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Foam Fire Sprinkler Test at KAASF Helicopter Hangar

Protecting high-value aircraft with extremely flammable jet fuel can be awfully challenging, especially when regularly occurring maintenance activities provide several potential ignition sources and the aircraft itself create sizeable obstructions with their large bodies and wings.  To solve this challenging problem, High-Expansion Foam Generators deliver massive quantities of expanded foam by blowing air through a screen coated with high-expansion foam solution to overwhelm and engulf fire with sheer volume.  On top of the firefighting capabilities, HEF systems are environmentally friendly and minimizes water damage to aircraft and facilities.  Best of all there is little to no cleanup!  Please visit the link below to view the commissioning video of our recently installed HEF system where Sollitt exceeded the requirements for both foam volume and disbursement time.

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Currently accepting applications for the Apostolic Faith Church located at 3823 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653.


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Apostolic Faith Church Ground Breaking Ceremony

Sollitt and Joint Venture Partner Safeway Construction celebrated with Construction Manager Company Brown & Momen, HCO Architects, Dignitaries and the Apostolic Faith Church on their 100 Year ground breaking ceremony on the new sanctuary and community center in the Bronzeville neighborhood. As you approach the 3800 block of Indiana Yellow and Blue Balloons, Praise Dancers/Standard Barriers and singing/music was setting the atmosphere to rejoice in this glorious moment in time.  

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Triton College Health and Sciences Facility (H Building)

The healthcare industry is one of the most popular fields that people are pursing now days; Triton College is dedicated to providing its students with a forward-thinking learning environment with state-of-the-art technology and simulation equipment to prepare Triton's students for the workforce of tomorrow.


On September 29, 2015, Triton College held its grand opening of their newly renovated Health and Sciences Facility (H Building), formerly was a building that taught welding, car repair, electronics, carpentry and other industrial classroom functions, now is the new cutting edge facility that welcomes a new generation of students motivated to succeed in educational programs as nursing, surgical technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine and ophthalmology, as well as provide classrooms for some biology and chemistry courses.

The Health and Sciences facility includes features such as a surgical technology and dissection lab, a relaxed seating area and collaborative learning spaces with Wi-Fi capability. It also is equipped with tools and equipment used by today’s professionals in the health industry and sciences fields, giving students the experience with the different types of equipment that will be utilized in their fields.

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Joliet Junior College City Center Campus

George Sollitt Construction Company has been contracted to complete the build-out of the core and shell of the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building. The six-story, 96,000 sq. ft. structure will house the Culinary Arts program. This program is recognized as one of the premier culinary training programs in the nation and is known around the world as a leader in culinary education. The program is also accredited by the American Culinary Federation. A significant feature of the new building will be a fully operating restaurant to be run by the culinary program, and will be open to the public.


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The focus of the 3rd Annual Stand Down was centered on the importance of Planning for Safety. Projects employing pre-task planning throughout the entire construction process realize better safety ratings. Using pre-task planning brings the entire crew into the decision making process that directly impacts their own safety performance thereby making the jobsite a much safer place.


Got2Run for Education

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2015 Merit Awards

George Sollitt Construction Company was honored at the Chicago Building Congress 2015 Merit Awards Ceremony for Northeastern Illinois University “El Centro Campus” – New Construction Chicago Under $55 Million.

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Vertiport Chicago

Utilizing the CM@Risk delivery method, Sollitt Construction has completed Chicago’s only downtown Heliport. The new Vertiport Chicago located at 1339 South Wood Street, Chicago, IL celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday, April 30, 2015. An exciting moment for Mike Conklin, president of Nighthawk Services, who is also a former Marine One helicopter pilot to see his long-time dream come into fruition. As he, partners and the 28 Ward Alderman cut the ribbon to the new Heliport the hangar doors open to see the bright sky as a helicopter took off and flew around the 4.5 acres Landing Pad area. While an array of helicopters stationed in the parking pads.

Vertiport Chicago features a 30,000 sf hangar made of precast concrete walls with 28’ high clear space below the steel trusses for helicopter storage and maintenance.

The project also includes a 12,000 sf Fixed Base Operation (FBO) building along with Landing Pad areas, Taxiways, Parking & Refueling.

The Vertiport will provide helicopters for corporate executives, strategic deliveries, Emergency Medical Service and serve Chicago’s tourism industry. The Vertiport provides Chicago their first commercial helicopter service not seen since the closure of Miegs field.

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Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club

Another Wonderful Year of Helping Rebuilding Together

This year we partnered with Northern Trust Bank and Public electric to help out the Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club located in the Humbolt Park neighborhood. We renovated the club’s kitchen, preschool education area, their main game room, and most importantly we were able to provide them security access control at their main entrance .  Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club serves the needs of over 300 neighborhood children on a daily basis.

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Southeast Area Elementary School

George Sollitt has been awarded to construct the new 111,000 GSF, 1,200 student, 3-story Southeast Area Elementary School. The school will include 44 academic classrooms, 2 computer labs, 3 science classrooms, 3 art/science classrooms, 2 music rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, gymnasium, library, and administrative suite. Building construction will be concrete and steel frame over spread concrete footings and an exterior envelope consisting of cold formed steel studs and masonry veneer. Site improvements comprising of a new parking lot for 51 cars, storm water management improvements, new sidewalks at south and northeast of parking lot and main property, new vehicular drive at west edge of property, and a refuse / delivery area at southeast of project site.

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LUMC Gottlieb Hospital Gift Shop - Subway Sandwich Shop

The George Sollitt construction Co. has completed the new Gift Shop - Subway Sandwich Shop. The project consisted of removing an existing Coffee Shop and part of the Gift Shop in order to create the space for a new Subway Sandwich Shop. The common wall between the two spaces at one time was the exterior wall of the hospital. This structural wall had to be re-engineered in order to be removed and as one of the first steps in renovating the area.

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LUMC Gottlieb Hospital Servery Alterations and Finishes

Sollitt has completed the new Servery at the LUMC Gottlieb Hospital.

Sollitt had to completely shut the existing Servery down during construction. The project consisted of a complete demolition of all of the kitchen equipment. Underground plumbing had to be modified to accommodate the new layout for the Servery. Sollitt furnished new electrical, plumbing, and upgraded the finishes and under the owners contract all new kitchen equipment was furnished and installed. Due to the Servery being close down the existing cafeteria and recently completed Subway Shop on the lst floor temporarily provided retail food service. The hospitals patient food service was maintained in operation throughout the entire project. 

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Rosenwald Courts

The George Sollitt Construction Company and partners begin a $109M revival of the historic Rosenwald Courts. The long awaited February 18th groundbreaking is expected to be a major catalyst for continued development in Bronzeville by bringing new and affordable housing to the neighborhood. The long vacant 454 unit complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once was called home by some of the most famous African Americans in the nation, including Nat “King” Cole, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis and Gwendolyn Brooks.

The building was originally built in 1927 by Julius Rosenwald, past president and part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company. The 5 story building takes up an entire city block along 47th street and the redesigned complex will be condensed to 239 senior and family apartments, with new elevators, large lobby entrances, a fully furnished community room, a fitness center as well as 40,000 square feet of retail and office space while retaining nearly all of the existing structures.

Recognizing Rosenwald Courts’ cultural significance, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell has demanded the principle developer, Indiana based Landwhite Developers include significant minority community participation. The George Sollitt Construction company along with their joint venture partners, Brown and Momen and Powers and Sons, are providing significant African American participation as construction begins. Rosenwald Courts will be opening in the summer of 2016.

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North Shore Baptist Church

Sollitt has begun renovation work at the North Shore Baptist Church located at 5244 N. Lakewood Ave. Chicago IL 60640.

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Kankakee AASF Readiness Center

Ground Breaking….

Sollitt breaks ground to construct the new 185,000 sq. ft. two-story Illinois National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF); adjacent to the Greater Kankakee Airport, an existing greenfield site. The Readiness Center’s main floor classroom and conference spaces will offer flexibility for the National Guard battalions and will also house three units: the 935th, B106 and Medivac. The medical exam area is located on the second floor that will incorporate considerations for efficient flow and patient privacy.

The AASF’s tactical operations building will be utilized to plan missions and monitor air traffic and weather which will include large monitors strategically located to provide visual oversight of the apron. The AASF’s hangar will be equipped with aircraft maintenance features such as a 10-ton travelling bridge crane and 109 ft wide x 20 ft tall tilt-up canopy doors. The hangar space was specifically designed for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, a weapons simulator training space and task-loaded combat simulated flight environments.

It has been stated that the new Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility will redevelop the area providing a major economic boost that will last for years to come. The Kankakee area and the state of Illinois will benefit from the project and by the people using and being served by the military both locally and nationally,”


CISCO 2014 Pride in Construction Award

George Sollitt Construction Company won the CISCO 2014 Pride in Construction Award for Back of the Yards High School/Library – New Construction Chicago (Above $20m).


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NEIU El Centro Campus

EI Centro wows with its bright colors at the grand opening on September 30, 2014. The George Sollitt Construction Company has completed the new eye catching artistic design color-changing building that embraces the Kennedy Expressway. You will be dazzled by the building schools colors in 20 inch fins changing from blue to yellow, or the reverse as you pass by.

This 66,000 sf, three-story facility will enable NEIU to expand its academic and community programs. It is a LEED "Gold" project including solar panels, LED parking lights, and storm water retention. Highlights include Energy efficient building,17 State of the art classrooms, Computer Lab, Science Labs, Resource Center, Library - Faculty Offices, Rooftop with solar panels, Seminar/Meeting Rooms, Student lounge with views of the Chicago skyline and rooftop terrace.

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Chicago Vocational Career Academy

The Sollitt/Oakley Joint Venture has completed the $55 million renovation of Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA), which was creating new career-focused classrooms to prepare students for jobs in a variety of high growth industries, such as horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

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MWRD Calument Tarp Pumping Station

Sollitt and Joint Venture Partners Sachi and Alworth have started work at the Calumet Tarp Pumping Station. The purpose of this project is to replace the existing East 1 and West 1 Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) pumps with larger capacity pumps, replace their motors, and install new 4.6 kV variable frequency drives (VFD) for the pumps. The suction and discharge piping will be modified to accommodate the new pumps. Also, the remaining four pumps, East 2 and 3 and West 2 and 3, will be replaced with new 72 MGD pumps, along with new motors and four 4.6 kV VFDs. The drives will be located on an elevated platform in each of the pump rooms. A low pressure steam line will be constructed from the High Level Influent Pumping Station to TARP for heating needs; and the grading, roads, and site work distributed under numerous contracts over the last 10 years will be completed and restored.