Commercial Renovation

Residential Renovation


New Facility Design



Commercial Renovation

ComEd Metro Loop Office
provided structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and plumbing and architectural design services for the renovation of the existing 1-story Commonwealth Edison Metro Loop Office, located at 200 North Ogden Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. This renovation was needed to incorporate functional upgrades and bring the 23,600 s.f. facility into compliance with ADA and the updated Chicago building code. Techknow's scope included the offices, stairs, garage, parking area, and crew assembly area. Restroom and shower facilities were also added to the office.

ComEd North Division Headquarters
designed improvements to Commonwealth Edison's Chicago North Division Headquarters to make the building more accessible to disabled persons. These improvements included adding handrails to the customer service entrance ramp, adding a new ramp and electrically operated door for employees, and fully modifying the existing freight elevator to a passenger and freight elevator accessible to disabled persons.
ComEd Area Headquarters
Techknow provided complete A/E services, including architecture and civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, for ComEd's two new Area Headquarters; one in Northbrook, Illinois and the other in University Park, Illinois. Each 20-acre Area Headquarters consisted of a 68,000 sq ft office/warehouse building, a high bay transportation building, parking areas for employee cars, customer cars, and ComEd trucks and trailers, and a large outside storage area.

ComEd Aurora District Headquarters
The Aurora District Headquarters of ComEd needed to construct all-weather pavement in their storage area at the site and renovate the deteriorating parking pavement. Techknow surveyed the site, made cost estimates and recommendations, and divided the work into several phases through a master plan. The construction cost was $700,000. Storm water detention and flood plain analysis were also prepared for the site.
ComEd Maywood Technical Center
The access roads at ComEd's six-acre Maywood Technical Center were deteriorating and they decided to replace 60,000 square yards of pavement. Techknow surveyed the site, took soil borings, and made recommendations on pavement replacement and drainage improvement. The construction cost of the project was $300,000.
  Sterling Palm Shopping Plaza Copper City, FL 1994 
24,000 SF neighborhood shopping center in a tri-county area. The center was driven by residential scale and texture of south Florida.
Renaissance Hotel Miami Beach, Florida 1985 
15-story full renovation of 400 guestroom hotel, convention facilities and support facilities. Work was phased during occupancy of the building. Responsibilities included interior design, construction management and purchasing. Project totaled $10,000,000 in construction cost.

Roper Hospital-Ancillary Addition for Veterans Administration Charleston S.C. 1978-1979 
Project Designer for a 200 bed, surgical suites and emergency entrance and lobby addition. The project had to contextual to the existing building and campus within the historic district for Lucas Stubbs and Penney Architects.

LaSalle Bank 2001-2005
Completed numerous branch banks for LaSalle Bank, a subsidy of ABN AMRO Bank Holdings. Most facilities ranged from 4,000 SF to 7,000 SF:
  • 30th & Kedzie Chicago, IL
  • 92nd & Commercial Chicago, IL
  • 4200 S. Ashland Chicago, IL
  • Frankfort, IL
  • New Lenox, IL
  • Alhambra Corp. Office Interior build-out Coral Gables, FL
  • Ranch Manor office renovation , Woodlawn, Illinois

Rauner YMCA 26th & Western Chicago, IL 2005
YMCA Rauner a 61,081 SF facility for YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. It is set in an industrial area in the near South West Side of the City. The facility included 10,000 SF Daycare, Gymnasium and 18,000 SF in-door Soccer facilities. Project construction costs totaled $14,000,000.
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union Headquarters
60,000 SF corporate headquarters of banking, administration and educational facilities with supporting underground parking garage. Composite structure of steel, precast and glass curtain wall. Project construction cost of $18,000,000 to be completed by summer 2009.

  Metra Weldon Yard EMU Shop
provided A/E consulting services consisting of shop drawing review and field inspection to Metra during the rehabilitation of Metra's EMU shop building located in the Weldon Yard at 300 East 14th Street in Chicago, Illinois. The project included the replacement of metal siding, roofing, drains, and gutters, as well as new lighting, doors, and heating and ventilation systems.
Argonne Bid Support
provided bid support services to William A. Randolph, Inc. on a new 200,000 s.f., 6-story office and central lab building proposed for Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. Techknow evaluated the existing structural system and bay spacing, interfaced with WARI to arrive at the most economical structural system, and designed and engineered a new foundation system. Techknow also designed a new structural steel frame system throughout the office, lab, and seminar theater and provided sketches and calculations depicting the proposed structural system for pricing.


Cook Terminal Building Damage Inspection and Repair
provided engineering and construction design support to Steven Management Co. for the repair and renovation of the Cook Terminal, an 80-year-old, 33,000 square foot warehouse. Following the collapse of one of a series of wooden bow trusses supporting the wood roof of the building, an inspection of damage was conducted by Techknow. Techknow's engineers provided a design that involved the addition of support columns and the installation of a new roof to prevent additional deterioration. Specifications and a construction cost estimate were also prepared.
Renovation of Office Building
was commissioned by Learsi Companies to design the structural renovation of a 90 year old, 35,000 square foot, four-story office/retail property on Chicago's premiere shopping street (30 East Oak Street, Chicago). Techknow investigated the existing structure, for which there were no available drawings, and devised new structural steel framing to support the use of the top floors for residential space, the second and third floors as office/retail space, and the ground floor level for retail space. The innovative structural design met Chicago building code requirements. New footings were also installed in the basement of the building to support the new steel columns.


Building Renovation
Techknow designed the renovation of a 16,000 square foot, two-story building (2040 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago), which included converting the second floor space into office space and the first floor into retail space and renovating the front of the building. The work included the installation of new roof top heating and cooling units, extensive ductwork, new electrical service, and new lighting. Techknow performed all electrical, HVAC, structural, and architectural design and construction management for the renovation.
26th Street Shopping Center
Techknow provided the electrical and mechanical engineering design and demolition planning for a major renovation of the 26th Street Shopping Center in Chicago. Techknow engineers conducted analyses of space heating and cooling, lighting, and power. HVAC design included equipment sizing, ductwork layout, and a ventilation system design for laundries. Plumbing and fire protection systems and mechanical and electrical specifications were also part of the scope.
  Child Development Center Design and Renovation
JFMC Facilities Corporation commissioned Techknow to manage the renovation of the Virginia Frank Child Development Center. Techknow's inspection of the Center revealed excessive settlement of the building as well as normal deterioration. Repairs were designed and specified by the firm's architect/engineering staff. Techknow also served as construction manager, coordinating the efforts of separate contractors and inspecting construction work.
Head Start Facilities
In order to provide adequate facilities for the Head Start program, the City of Chicago Department of Human Services assists independent agencies in renovating existing facilities to accommodate Head Start classes. Techknow, as a subcontractor to Ross Barney Jankowski, Inc. architects, surveyed the existing buildings heating, ventilating, plumbing, electrical, fire alarms, and structural systems for compliance with State of Illinois and City of Chicago codes. Techknow then prepared recommendations for necessary modifications and prepared cost estimates for the modifications. RBJ and Techknow also prepared design documents for bidding and construction for several of the projects, including structural modifications such as replacing lintels and removing a bearing wall.
  Acoustical Report for Community Center
Techknow prepared a report on acoustical problems at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center owned by JFMC Facilities Corporation. Techknow engineering personnel investigated the source of acoustical problems, which threatened the privacy of counseling sessions held in the building offices. Testing, using sound measurement equipment, was conducted on the sound isolation ability of representative room partitions. The firm's engineers provided the client with a report, which outlined acoustical problems and specified changes to improve sound isolation. Design improvement solutions included acoustical sealant for windows, air transfer silencers for air vents, and sound absorbent carpeting.
St. Timothy Convent
Techknow performed HVAC, electrical and structural engineering, architectural and plumbing design, and construction management for the renovation of St. Timothy Convent (6339 N. Fairfield, Chicago) into a transitional residence. The work had a construction cost of $260,000 and included the installation of a new steam boiler and water heater, the installation of new electrical service including electrical panels and remodeling to create new sleeping rooms, and the addition of new handicapped washrooms, a handicap lift, and security systems.
  Synagogue Expansion
The Skokie Valley Synagogue retained Techknow to develop an expansion plan. The firm's engineers provided a design to accommodate an additional 340 people during services. Techknow prepared architectural drawings and structural, electrical, and HVAC design changes. The remodeling plan called for the removal of four bearing walls and the erection of structural steel columns and beams in their place.

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Residential Renovation

Chicago Housing Authority Rehabilitation of Residential Properties
Mr. Razdan managed MEP services for several CHA properties over last three years, including condition assessment, replacement/modification cost estimates, and the design of new/modified MEP systems. These projects included the 22-building Wentworth Annex Housing Complex, the 2-Story Hoyne Community Center and Office Building, and the Parkview Apartment Building, as well as HVAC installation (furnaces, air conditioners) at several other properties and MEP assessment of over 50 hi-rise buildings.

Argonne National Labs User Residence Facility
Techknow designed the User Residence Facility (URF) at Argonne National Laboratory, which was constructed on the laboratory grounds in order to accommodate outside visitors. The URF was a 116,000 s.f. hotel-type building with 157 guest rooms and suites, meeting rooms, kitchen, dining room and support facilities. The building had a cast-in-place concrete frame, one-way and flat-plate concrete slab floors, concrete shear walls, and a concrete caisson foundation. The exterior walls were masonry at the ground floor and foam-panel curtain wall above the ground floor. The value engineering and redesign of this structure was performed on a fast track basis.
Miller Village Renovation
Techknow was engaged by the owners of Miller Village, an 11-building, 350-unit apartment complex in Gary, Indiana, to provide construction drawings and specifications for the renovation of the existing heating systems. The existing boilers were removed and replaced with a new energy efficient model. Techknow also created specifications for the new boiler, piping, and insluation and surveyed the condition of the roofs and precast concrete panels on all buildings.


Henry Horner Homes
Techknow was retained by the Chicago Housing Authority for the design review and preparation of cost estimates for new boiler room equipment to feed heating water and domestic hot water to four high rise buildings. Techknow checked the CHA design, revising boiler sizes, pump sizes, and piping sizes, and recommended changes in schematic drawings and general arrangement layouts for both the heating systems and domestic hot water systems. A detailed cost estimate, which involved a detailed study of all components and their quantities and locations, was provided for the entire job. Both the design review report and cost estimate were sent to CHA within 2 weeks from the date the job was assigned to Techknow.
Roosevelt Square Mid-Rise Apartments
Mr. Konover was the Architect in Charge for the ABLA Homes development of three 50-unit mixed-income for-sale mid-rise buildings in Chicago for Related Properties. Each building was comprised of steel, concrete precast, and brick veneer systems, and had a construction cost of $15,000,000.

"The Mark" Apartments
Mr. Konover was the Architect of Record for the new construction of a 40-unit mixed-income for-sale building nestled in an uptown Chicago neighborhood and responding to the context of architectural vocabulary of the streetscape. This 60,000 s.f. project was built for Related Properties at a construction cost of $10,000,000.
Paseo Boricua Senior Housing
Mr. Konover acted as Architect in Charge for a new 60-unit Chicago senior housing facility for the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. This $12,000,000 project utilized precast hollow-core systems. It consisted of 1-BR units, community rooms, clinic and administration support areas, and a second-floor roof garden deck covering the parking garage.

Cicero/George Senior Housing
Henry Konover and Techknow designed a 72 units of senior housing in Chicago for the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. The structure is utilizing load bearing precast systems, both vertical and horizontal, for economy. The structure consists of various green and sustainable design elements. This $15,000,000 complex has an anticipated completion date of 2013.
Oceania Tower V
Mr. Konover was the Architect in Charge for document and construction administration of this 35-story condominium building in North Miami Beach, Florida. The structure was made of a post-tensioned shell with a RAFT foundation and deep precast piles. All structural components complied to low/high hurricane criteria.

Chicago Housing Authority
Two million fee in various Task Order projects. Responsible for client and project management, cash flow and team alignment for providing architectural and engineering services for the CHA. Project includes renovating scattered housing and high rise units for public housing authority over two years. Responsible for managing eight architectural and engineering consulting firms. Responsible for quality control of deliverables to the client and scoping program management.
Mahogany Key, The Hammocks
Mr. Konover acted as Project Architect and designer for this 300-unit Florida condominium development, with a club house facility and other recreational facilities for Genstar Corporation.


Coventry - Estate Home Development 
20 Single family homes designed to accommodate living within a maximum of 2,500 to 3,000 SF concrete construction giving the expression of modern streamline architecture and recessed fenestration for solar energy design. Merit Award from Builder’s Magazine, 1989.
Condo Property Surveys
Techknow conducted a survey of the existing conditions of two large condominium complexes, Heiden Gardens (172 apartments) and Raintree Condominiums (318 apartments). These complexes also had club houses, swimming pools, and parking facilities. The purpose of this survey was to assess structural soundness and adherence to fire and safety codes, based on intended occupancy. Techknow's engineers and architectural personnel inspected HVAC equipment, plumbing and hot water systems, electrical and lighting systems, elevator safety, asbestos conditions, provisions for fire protection, landscaping, and parking garage conditions. Recommendations for repairs and cost estimates for repairs were prepared for the client.


  Housing Project Damage Assessment and Repair
The City of Gary Housing Authority in Indiana retained Techknow to design structural repairs and provide construction management for an 8-story senior citizen housing project. Techknow conducted an investigation of the structure and recommended repairs to halt the progressive deterioration of precast concrete panels which were cracked at their supporting connections. The firm's engineers designed repairs to the concrete panels using new steel brackets welded to the columns and anchored to the panels with proper provision for expansion. Techknow also prepared specifications, evaluated contractor bids, and performed the construction inspection. The apartments remained occupied while the new steel brackets were installed.
Vilas Investment Properties
Techknow performed condition surveys of over 1,000 apartments and condominiums in five separate developments in the Chicago area. Work included the preparation of reports listing recommended repairs and repair cost estimates. Remaining roof life was evaluated. Finishes, exterior balconies, walls and windows and doors and elevators, mechanical and electrical systems, and landscaping were also covered in the surveys.


Residential Design
Techknow provided structural design support to Rosen and Horowitz Architects for a 5,000 square foot three story hill-top house on Hutton Drive in Los Angeles, California. Techknow designed the foundation and the main framing, which consisted of large wooden trusses, for the house to seismic specifications in accordance with the earthquake provisions of the Los Angeles Building Code.
Astor Terrace Condominiums
Techknow inspected the exterior of the eighteen-story concrete-frame Astor Terrace Condominium building at 1450 N. Astor Street in Chicago and provided the owners with recommendations and designs for repair of spalled and cracked concrete, repair of balcony handrail, sealing of leaks at windows, balcony doors, and wall air conditioning sleeves, and repair and waterproofing of balcony floors. The work also included painting for the entire building. After discussions with the owners, Techknow prepared specifications and drawings of the renovation work, took bids from several contractors, evaluated the bids, recommended the successful bidder, negotiated and prepared the contract documents, and inspected the construction work.


Lexington Hotel
Techknow performed all structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and construction management for the renovation of the ten-story, 100-year-old Lexington Hotel. Work included evaluation of the steel frame, tile arch floors, and roof of this severely deteriorated building in Chicago. Techknow designed completely new electrical and HVAC systems, prepared construction specifications, coordinated the efforts of contractors, and inspected construction work.

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New Facility Design

Federal Express Distribution Centers
Techknow provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing preliminary design services for four prototype distribution centers for Federal Express to be located anywhere in the U.S. There were four different sizes of centers, varying from 100,000 s.f. to 400,000 s.f. in area. Distribution involved trucks arriving with mail from the airport and trucks/vans taking that mail to different facilities, and vice versa. Many of these facilities were built based on our prototype design. These centers included office areas, vehicle maintenance areas, short-term vehicle storage areas, and warehouse sorting facilities

Parking Lot Design and Construction
Techknow provided design and construction management services for the construction and repair of five parking lots. The firm's engineers provided civil designs for new pavement and drainage systems and designs for lighting, landscaping, and security. Traffic patterns were also redesigned to maximize the number of parking spaces. Techknow developed specifications for the construction and repair and also managed the work of the contractor.
ComEd Libertyville Paving and Drainage
Since the 321,000 s.f. of pavement in ComEd's Northern Division stores in Libertyville were deteriorating badly, Techknow surveyed the site, prepared a report recommending repairs, and designed new pavement and drainage. Estimated construction of the five phases was $1.68 million.
  Enriquez Produce Storage and Transportation Facility, Chicago, Illinois 2005
This facility encompassed both storage and distribution in a 30,000 SF building. The envelope was a sandwich insulated concrete panel with an inner layer metal thermal wall liner. The truck loading berths contained an accessible mezzanine of pallets for transportation and administration and employee support spaces.

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