Project Profiles

University of Chicago Labratories

Construction for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Phase 1 Early Childhood Campus, also known as The Earl Shapiro Hall, was completed in August of 2013 as scheduled and in time for its first academic year. The school designed for pre-kindergarteners through second graders features art and music classrooms, learning labs, a library which cantilevers (2) levels above the lobby entrance, a gymnasium, outdoor courtyards featuring artificial turf and playground equipment, green roofs and rooftop playgrounds featuring rubberized play surfaces poured above a hot fluid applied roofing system and insulation. As a sub-consultant to the Construction Manager, Lend Lease, Ardmore provided construction administration services and engineering support by managing a multitude of trade packages including Landscaping, Masonry, Miscellaneous Metals, Site Fencing, Metal Panels, Roofing, Interior Glazing, Curtainwall and Painting totaling more than $13 million in contract values.

In addition to Ardmore’s roles and responsibilities outlined in the figure below, Ardmore was solely responsible for processing contract commitments, certified payroll reports and waivers to track and generate monthly reports for MBE & WBE Participation (actual achieved of 29% MBE and 7% WBE through July 2013), Workforce Participation (8% community, 43% City of Chicago, 49% Minority and 3% Women workforce achieved) and Community Hiring (41 community hires achieved).

Construction Bids:

  • Reviewed construction documents and developed scope of work for bid packages.
  • Issued bid addenda with answers to bidder questions.
  • Reviewed subcontractor bids for scope of work.
  • Conducted scope review meetings with low bidders and prepared Recommendation to Award letters to Owner.
  • Obtained additonal bids upon Owner’s request.
  • Responsible for rebidding and awarding remainder of Curtainwall Package after subcontractor default.

Technical Review:

  • Reviewed shop drawings, samples, product data and other documentation from subcontractors and forwarded for A/E review.
  • Answered subcontractor questions or submitted as an RFI’s to the Architect.
  • Reviewed Architect’s RFI responses and distributed to field staff and subcontractors.
  • Reviewed, estimated and negotiated subcontractor change order proposals.
  • Reviewed subcontractor schedule of values and monthly pay requests.

Site Inspections:

  • Ardmore superintendents in the field conducted daily site inspections to ensure construction in accordance with approved submittals and construction documents
  • Superintendents answered questions from the trades, resolved problems and facilitated requested information in the field.
  • Ardmore’s project manager conducted weekly inspections of work completion and monitored progress to ensure compliance with contract documents and project schedule.


  • Reviewed, processed and forwarded to A/E for review all closeout submittals.
  • Inspected completion of work and created preliminary punch list items to be completed prior to architect’s inspection.
  • Entered and monitored status of punchlist items in BIM 360 Field software in addition to architect’s items.
  • Reviewed punch list items with subs, monitored progress to ensure completion prior to turnover deadline and verfied completion prior to placing in arcthiect’s court for final sign off.

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