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Lake View High School Renovation

Lake View High School, the oldest operating public secondary school in Illinois, underwent major renovations by Blinderman's team during the summer of 2018.

Blinderman ALL Joint Venture (BAJV) completed 87% of the project scope during Phase 1 of the two-phase schedule. The full scope of work included roof replacement, tuck-pointing and masonry rebuild, monumental signage, cafeteria and kitchen renovations, gymnasium renovation, restroom and locker renovations, corridor flooring replacement, classroom finish flooring, interior painting and finishes, artificial turf field installation, and parking lot paving.

ALL Masonry was responsible for roof replacement, stone coping, copper cornice and flashing details, building tuck-pointing and masonry rebuild, and monumental signage installation. The project also included extensive interior renovations, such as corridor flooring replacement, classroom flooring installation, painting, restroom renovations, locker replacement, and cafeteria and kitchen renovations.

The main gymnasium underwent a full renovation, including asbestos and lead-based paint containment. Exterior work involved the installation of a new artificial turf field, and a newly paved parking lot with concrete curbs and sidewalks.

Blinderman Concrete, the self-performing concrete division, completed moisture mitigation, structural slab repairs, and basement epoxy floor coating. They also self-performed carpentry, gypsum board, doors and hardware, ACT, site furnishings, signage, and floor prep/moisture mitigation.

The project faced challenges, including the discovery of masonry walls supported by the second-floor running track above the gymnasium. BAJV collaborated with engineers and architects to determine solutions without direct access to the gym, recovering lost time by working multiple shifts and re-sequencing trade access.

Despite discovered conditions, the project was completed on time, thanks to BAJV’s past experience with historic renovations and diligent anticipation of unforeseen conditions. The team allowed time in the construction schedule for discovered conditions, ultimately completing the project within the original timeline.


Chicago, IL


Public Building Commission of Chicago




Historical Renovation




287,000 SF

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