The buildings will feature modern lofts and apartments, luxury appliances, fitness centers and other amenities. The investment, when acquisition, carrying and other costs are included, totals $27.8 million on Rockford’s west side, Fern said.
“We are comfortable with the downtown Rockford market and have been for many years now,” Fern said. “We are definitely confident that we are going to be successful. We have been on all our prior projects and we will continue to be.”
February 5, 2018
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., continuing a long and valued relationship with D.L.K. Enterprises, Inc., has been awarded the fire sprinkler work for the new 6-Story student housing project Whitewater Suites.
D.L.K. Enterprises, the leader in UW-Whitewater student rentals, is constructing, on a very aggressive schedule, a new state-of-the-art student housing project, adding to their extensive portfolio of facilities in Whitewater.
January 3, 2018
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for the prime contractor Graycor Construction Company as well as multiple build-out contractors, has been awarded the fire sprinkler work at the Melody Farm project a new $200-million-dollar luxury shopping center in Vernon Hills, IL.
The mix of high-end apartments and a 272,242-square-foot shopping center at Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road is promised to have a different feel and selections from the village's already expansive commercial offerings.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for J. P. Cullen and Sons of Janesville, WI has been awarded two contracts for the remodel of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. The remodel requires multiple shifts leveraging Absolute Fire’s extensive experience in occupied hospital work environments.
May 23, 2017
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Riley Construction of Kenosha, Wi, is proud to announce the award of the fire protection systems for the major expansion of St. Catherine’s Medical Center campus in Pleasant Prairie for an advanced outpatient surgical wing.
The Kenosha-based system received Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approval to construct the four-story, 239,977-square-foot addition to the medical center at 9555 76th St.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. will design the project in-house using state-of-the-art BIM/CAD capabilities and install the multiyear project with its Rockford based Local 669 Union sprinkler fitters.
The award of this project continues the Absolute/Riley relationship in the healthcare sector which includes major expansions of the Zion IL Cancer Center of America campus and Abbott Labs.
February 15, 2017
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for Winter Construction of Freeport, IL is proud to have been the fire sprinkler contractor for the recently completed Freeport City Hall project. Engineering a new fire sprinkler system for an historic building was a real challenge and privilege. Walking the very fine line between fire codes and historic aesthetics was a difficult task but in the end we achieved both.
A building that’s stood for nearly a century is now officially the new home of Freeport’s City Hall. Renovations are now complete and staff is ready to move into the Carnegie Library in Freeport. Workers began renovating the building nearly nine months ago after the old city hall building was condemned due to structural concerns. The City of Freeport chose to upgrade the historic library instead of building a new city hall building to save money, but Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz says he hopes the changes will last for decades.
February 10, 2017
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Bennett Construction and Thermo Fisher Scientific of Rockford, IL completes a highly specialized Foam Protection system using a FireDos proportioning pump with AFFF foam concentrate.
The Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. designed/installed and FM Global approved system incorporates FireDos proportioners which work without external energy, and even under changing pressure conditions reliably and at a constant proportioning rate. Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. imported the FireDos equipment direct from the factory located in Frankfurt Germany.
The drive is provided completely by the extinguishing water flow. The water flows through the water motor, which is installed directly in the extinguishing water line. The extinguishing water flow is therefore available in full for fire-fighting. Without losses. The proportioning rate selected by the user always remains constant.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is a world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Their mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. They help their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.
THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN ROCKFORD’S HISTORY!
December 15, 2016
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been chosen by Mortenson Construction of Chicago to provide the highly specialized fire protection systems for Mercyhealth’s new specialty women’s and children’s hospital and multispecialty clinic building. We are excited to have been chosen to be the fire protection contractor for the largest construction project in Rockford’s history.
The $485 million project is scheduled for substantial completion in January, 2019. The multi-million-dollar fire protection contract will be designed with Absolute Fire Protection’s in-house Building Information Modeling(BIM) technology design specialists and installed by our Rockford, IL based Local Union 669 sprinkler fitters.
The project is scheduled to simultaneously build a seven-story, 451,000 square foot hospital and a five-story, 81,500 square foot clinic. The systems will include 6000+ fire sprinklers, fire pumps, standpipe hose systems, pre-action systems and Green building FM200 gas systems.
Absolute Fire Protection is very proud to be part of Mercyhealth’s major investment in important health services. Mercyhealth has set an ambitious building schedule, so the project will be employing a range of innovative construction technologies and techniques, including prefabrication.
December 12, 2016
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. is happy to add several new contracts associated with the Fiat Chrysler $350 million investment in the Belvidere Chrysler Assembly plant for the company’s retooling for the Jeep Cherokee production.
Working for Alberici Global Automotive of St. Louis, MO and Industrial Contracting Corporation of LaVergne TN, the contracts will include a very tight schedule working multiple shifts around the clock.
The announcement "sounds extremely significant," Boone County Administrator Ken Terrinoni said, and it's "most appreciated having that kind of investment in the community." Fiat Chrysler says the 5 million-square-foot Belvidere plant employs 4,500 people.
The auto assembly plant is a regional economic powerhouse. Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has previously announced its award of contracts for regional facilities which will supply the Belvidere plant with components.
Jimsi Kuborn, vice president of investor relations for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, said every $1 million in output at the plant results in $322,000 output by other industries in the region
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. anticipates this work to be complete in 1Q2017.
NEW VIDEO: Cool roof down view! Chicago Rockford International Airport MRO Ansul Jet-X 2% foam test by Absolute Fire Protection of Rockford IL.
October 6, 2016
UPDATE on our multi-year fire sprinkler project for the New Trier High School expansion working for Pepper Construction. The Million Dollar plus contract is on schedule and in budget, WOW is it a really nice facility, see our slideshow of recent pictures below.
Lead designer Shane Banta and site Foreman Mark Schmidt have done a fantastic job on the design and install, GOOD JOB GUYS!
July 27, 2016
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. is excited to announce that it has been awarded the fire sprinkler work for the new Chrysler Fiat Process Center Offices at the Belvidere Assembly Plant and will be working for Walbridge Industrial Process LLC.
The project, with very tight scheduling demands, consists of office remodeling, the construction of new mezzanines all requiring specially designed fire sprinkler systems. All systems are designed in accordance with stringent plant and insurance guidelines.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has a long and successful working association at the Belvidere Assembly Plant and looks forward to this new challenge. We will design all the fire protection systems in-house and install the systems with our Rockford based Local 669 sprinkler fitters. We are proud to have been selected to perform this work and can apply our years of experience working in highly challenging environments.
July 15, 2016
With great anticipation the full foam test day arrived for the new Chicago Rockford International Airport’s new MRO facility. There were two wildly successful tests, one for each hangar bay. Each hangar bay is 100,000 square feet with a roof height of over 10 stories.
Test parameters allowed three minutes to flow foam to a depth of three feet over the entire hangar floor space. Hangar one accomplished this in 1:45 minutes and Hangar two in 2:01 minutes. The second test was attended by local authorities, investors, participating craftsmen and the public. All televisions station and print media were in attendance.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. is proud of its entire team who seemed to be reinventing the wheel at every turn but in the end got the job done on time and in budget.
June 23, 2016
Adding to our twelve month $2,000,000.00 portfolio of EARLY SUPPRESSION FAST RESPONCE (ESFR) projects we are proud to announce the awards of Fox River West Two located in Elgin, IL and HPC1 Spec Warehouse located in Janesville, WI.
Fox River West Two for Northern Builders consists of 3,300 ESFR sprinklers and 8 systems and HPC1 Spec Warehouse for Hendricks’s Properties consists of 1,200 ESFR sprinklers and 4 systems are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. All will be or have been designed by Absolute’s in-house design group and installed by our local union fitters.
Kent Sester, Project Forman, left, and Phillip Clausen, Project Designer standing next to one of thirty Ansul brand foam generators at the Chicago Rockford International Airport MRO Hangar. The generators will be suspended about 100’-0” above the hangar floor.
Absolute Fire Protection continues to install the highly specialized foam water fire protection systems. The multi-million dollar contract is tracking both on time and in budget.
December 29, 2015
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., competing in a public bid opening, has been awarded the fire protection contract for the mammoth commercial and cargo jet repair and maintenance center being built at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.
Airport Director Mike Dunn said the project will be a $40 million, 200,000-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul facility — commonly called an MRO — to be leased by Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. the largest MRO operator in North America.
The fire protection contract, nearly $2 million dollars, includes highly specialized foam systems, multiple diesel fire pumps-both primary and backup, deluge systems and annex sprinklers. Absolute Fire Protection will design and install these systems in-house; the project is scheduled for a 3Q2016 completion.
It’s an economic development win that’s been years in the making and wouldn’t have been possible without Rock Valley College’s decision this year to build a larger aviation training center at the airport and triple the number of its students who graduate each year as FAA-certified aviation mechanics. Absolute Fire Protection, Inc was also the fire protection contractor for the RVC aviation training center.
May 16, 2015
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Riley Construction of Kenosha WI has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the major expansion to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, IL.
Phase I includes major upgrades to the central plant and utilities to accommodate a new 168,000 SF, 6-story Patient Tower; 307,000 SF, 5-story parking structure; 2-story vertical addition of the existing Surgery Center; and 3-story vertical addition of the existing Medical Office building.
The fire protection contract will include quick response fire sprinklers throughout, special hazards system as well state-of-the-art FM 200 systems.This multiyear project is expected to be complete in 2017.
March 16, 2015
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Hoosier Energy of Bloomington, Ind. has been awarded a nearly $1,000,000 fire sprinkler contract for a new methane gas conversion plant at Orchard Hills Landfill in Davis Junction, IL.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. will serve as a prime contractor in charge of the specialized fire sprinkler systems.Pre-Action systems will be installed with an alarm and detection system designed and installed by Simplex Grinnell.Also provided is a 350,000 gallon fire water storage tank, 100 horse power electric fire pumps and fire pump housing.
The construction permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is for a $37 million, 19-megawatt power plant.
Hoosier would buy Orchard Hills methane from Veolia Environmental Services for the plant being built adjacent to Veolia’s landfill, one of the nation’s largest, near Illinois 251.The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
March 11, 2015
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., workingfor Sjostrom Construction has been awarded thefire sprinkler contract for the Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) new RVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program facility.The 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building will be on the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) grounds. The facility will house the RVC educational course of study for aeronautical maintenance and repair and will allow RVC to expand and enhance its current program.
The fire protection contract will include high hazard fire sprinklers throughout, special hazards system, a new fire pump and hose stations.This project is expected to be complete fall 2015.
June 23, 2014
Absolute Fire Protection’s UA STAR certified inspection crews conduct a Fire Pump test in accordance with NFPA 25 code and standards.
Cody Fowler, Absolute Fire Protection’s Service Manager preforms this annual fire pump test at Mondelez International.So as to notinterfere with plant productionwe worked first shift Saturday.35,000 gallons willflow during this test.
April 18, 2014
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Schmeling Construction Co. has been awarded the contract for Rockford University Student Housing fire sprinkler retrofit program. The fire protection program will consist of retrofitting the Universities student housing buildings with a new fire sprinkler system. Quick response fire sprinklers using CPVC pipe and fittings will be installed. The project has a very aggressive schedule so as to be complete for the fall 2014 semester.
March 12, 2014
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Mechanical Incorporated of Freeport, IL has been awarded the contract for the new Emsur Inc label plant in Elk Grove Village, IL. The Fire protection systems will consist of multi Special Hazards systems including AFFF Foam, CO2, FM200 gas as well as a fire pump retrofit, systems upgrade and in-rack sprinklers. The project should be complete by year end.
EMSUR is a group company dedicated to the production of flexible packaging primarily for the food industry. The business began in 1990 in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), and at present, they have 6 production plants throughout Spain, Mexico, Poland, Argentina and France, as well as 7 sales offices.
February 15, 2014
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for Rockford Structures Construction Company has been awarded the contract for the new Ogle County Sherriff Communications Center. The Fire protection systems will include fail-safe pre-action systems and non-water FM200 gas systems to protect the water sensitive 911 equipment. The board accepted a $4.1 million bid from Rockford Structures. Plans call for the building to be at 103 Jefferson St., which is the site of the current sheriff’s office. The new administration building will house the sheriff’s department, 911 communications center, and the coroner’s office and morgue. The project should be complete by year end.
January 14, 2014
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the RP Lumber project in Ottawa, IL. The job consists of transforming the existing sprinkler systems in a former K-Mart store to a suitable density to protect lumber storage as well as converting the system from wet systems to dry. The majority of the existing systems will be scrapped and the 100,000 square foot building will receive new high-density systems. R.P. Lumber was founded by Robert L. Plummer in January, 1977, in Staunton, IL. Since then, they have grown rapidly. They now have 51 lumberyards and a truss plant, spread throughout Illinois and Missouri.
December 12, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the Collider Detector project at Fermilab National Laboratory. The highly specialized fire protection project will protect the Laboratory’s buildings and the world’s highest energy proton-antiproton collider which is an experimental collaboration committed to studying high energy particle collisions. The Lab’s goal is to discover the identity and properties of the particles that make up the universe and to understand the forces and interactions between those particles.
Working for Carl Anderson Construction Services it is expected to begin construction on the facility in the coming weeks and be complete by March 2014. This project is one of many that we have participated in at the Fermilab site.
December 2, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new Packaging Coordinators Inc., formerly Anderson Packaging, clinical packaging facility.
PCI will build near two other Absolute Fire Protection, Inc projects: B/E Aerospace and solar panel manufacturer Wang Xiang all located in the Logistics Industrial Park.
Working for Cord Construction it is expected to break ground on the 85,000-square-foot facility in the coming weeks and be complete by August 2014.
November 7, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the contract for the new Carthage College Straz Center in Kenosha WI. Working for Riley Construction the project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2014. The new science center includes a major renovation of the 70,000-square-foot David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences, and a new 35,000-square-foot wing to the south and east, embracing the center's lakeside location.
October 7, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the retrofit of the Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois. After a review of experience, skills and pricing Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. was chosen out of a field of local and statewide contractors. The project consists of a complete retrofit of the occupied facility. The 1000 quick response sprinkler project will utilize CPVC piping, be designed in-house and installed with Rockford based Local 669 union sprinkler fitters, the project is scheduled to be complete by the first quarter 2014.
August 19, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Pepper Construction, has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the Grand Victoria Casino facility remodeling and renovation. The highly detailed 15-phase project will require perfect timing and coordination to achieve the highest results for the owner. The fire sprinkler contract will include revamping the existing systems to accommodate the new ceiling work, the installation of a temporary system to protect the casino during construction and the conversion to a permanent system when new ceilings are installed. The project is expected to be complete by year end 2013.
May 6, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, after a review of skill sets and experience, has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the retrofit of the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, IL.
The retrofit will entail the use of specialized BIM and CAD engineering to insure the historic features of the building are not impacted. Special care will be taken to work with the architectural plaster features using specially colored sprinkler plates. Included are both wet and dry systems with hose standpipes for the stage area. In addition to the inherent difficulties of a project of this magnitude is a compressed schedule to fit the theater’s performance scheduling. The project is scheduled to be complete third quarter 2013.
April 8, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, competing in a public bid process, has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley, IL.
Cost of the construction is estimated at $17 million with about $12 million coming from state funding. “It’s an exciting time watching the project develop,” superintendent Jim Hermes said. The goal is to have the building completed and ready to occupy by Friday, July 18, 2014.
The new building would have a north educational wing and a south wing that holds the gym, music departments, cafeteria and other more public areas. Also, the addition will be more energy efficient with a geothermal heating and cooling system, LED lights and more natural lighting.
March 19, 2013
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire protection contract for the new cancer treatment center for Beloit Health System at the corner of Milwaukee Road and Lee Lane. The contract includes three different state-of-the-art fire protection systems including a double interlock preaction system, a dry system and a custom wet system to accommodate very important exposed wood aesthetic designs.
The 18,000-square-foot center will be built on 5 acres of land adjacent to Beloit Health System’s existing Occupational Health and Sports Medicine Center. The linear accelerator itself is expected to have a cost of more than $5 million.
The cancer center is being designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects and will be built by Beloit’s Klobucar Construction.
December 10, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Cord Construction Co., has been awarded the fire protection contract for the new addition to Ring Container Corp. in Kankakee, IL. The 65,000 square foot addition will include multiple fire sprinkler system extensions and a rework of the existing systems. Located in Kankakee, IL the systems will be installed with Rockford IL based Local 669 sprinkler fitters. The work is scheduled to be complete in 1Q2013.
November 12, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for DeKalb based Irving Construction, has been awarded the fire protection contract for the new DeKalb Police Station. The facility, which will house the Emergency Operations Command Center, will include several different highly specialized fire protection systems including a double interlock pre-action sprinkler system and a state-of-the-art FM200 gas system with “sniffer” detection. The new police station will be approximately 35,000 feet and will open by November 2013. Utility work, including the construction of sewer, power and water lines, has already begun. The new building will allow juveniles and adults to be processed in different areas amongst other improvements. The architect of record is PS Dewburry.
October 2, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., having competed in a public bid opening, has been awarded the contract for the fire sprinkler system for the new Oakton Community College’s $39 million Science and Health Careers Center. The 93,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in 2014, will launch the College’s $68.5 million five-year Facilities Master Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2010.
The new facility meets contemporary and emerging science and health career educational standards, and will house the College’s anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, earth science, medical laboratory technology, nursing, physics, and physical therapy assistant programs. Located on the northeast side of the existing campus, it will feature sophisticated labs; flexible, light-filled classrooms; enhanced technology; and abundant lab preparation and storage space.
Other components of the Facilities Master Plan include an enrollment center that will integrate admission, advising and counseling, financial aid, registration, and records functions; a student gathering center; classroom upgrades; and a range of infrastructure improvements.
Turner Construction, the leading general builder in the United States and the Chicago area, will serve as construction manager for the building.
September 12, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for Rockford Structures Construction Company, has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new 80,000 square foot addition to Snak King Corporation, formerly C.J. Vitner Co., located in Freeport IL. The contract includes new ESFR sprinkler systems, a new fire pump and existing building remodeling. The project is fast-track and is expected to be complete by the first quarter 2013. Absolute Fire Protection will design the systems in-house and utilize Local 669 Sprinkler Fitters for the installation.
Earlier this year Freeport chip maker C.J. Vitner Co. was been sold to Snak King Corp., which is based in Los Angeles.
August 10, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for Stenstrom Construction has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new Rockford Orthopedic Associates Riverside Pavilion. A limited liability corporation set up by Rockford Orthopedic Associates bought the Riverside Pavilion shopping center atEast Riverside Boulevard and North Mulford Road. The project will involve a major reconfiguration of the existing sprinkler system to convert it from an exposed pipe retail system to a concealed pipe medical facility system.
ROA Riverside Development LLC paid $2.4 million to an entity set up by Kentucky-based Paul Hemmer Co. for the 87,000-square-foot shopping center. Lynne Pratt, marketing and communications manager said the medical clinic will convert 57,000 square feet into a clinic scheduled to open next spring.
June 20, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Gilbane Building Company, has been awarded the fire sprinkler systems contract for the Calumet Middle School addition and remodel. Calumet Public School District 132 will be adding 56,000 square feet to the existing middle school; a portion of the school will remain and be renovated. The Architect for the project is STR Partners LLC. The project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2013.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Venture Development Inc., has been awarded the fire sprinkler system contract for the new Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago retail and donation center in Lemont, Illinois. With this Lemont location this makes the seventh Goodwill center Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has installed.
The 21,000-square-foot store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-August in the former Sears Appliance and Hardware location at 1146 State St., said Cheryl Lightholder, spokesperson for Goodwill.
"We're very excited to open a new store in Lemont, and continue our growth plan in the Chicago area," Lightholder said.
Goodwill stores sell previously donated items such as clothing, kitchen accessories and more. According to Lightholder, the garden center in the former Sears will be turned into a donation center for residents to drop off used items.
Goodwill currently has 46 stores—26 in Illinois and 20 in Wisconsin. Lightholder said she is confident the Lemont location will be "a great addition" to the growing company.
Goodwill's announcement comes just six months after the Lemont Sears closed in November. The store had been open since 1996.
May 4, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc.has been awardedthe fire sprinkler contract for the New Rochelle Elementary School. AbsoluteFire Protection is a prime contractor working for the Illinois Capital Development Board; the project will be managed by ShalesMcNutt Construction of Elgin, IL. Absolute Fire Protection competed against a local group of contractors and was low by less than 2%. The 72,000 square foot school will be built with a combination of State grants and local bond funds, the project is expected to be complete by July 2013.
March 19, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Vissering Construction has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the expansion of the Eakas Corporation’s Peru Il plant. The sprinkler project will include six new high challenge systems fed from the existing fire pump. Also included is an extensive rework of the plant’s existing fire sprinkler systems.
Sakae Riken Kogyo Co, which is operating under the name of Eakas Corporation, will expand its existing facility in Peru from 257,000 square feet to 537,000 square feet in order to support its next generation of manufacturing. Eakas Corporation produces plastic parts and other decorative trims for the automotive industry. Completion of the new plating line will make Eakas the only manufacturer in North America to provide color molding, paint, hydrographics and chrome decorative finish components under one roof. Eakas’ plan is to invest $33 million to expand its Peru plant.
February 27, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working for Riley Construction of Lake Bluff, IL, has been awarded the contract for the fire sprinkler system for the new Carol Stream Recreational Center. The 90,846 square foot, LEED-certified recreation center at Carol Stream Recreational Center will feature a 25 yard indoor swimming pool, three basketball courts, and program rooms on the first floor; and a fitness center, fitness program rooms and a running track on the second floor. Construction for the new $18m center is expected to take 16-18 months.
The award of the Carol Stream Recreational Center adds to a long list of sporting facilities Absolute Fire Protection has recently completed such as the Randall Oaks Rec Center, West Dundee, IL; the Falcon Parn Rec Center, Palatine, IL; the Premier Fitness Center Rockford, IL and the Ackerman Sports Complex, Glen Ellyn, IL.
February 22, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working directly with the College as a prime contractor, has been awarded the second of four 13-story dorm towers at Northern Illinois University's Grant Hall. In 2011 Absolute Fire Protection completed the Grant Hall “C” tower which included a fire pump to serve all four towers. Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has now been awarded the “D” tower. More renovation work will continue at the nearly 50-year-old Grant Towers, the first campus dorm upgrades in a decade.
The DeKalb-based University has embarked on a multiyear residential renaissance that's expected to revitalize or replace one-third of existing campus housing by 2013. "It's a quality-of-life issue," NIU president John G. Peters said during this fall's State of the University address. "Our campus should make you comfortable — and make you proud. Most importantly, it must be conducive to learning and scholarly and artistic endeavors."
Results of work on 13-story Grant Tower C, which reopened in August, were warmly received by residents.
Grant Tower D is now closed for renovation. It's scheduled to reopen in 2013.
January 30, 2012 Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Scandroli Construction, has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center emergency medical services training facility on the city’s west side.This will serve as a more convenient classroom for Rockford firefighters and other agencies.
Officials broke ground on the project today near West State Street and Pierpont Avenue. OSF will spend more than $2 million to build the facility, which the medical center committed to doing after becoming the city’s resource training hospital last year.
OSF will own the facility, and the Rockford Fire Department will get first priority for scheduling. But the building can be and is expected to be used by other regional EMS agencies, especially those based in western WinnebagoCounty.Buckley Cos. is the architect for the facility, and officials said the design started coming together this past spring. The building will include a large classroom and four breakout rooms.
January 20, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working directly for the owner, has been awarded the fire sprinkler system contract for the remodel and retrofit of the Pine Acres Rehabilitation & Living Center in DeKalb, IL. In addition to a facility fire sprinkler system retrofit the project includes an expanded dining room, therapy gym, lounge area and nurse’s station. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2012. This project follows the Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. retrofit of their sister facility, Community Nursing and Rehab located in Naperville, IL.
January 11, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Rockford Structures Construction, Co., has been awarded the fire sprinkler system contact for the Cherry Valley Library expansion, remodel and retrofit project.The scope consists of multiple additions as well as a complete retrofit of the existing library.Absolute Fire Protection is well versed in retrofitting occupied facilities and will work closely with the Library administration to ensure public and staff safety during the retrofit.The architect is Hagney Architects, LLC of Rockford.
December 8, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Cord Construction Co., has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new B/E Aerospace, Inc., manufacturing facility.B/E Aerospace, Inc. with $2 billion in revenues will invest in a new building for its Rockford operations. It will be in LogisticsPark, directly east of ChicagoRockfordInternationalAirport.
Absolute Fire Protection’s award of the B/E Aerospace, Inc. manufacturing facility continues the string of ChicagoRockfordInternationalAirport site projects that we have completed in recent years; projects include the Wanxiang America Corp and the Chicago-Rockford Air Cargo Warehouse I.
B/E Aerospace, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 15 in the industrial park owned by the City of Rockford. City and economic development officials, elected representatives, executives from the Rockford B/E Aerospace facility and the corporate office were on hand for the symbolic gold-shovel event for the 38,000 SF, two-story building on 7.5 acres that is scheduled to be completed by summer 2012. Logistics Parkway LLC, formed by Cord Construction, will build the new facility and lease it to B/E Aerospace.
November 22, 2012
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Winter Construction, has been awarded the Freeport Health Network Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center addition and remodel project. With the support of the FHN Foundation and its Be Cancer Free campaign, FHN is expanding the medical oncology wing of the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center. This construction is expected to last through the beginning of March 2012.
The expansion will allow for more treatment rooms to be able to assist the many patients that come through their doors. The expansion will include eight more treatment stations and room to spare for future expansion. It is the second phase of a multi-year project at this cancer center.
The FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, one of just 40 comprehensive centers in the United States, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.
November 8, 2011
Adding to our long list of auto dealership projects Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for Stenstrom General Contractors, has been awarded the new Anderson Toyota-Lexus Car Dealership.The new 65,000 square foot facility will include separate showrooms for Toyota and Lexus cars, an extensive service department and parts storage.Located at 4100 N. Perryville Rd, LovesPark, the facility is scheduled to open in 2012.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has recently completed auto dealership projects for Bill Walsh Toyota in Ottawa, IL; McGrath Honda in Elgin, IL; Darcy Volkswagen in Joliet, IL; Ballweg Chevrolet in Middleton, WI and Bocker Auto Group in Freeport, IL.
November 2, 2011.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new 150,000 square foot Kraft Foods Rockford distribution center.Working for United Insulated Structures Corp, the extensive contract includes underground fire main extensions and rework, multiple specialized Early Suppression Fast Response (E.S.F.R.) sprinkler systems and adjacent plant remodeling.The Kraft Foods Rockford distribution center is an addition to the former Cadbury plant in Rockford.
The project is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2011 and be complete in the second quarter of 2012.The systems will be designed in-house with CAD and installed with local 669 sprinkler fitters.
United Insulated Structures Corp. is a national design/build firm that specializes in the design and construction of low temperature and food plant facilities.
October 24, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc, working for Chicago Heights Construction Company, has been awarded the fire sprinkler project at Governors State University for the Renovate Vacated Space and E & F Wings, CDB #816-010-036.The Project includes renovation of approximately 76,000 gross square feet in E and F Wings of the main building at the Governors State University to create new science and health profession teaching and research laboratories and offices.
In addition to renovating existing offices and lab space, existing atrium space will be in-filled to create additional space and the fire sprinkler systems will be upgraded to current standards and to support the laboratory requirements. Estimated Total Project Cost is $23,330,775.00 the Designer is LCM Architects, LLC, Chicago, Illinois, 60605
September 16, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working for C. G. Schmidt of Milwaukee has been awarded the fire sprinkler systems contract for the new Rock Haven Nursing Home campus.The nearly three quarters of a million dollar sprinkler project will consist of a new seven-building campus on 16 acres. The project will offer 128 private rooms encompassing over 178,000 sq. ft. in a residential style format. The project is scheduled for a December 2012 completion.Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee, WI. are the architects of record.
September 2, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working with the State of Illinois and the George Sollitt Construction Company, has been awarded the fire sprinkler systems contract for the new 80,000-square-foot Illinois Valley Community College Technical Center.The project will give the Oglesby College a sleek new entrance; will include classrooms, labs, offices and all enrollment management services. Nine career programs, ranging from drafting to industrial electricity, will be housed in the building.Domonica Kemper Architects are the architects of record.
August, 15, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new RandallOaksRecreationCenter.As a prime contractor Absolute Fire Protection bid against a field of ten Chicago area fire sprinkler contractors.The 47,000 square foot recreation center is to include fitness center, private locker rooms, two high school basketball courts, upper running track, classrooms, and exercise room.The project manager is Lamp Inc and PSA-Dewberry, Inc. is the architect of record.
August 5, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., working with Fridh Construction Services, Sjostrom and Sons, J. P. Cullen & Sons, Inc and Alberici Global Automotive, has started a variety of complex fire protection projects at the Chrysler LLC Belvidere assembly plant.The highly specialized fire protection projects include conveyor, equipment and robot protection, modifications to the existing systems, and various in-plant build-outs.
Absolute Fire Protection will design all the fire protection systems in-house and install the systems with our Rockford based Local 669 sprinkler fitters.We will be working multiple shifts around the clock to execute these installations.We are proud to have been selected to perform this work and can apply our years of experience working in highly challenging environments.
Absolute Fire Protection’s UA STAR certified inspection crew conducts a Fire Pump test in accordance with NFPA 25 code and standards.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. employs UA STAR Certified sprinkler fitters to perform your service and inspections. It’s your guarantee that you’re getting the best-trained Fire Sprinkler fitters available in the industry. UA STAR Certification means our sprinkler fitters have completed a stringent 5-year training program and passed the UA STAR Certification exam, giving them journeyman status and 30 hours of college credit toward an Associates Degree in Fire Sprinkler fitting and Construction Supervision. The UA STAR Program was developed jointly by the UA and FerrisStateUniversity – one of the most highly acclaimed providers of education programs in the industry.
June 27, 2011 Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler retrofit contract for the Provena Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, IL.As the Prime contractor Absolute Fire Protection will be responsible for all aspects of the installation.Allowing for aesthetically important features of the facility we include ceiling removal and replacement and painting to accommodate the sprinkler retrofit.Working closely with the residents and the Illinois Department of Public Health the 5-story facility will be complete by YE 2011.Provena Cor Mariae provides services and support to older adults in the Rockford, IL., area, including rehabilitative, respite and skilled nursing care.
June 16, 2011
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new Fox River Water Reclamation District office and laboratory building.As a prime contractor Absolute Fire Protection bid against a field of six Chicago area fire sprinkler contractors.The project will be LEED® registered with a Silver status goal.The 16,000 square foot building will be constructed adjacent to the Fox River.The project manager is Lamp Inc and DLA Architects, Ltd is the architect of record.
May 26, 2011 Absolute Fire Protection, Inc has been awarded a contract for a two year project to retrofit five residence halls at Rockford College, Rockford, IL.Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. competed against a field of seven local and Chicago area bidders and was selected based on experience, design and price.The five sprinkler systems will consist of quick response fire sprinklers using state-of-the-art BlazeMaster piping.The systems will be designed and installed using local labor; installation is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2012.
4-29-2011 ROCKFORD — Absolute Fire Protection, Inc, working for Cord Construction Co., has been awarded the fire sprinkler contract for the new Field Fastener addition.Field Fastener broke ground on a 44,000-square-foot expansion earlier this month.
The addition, which cost about $2.75 million, includes loading docks, a quality laboratory, a workout facility, multipurpose break room with fireplace and game room for employees.
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. will design the state-of-the-art fire sprinkler system in-house with CAD and will install the systems using local union sprinkler fitters.
April 22, 2011 Rockford’s Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. working with Fridh Construction Services started a variety of projects for the Cadbury Adams plant on Forest Hills Road in Loves Park which has an estimated cost of $2,133,600. Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. will be providing a highly specialized water and foam fire sprinkler system for the renovated interior including a new loading dock for the 525,200-square-foot plant at 5500 Forest Hills Road. Also included is an infrastructure upgrade to the plants overall fire sprinkler system network.Rockford’s Larson & Darby is the architect on the project, The Cadbury plant is now owned by Kraft Foods.
The 88,000 sq. ft. Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois houses three full size basketball courts, an elevated running track, one regulation size soccer field and a 30 ft. high multi-skill level rock climbing wall. The facility also features; meeting rooms, aerobics workout space, locker rooms, team rooms, a lounge, a reception area, a pro-shop and batting cages.
January 25, 2011.Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. continues its move forward into the Education sector with these recent awards:
Elgin Community College Major Capital Program, The New Student Library, the Remodel and retrofit of the StudentResourceCenter and the New Multi-Purpose Classroom addition and remodel, 141,000 square feet working with IHC Construction and Shales McNutt Construction
Joliet Junior College Health Professions Center Addition and Remodel, 124,000 square feet, working with Gilbane Construction.
15-story Student High-rise retrofit for NorthernIllinoisUniversity, Grant Hall, 152,000 square feet, working directly with the College as a prime contractor
RockValleyCollege’s new Jacob’s Math and ScienceCenter, 106,000 square feet, working with Sjostrom & Sons construction.
The University of Chicago College of MedicineRockfordNewNationalCenter for Rural Health Professions building, 82,000 square feet, working with Scandroli Construction.
The new classroom addition for St Patrick Catholic School in St Charles, IL for Henry Brothers Construction
Parker Early Education Center, Machesney Park, IL, Eight classrooms will be added to Parker, as well as a new multipurpose room/cafeteria, learning center and several other renovations, working with Happ Builders.
May 01, 2007
Absolute Fire Protection, Inc. is honored to have been awarded the fire sprinkler retrofit of the Copperstone Inn at Orchard Ridge Farms in Rockton, IL. Working directly with Rich and Chrissie Spanton, Jr. Absolute Fire is charged with designing and installing a retrofit fire sprinkler system with the utmost attention to safety and aesthetics. The entire sprinkler system will be custom designed to accommodate Rich and Chrissie’s plans for the Inn.
The ultra-luxury Inn will span more than 9,000 square feet. The inn is intended to give the comfortable feeling of home with lush decor and antique furnishings. They even got creative with themes for each room such as the Farmer’s Quarters, Sundance Suite, 1858 Limestone Loft, The Queens Retreat, Northwoods Suite, Apple Cellar and Wine Cellar. The project is expected to take 2 ½ years to complete.
Absolute Fire Protection is awarded College of DuPage Infrastructure contract.
June 8, 2008 @ 09:00 AM
Absolute Fire Protection is proud to announce it has been awarded a major fire sprinkler system infrastructure contract as a subcontractor to Freeport’s Mechanical Inc.
The nearly million dollar contract consists of revisions to the existing fire sprinkler systems to accommodate a future $22,000,000 expansion and remodeling project for the College.A new fire pump, a retrofit of un-sprinklered areas, a 1000 feet of new 12” fire main and underground fire main revisions are part of the project.
Absolute Fire Protection is a full-service Rockford-based fire sprinkler contractor serving northern Illinois.
Absolute Fire Protection Inc. was awarded the fire sprinkler systems contract for the new 400,000-square-foot Kohl’s MidwestDistributionCenter in Ottawa. The facility, scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2008, will contain multiple state-of-the-art fire sprinkler systems. The systems will be designed in-house with CAD and installed with local union fire sprinkler fitters.
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