Brookfield Zoo-Conservation Leadership Center

This project consists of transforming the former Reptile House into the Zoo’s new Conservation Leadership Center. The transformation required major changes to the building’s heating, ventilation and cooling system to provide an energy efficient and environmental friendly facility for conference rooms and offices instead of reptile habitats. Autumn’s work scope included the removal of the existing HVAC, furnishing and installation of the new air handling unit, boilers, chillers, and ice tank; the installation of the piping, pumps, and components for the chilled water and hot water heating system, and the start-up and commissioning of the new HVAC system.















































































































































































































Autumn Expands Mechanical Contracting Group

Steve Storck

Autumn welcomes Steve Storck to our mechanical contracting group. With over 25 years of estimating and project management experience, Steve will be leading our efforts to increase our market share of mechanical work in the Chicago metropolitan area. With Steve’s expertise, we add depth to our ability to bid and manage a complete mechanical contracting scope of work including mechanical piping, HVAC and controls for commercial and industrial, plan/spec and design-build projects.

CHA Kenmore Apartments Certified LEED Platinum

The Kenmore Apartments have been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. We are proud to have worked with Holabird & Root on this first ever LEED Platinum public housing project in Chicago. Design Cost Data magazine has featured this project in the November-December 2011 issue. Click here to read the article.


Midway International Airport Runway Lighting Upgrades

Autumn is working with HNTB in the preparation of construction bid documents for the installation of runway centerline lighting and threshold lighting systems for both ends of runway 4R-22L at Midway International Airport.  The lighting system is being installed to increase the visibility of the runway for non-precision instrument approaches.

Buckingham Fountain Mechanical System Improvements

Autumn is proud to be working with F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen and Independent Mechanical Industries on mechanical and controls improvements for Buckingham Fountain.   This Chicago landmark was dedicated in 1927 and contains 1.5 million gallons of water. Autumn will be installing fountain feature control valves and piping, four-way pilot valves, and a water booster along with providing start-up services.

Runway 9C-27C Construction Phase Services

Autumn is providing Construction Phase services for Runway 9C-27C at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Autumn’s scope includes preparing Bulletin changes to the plans, specifications, quantities and cost estimates as well as performing Project Controls functions for the team led by HNTB.

Midway Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility

Autumn’s Tim Morgan has been selected as CARE Plus’ Project Manager for the construction of the Midway Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CRCF).  The CRCF consists of a five-story pre-cast concrete garage capable of storing 1800 vehicles and a separate Quick Turnaround Area where vehicles are washed, fueled and prepared for rental.  The project is incorporating numerous green initiatives including a vegetated roof, rainwater cisterns, solar panels and wind turbines.  The project is tracking toward LEED certification and the Sustainable Airport designation of  “3 Airplanes.”  In addition, Autumn is providing project commissioning services. Construction of this $50 million project began in August, 2011 and is expected to be complete by the spring of 2013.

Mechanical O & M Services for the Chicago Public Schools

Autumn has been pre-qualified by the Board of Education of the City of Chicago to perform Mechanical Operations and Maintenance – Pipe Fitter Services for the Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Public Schools system has an enrollment of more than 400,000 students in 675 schools with an annual operating budget of $5.3 billion.

DuPont Fabros Data Center

Hill Mechanical has selected Autumn to provide on-site safety oversight during the construction of a DuPont Fabros Technology Data Center. The project safety professional will manage the safety program for Hill and its subcontractors on this fast-track project located in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.

Lambert-St. Louis Airport Storm Damage Repair Oversight

American Airlines has selected Autumn to provide project management services to oversee storm damage repairs from the May, 2011 Tornado that hit Lambert-St. Louis Airport.  The repair work, which affected the American Airlines Admirals Club operations and other passenger services in Concourse C, is scheduled to be completed this summer.  This project is being managed by Paul Wiese.

New Employee – Paul Wiese, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

Autumn welcomes Paul Wiese to our team.  Paul has more than 25 years of experience in construction project management, structural engineering and engineering consulting for aviation, industrial, warehouse, telecommunication, commercial/industrial buildings and coal and nuclear power plant facilities.  His responsibilities include management and coordination of general contracting, design-build and construction management projects.

FedEx Cargo Fuel System Tie-In

Autumn is providing mechanical contracting and construction management support services to Meccon Industries, Inc. for the FedEx Cargo Fuel System Tie-In project at O’Hare International Airport.  Autumn Pipe Fitters will assist Meccon in building more than 2000 feet of pipeline to connect FedEx’s Cargo Fuel Hydrant System to the Airport’s new Cargo Fuel Distribution System which was successfully completed by Autumn and Meccon in January, 2011.  Autumn’s construction management support services include providing a project safety professional and project quality oversight.

Terminal 1 Holdroom HVAC Upgrades

For this future O’Hare Capital Improvement Project, under design by Ghafari, at O’Hare International Airport, Autumn is providing field verification of existing conditions and coordinating preparation of construction phasing for the Terminal 1 holdroom areas with representatives from United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation.  The project design by the Autumn/Ghafari team includes upgrades to heating and cooling systems, lighting, and ceilings in passenger waiting areas.  Construction of this project is anticipated to occur in 2012.

FedEx Aircraft Maintenance Building Air Compressor System

Autumn was awarded a contract to build-out an air compressor system by FedEx at its new Aircraft Maintenance Building at O’Hare International Airport.  The Aircraft Maintenance Building is part of the FedEx Metroplex relocation required by the construction of Runway 10C-28C.

Area 5 Police Headquarters Cooling Tower Replacement

Autumn is pleased to be working with Anchor Mechanical Inc. on the Chicago Department of General Services’ Area 5, CMSS, North & Throop Energy Upgrades project. Autumn’s scope included replacement of the 30 year old cooling tower and condenser water piping at the Chicago Area 5 Police Headquarters.

Retro-Commissioning for University of Chicago Medical Center

Autumn is working with Grumman/Butkus Associates to provide retro-commissioning services for the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.  This 525,000 gsf building contains six floors plus the mechanical penthouse and is the second largest of the 244 buildings on the University’s 190-acres campus.

Fire Protection Upgrade of American Airlines’ Hangar No. 1

Autumn has been selected by American Airlines to provide Project Management services for the Fire Protection Upgrade of Hangar No. 1 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

ORD Bridge Inspection Services

Autumn is performing detailed inspections and evaluations of ramp and bridge structures as part of a team led by HNTB at O’Hare International Airport.

Kirie Water Reclamation Plant Diffuser System

Autumn is pleased to be working alongside IHC Construction at the James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant in Des Plaines.  Autumn’s mechanical scope includes the installation of a coarse bubble diffuser system at the plant.  The Kirie Plant was completed in 1980 and has the design capability of processing 72 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Chicago Park District’s Harriet Harris Park

Autumn has been hired by Anchor Mechanical Inc. to install a chiller and a boiler at Harriet Harris Park in Chicago.  This is our first mechanical contracting project for the Chicago Park District.

Commissioning Services for Concourse K Extension at O’Hare International Airport

Autumn has been selected by American Airlines to provide construction administration and commissioning services for the HVAC Modifications of the lower level offices located in Concourse K of O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 3.

Commissioning Services for Chicago Federal Building

Autumn has been hired by Madison Services, Inc. to perform commissioning for the upgrade of HVAC systems and lighting controls at the Federal Building located at 536 S. Clark Street, Chicago.

New Employee – Rene Moya

Autumn is pleased to welcome Rene Moya to the team.  Rene has more than 20 years of experience in many facets of Computer Aided Design (CAD).  He is an experienced professional well-versed in the use of MicroStation and is experienced at extending those applications utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems.

Willow Creek Relocation

Autumn has been selected by HNTB Corporation to provide construction phase services for the Willow Creek Relocation at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  Willow Creek will be realigned to enable the construction of Taxiway WK as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program.

Owner’s Representative for the Chicago Dept. of Aviation

We are pleased to announce that CARE Plus, LLC has been selected as the Owner’s Representative for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Capital Improvement Program. Autumn’s Joint Venture partners in CARE Plus, LLC include R.M. Chin, HNTB Corp., Ghafari Associates, d’Escoto, Heery International and Bradshaw Construction and Management. We look forward to working alongside our partners and with the Chicago Department of Aviation to continue to enhance the physical environment for all stakeholders at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

Illinois CDB Construction Manager/Program Manager Prequalification

Autumn has been prequalified as a Tier 2 Construction Manager/Program Manager by the Illinois Capital Development Board.  Our Tier 2 status will enable us to pursue projects of any size with the State of Illinois.

Tim Gallagher Joins Autumn

Autumn Construction Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Gallagher has joined the company as General Superintendent for mechanical contracting work. Mr. Gallagher possesses invaluable expertise garnered over 30 years as a Local 597 Pipe Fitter and Project Manager with one of the Chicago area’s premier mechanical contractors. He has worked on and led projects for many public agencies including the Chicago Department of Water, Chicago Department of Aviation, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago as well as on private client projects. Mr. Gallagher is an Executive Board member for Local 597 and has served as a two term delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor and Local 597 Examining Board.

Susan Nelson, President of Autumn, explains, “that offering mechanical contracting services is a natural expansion of Autumn’s current construction management, MEP coordination and commissioning services as well as fulfills a professional ambition to become a full service mechanical contractor. With the expertise that Tim brings, from building complex piping systems to managing union labor, our clients will know that we mean business.” Susan further thanks all those who have mentored, provided opportunities and otherwise encouraged Autumn along the way to achieving this goal.

Autumn Adds Mechanical Contracting Services

Autumn Construction Services, Inc. announces the addition of Mechanical Contracting to the firm’s service offering. Autumn will self-perform mechanical piping and equipment installation work as a signatory to Pipe Fitters Local 597 UA Agreement. Autumn is certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) with the City of Chicago, Cook County and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and as a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the Illinois Unified Certification Program (ILUCP).

Maureen Kolkka Adds Wisconsin P.E. Registration

The State of Wisconsin’s Department of Regulation and Licensing has granted Maureen Kolkka a certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer.  Ms. Kolkka is already licensed as a Professional Engineer in Illinois where she has been registered since 1989. Congratulations, Maureen.

Metra Platform Improvements

Autumn is pleased to be part of the team providing construction inspection services for Metra’s Deerfield Commuter Station along the Milwaukee District-North Line. The scope of work includes the installation of retaining walls adjacent to the platform and concrete repair work.