning of projects a construction schedule is made, and by using the same quality contractors, time is naturally reduced. By using quality and flexible contractors, the contractors are able to come in ahead of their slotted schedule when a contractor in front of them on the schedule finishes early, allowing Projx to reduce construction time. 


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Goldfish Swim School

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Projx Construction Group is a General Contractor in Chicagoland. We just completed a Goldfish Swim School in Chicago's Wicker Park area. This 10,000 sq. ft. stand-alone building gave the Projx team many challenges both before and during construction.

We worked directly with the architects and engineer expediting the submittal process for permit approval through the City of Chicago. We also came up with "Value Engineering" ideas to save the owner money. One idea was to raise the parking lot site to lessen the amount of bad soils to be removed and trucked to a special dump. This saved the owner considerable trucking costs. Another issues was the sewer and water hookup locations had to be changed per the City of Chicago. These are time-sensitive issues that normally would extend the construction process.

However, Projx Construction Group was able to overcome all obstacles and still complete the build on time and on schedule.

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  • Soil reports
    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 …
    Read more »
  • Penn station Morton Grove
    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 …
    Read more »
  • Goldfish Swim School owners representative
    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 …
    Read more »
  • Goldfish Swim School Glen Ellyn
    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 …
    Read more »
  • Bad soil equals an expensive suprise
    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. …
    Read more »


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