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ICA Completes Nephron Dialysis Clinic Expansion


6/2/14 by Brian Smith

Spring 2014. Bringing the project in on-time and under budget,  Itasca Construction Associates successfully completed the expansion to the Nephron Dialysis Clinic at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago.  This multi-phase project was accomplished with limited work space and mimimal disruption to the existing clinic. 

ICA Breaks Ground on Newhaven Display International Facility


October 22, 2013 by Phil Van Duyne

Construction is well underway for Newhaven Display International’s new 26,500 square-foot facility on Galvin Court in Elgin.  Corporate offices, an R&D Lab, assembly area and distribution functions will be housed in the new building.  Korte Architects provided architectural, structural, civil and MEP design services.  David Crane is ICA’s project manager and Craig Van Duyne is the field superintendent.

Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its commercial, industrial, municipal, retail, healthcare and institutional clients.

ICA Completes New Lenox Medical Office Suite


2/4/2013 by Phil Van Duyne

ICA recently completed the latest tenant improvement project for Heartland Cardiovascular Centers in New Lenox, IL.  The space includes multiple exam rooms, a doctor’s office, nurses’ station and procedure room.  Because the space is located over another tenant’s space, some of the construction activities had to take place after hours in order to minimize disruption to the other occupants.  ICA’s superintendent, Craig Van Duyne, worked closely with the existing tenant, building management and building ownership to make sure everything went smoothly.

The doctors of Heartland Cardiovascular Center offer a broad range of techniques and bring their patients the latest advancements in cardiology care. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart and cardiovascular system diseases.

This is the second project ICA has completed for Heartland Cardiologists.  We appreciate the repeat business and the level of trust the doctors and staff have in ICA.  We’re looking forward to the next project with them.


Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its commercial, industrial, municipal, retail, medical and institutional clients. 

ICA to Complete Mueller & Co., LLP Tenant Improvements


July 6, 2012 by Phil Van Duyne

Mueller & Co., LLP has selected ICA for the construction of their office suite at 1707 North Randall Road in Elgin.  The 19,800 s.f. space will be ready for occupancy in late October.  Pat Plath is ICA’s project manager and Steve Hoerman is the field superintentdent.

SWD and ICA Team Up Again


August 20, 2012 by Phil Van Duyne

SWD has once again teamed up with ICA for their construction needs.  Construction is now underway on the new 55,300 s.f. building addition.  David Crane is the project manager and Steve Hoerman is the field superintendent.  David Crane was also the project manager for the existing 105,000 s.f. facility which was built in 1993.

Porter Pipe and Supply Company Awards Work to ICA


January 31, 2012 by Phil Van Duyne

Porter Pipe and Supply Company of Addison, Il, an industrial pipe, valve and fitting wholesaler serving the pipefitting, engineering and construction trades in the Midwest, has selected Itasca Construction Associates, Inc. as their general contractor for the improvements planned for their recently purchased building on Rohlwing Road in Addison.  The 240,000 s.f. facility will house Porter Pipe and Supply Company’s material warehouse, fabrication shop, show room and corporate offices.  David Crane is ICA’s project manager and Steve Hoerman is the field superintendent.

Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its industrial, municipal, retail, medical and institutional clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

ICA is Awarded Another Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Clinic


December 12, 2011 by Brian Smith

State of the art dialysis care is coming to the Joliet area.  Itasca Construction Associates has been hired to build a new 20 chair renal dialysis care clinic.  The project is scheduled for a Spring of 2012 completion.  Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s leading company devoted to patient-oriented renal therapy. 

Craig Van Duyne acquires Healthcare Construction Certification


10/3/2011 by Brian Smith

Craig Van Duyne, Itasca Construction Associates Civil Engineer, is now an American Society of Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association Accredited Professional.   Craig passed the exams (98 percentile) developed and administered by American Hospital Association and has completed a level of healthcare construction experience along with a commitment and desire to improve his awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the healthcare construction environment, and thereby improve the quality of patient care. 

ICA Completes Provena's Neuroscience Institute


9/19/2011 by Phil Van Duyne

The Region’s first Neuroscience Institute opened its doors in August.  Itasca Construction Associates completed the 6,600 s.f. tenant improvement project for Provena St. Joseph Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute in the Madison Medical Plaza in Joliet.  The new space includes 15 exam rooms, 2 treatment and exam rooms and a large spinal therapy room.  David Crane was the project manager and Craig Van Duyne was the field superintendent for both projects.

Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its industrial, municipal, retail, medical and institutional clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

ICA completes Clariant facility improvements


July 28, 2011 by Phil Van Duyne

Earlier this month, ICA completed the multi-phase modernization of Clariant's West Chicago facility.  Because the work was being done while the facility was in operation, close communication and coordination between the construction crews and manufacturing personnel was critical.  Both parties work very closely together and the project was completed safely and quickly.

Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its industrial, municipal, retail, medical and institutional clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.


Wilmot Mountain hires ICA for Tubing Hill Project


June 3, 2011 by Phil Van Duyne

Wilmot Mountain has hired ICA as the construction manager for their new snow tubing hill and lodge.  Earthwork operations are underway and lodge construction activities will begin in August.

Itasca Construction Associates is a commercial design-build general contractor focused on developing practical, efficient and economical design solutions and highly professional and service-oriented construction delivery methods for its industrial, municipal, retail, medical and institutional clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

ICA Earns Trade Ally Status


May 29, 2009 by Mark Galioto

Itasca Construction has recently acquired Trade Ally status with both the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Commonwealth Edison.  Trade Ally status allows us to better provide our customers the assistance they may need to benefit from energy efficiency rebate programs now available to both the public and private sector. 

Itasca Construction Associates Awarded Another Fresenius Dialysis Clinic


4/22/2009 by Brian Smith

Itasca Construction Associates was awarded their 3rd project from Fresenius Medical Care, a national health care organization specializing in the treatment of dialysis patients.  This highly specialized facility, located in Aurora, includes medical equipment process piping systems for reverse osmosis water and concentrates. 

New Lyons Municipal Center Opened


3/16/2009 by Phil Van Duyne

Several hundred residents got their first view of the new Lyons Municipal Center and Police Department on Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday, local Boy Scouts and Veterans raised the flag and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mayor David Visk, along with several trustees and village staff, cut the ribbon and opened the doors to the new facility.Raising the flag.
Mayor and trustees cut the ribbon.


















The site selection process and facility design began nearly three years ago.  Gillfilan Callahan Nelson Architects designed the building and Itasca Construction Associates, Inc. performed as the at-risk construction manager.  The project was completed ahead of schedule and within the original budget.  The new facility replaces the existing 100-year old building. 




Residents' first view of new municipal center. 

















Before you build or renovate - 6 common misconceptions


2/25/2009 by Phil Van Duyne

You’re thinking about building—or renovating or remodeling—for your business. Perhaps you’re growing and need more room, or different, more expansive utilities. Or a new business contract requires adding equipment or facilities.

Because it’s one of the biggest projects you’ll ever undertake—and because the decisions you make early on will have the biggest impact on the success of the project—you want the entire process to go as smoothly and efficiently as possible right from the beginning. Mistakes made early in the process will cost you much more down the road.

Mistaken ideas can lead to trouble

So if you plan on building or renovating your office, medical or commercial/industrial facilities, consider these common misconceptions.

  1. Start with the drawings.

    Not advisable. The first step is not, as many people think, hiring an architect to draw your dream. Pre-planning your vision for the project as a whole is the first step, and you need to do several critical things before you get to the drawing stage.

  2. Select your site using the services of an experienced real estate broker.

    A good thing, but not enough. While a real estate broker can tell you about available sites and negotiate a price, these are only two parts of the vital site-selection step. If completed without enough information—for example, results of environmental and subsurface investigations testing for material suitability—serious problems can be overlooked and result in significant project cost overruns later.

  3. Count on an architect to conform to your budget.

    Not usually. Architects specialize in designing facilities that satisfy their clients’ visions while demonstrating their own unique solutions. Though they should be made aware of the budget, most don’t commit to managing the design as it relates to cost. In the most successful scenarios, the contractor works closely with the architect—a collaboration that results in what’s known as a “design-build” project.

  4. Depend on in-house staff to manage the process for you.

    Even if you have this capability, how will your staff find the extra time to manage your project? Unless you’re building frequently, you probably aren’t dealing with current codes, regulations and products—and may not be aware of the liabilities and risks you assume by acting as general contractor.
  1. Expect that any recognized contracting company will complete the project on deadline.

    Not reliably. Just as with costs, time overruns are frequent in commercial construction. And while challenges do happen, not every construction team has the experience and the subcontractor relationships to overcome them gracefully while relentlessly meeting deadlines.

  2. Count on being finished once your project is completed.

    With the right team, yes. In some cases projects are completed in full, and you’ll never have to worry about what went on. But it’s not uncommon for owners to face nagging continuing issues such as open permits, unresolved billing disputes, construction defects, consequences of poor site selection, and more.

What to do instead

Given these potential pitfalls, you ask, what does a successful process look like? The graph below shows a simple pictorial representation of the ideal process. It’s called Design-Build and tends to eliminate the potential for problems like those described above.


Practical example

When a client decided to move from his leased space to his own facility, he asked us to review the feasibility of his ideas. On learning about his preferred location, we suggested completing several soil borings. We agreed to coordinate the testing and analyze the cost implications of the findings. Although the cost of the property appeared very reasonable, we explained that the test results showed he would have incurred a significant cost to remove and replace unsuitable material before he could build. As a result, he kept looking and soon found a site better for his intended use.

Traditional process offers less owner control

With the traditional Design-Bid-Build approach, where costs accrue as work is done, most people feel they will have good control. However, at each step costs can unexpectedly escalate, timelines can expand, and accountabilities can slip. As the owner of the project, you have little control of the final numbers and will be financially responsible for any and all of these concerns along the way.

Design-Build empowers owners

With the right team using the Design-Build approach, you work upfront to produce a plan with all phases accounted for and total costs guaranteed not to exceed the estimate. From pre-construction site selection, environmental studies, plat and zoning reviews, permit acquisition and more, through to the design and construction process, you can relax. The right design-build construction team minimizes stress for you—because you made the high-level decisions early on that serve as the team’s guidelines throughout the project.

“The Design-Build process facilitates getting your project done within the cap—more on-time and on budget, with fewer headaches. It’s a clever, valuable, and expeditious way of doing business,” said Rob Burns, Roselle Public Works.

To avoid the 6 misconceptions, get better-built structures, protect your legal and financial interests, and get your business up and running in the new building in the shortest possible time—use a team of design-build experts.

Phil Van Duyne
Itasca Construction Associates, Inc.
Experienced. Accountable. Ethical.
Design-Build experts specializing in value-based commercial construction
300 Park Boulevard, Suite 305W
Itasca, IL 60143
Phone: 630.773.6700

www.itascachicago.com