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5 Education/Public Institution Projects
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1 Elmhurst School District 205 Elementary & Middle Schools

McHugh served as construction manager for the expansion and renovation of 11 elementary and middle schools. The most significant work occurred at Hawthorne Elementary School, built in 1888, damaged by fire in 1917, and refurbished in 1921. McHugh constructed a new wing then rebuilt Hawthorne in sections while school remained in session. The construction safety program McHugh developed for Elmhurst’s York High School was equally effective for these smaller schools.


  • Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments Honorable Mention, Illinois Association of School Boards
  • Reconstruction + Renovation Bronze Award, Building Design + Construction

Elmhurst, IL, USA

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2 Roosevelt University Academic Center

To meet the challenge of placing over 16,000 cubic yards of concrete over 33 stories on this cramped urban site, McHugh marshaled its expertise to design a unique concrete placing device to allow for pouring the core without using a full-sized placing boom. Other innovations included the use of a self-climbing core form system that rose without the need for any crane time and designing the core forms with a working platform to accommodate loads from reinforcing steel laydown and suspended access stairs.

430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

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3 Thompson Hall - Western Illinois University

The renovations to Thompson Hall included removal and replacement of the exterior enclosure system; replacement of the HVAC systems on each floor; and providing new finishes in the dorm rooms. Originally constructed in 1969, Thompson Hall houses 630 dorm rooms over 19 floors and was clad in 170,000 sf of wall panels and windows. Crews removed the old system and installed 125,000 sf of new glass curtainwall and 45,000 sf of new rain screen metal panel wall system. 

Additional exterior work included the installation of new canopies, entry doors and hardware, and new roofs. Interior work included coordination of asbestos removal with the University’s abatement contractor; selective demolition to provide access for the exterior wall replacement; and installation of new HVAC systems, drywall, carpet, paint, and window coverings.

1200 N Western Ave, Macomb, IL 61455, USA

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4 Riverside Brookfield High School

A historic structure, a mere 6.6-acre site and 1,400 students on hand: these are a few hurdles McHugh faced for its $64 million renovation and expansion of Riverside Brookfield High School.

160 Ridgewood Rd, Riverside, IL 60546, USA

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5 York Community High School

In one of the most successful Chicago-area school projects in decades, McHugh completed the reconstruction of this award-winning high school more than six months ahead of schedule through strategic design and engineering changes, innovative project management and a close relationship with the client.

355 St Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

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