Balfour Beatty to Develop on Lake Forest College Campus

by Katie Sloan

Lake Forest, Ill. — $15 million project includes demolition of a residence hall that was built in 1893.

Lake Forest College’s newest student housing opens in 2013.Lake Forest, Ill. — Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions has entered into a development agreement with Lake Forest College for a new 233-bed student housing facility. The approximately $15 million project on the College’s South Campus in Lake Forest, Ill., also includes demolition of the college’s existing Moore Hall student dorm, which was built in 1893.

Balfour Beatty has partnered with Solomon Cordwell Buenz as the architect on the project and Walsh Construction as the construction contractor performing demolition and construction work for the new building. Both companies are based in Chicago. The new student housing facility will open in August 2013.

The new 62,000 square foot building will feature updated living arrangements that provide expanded social spaces and other enhanced residential options for students living on campus.

The Chicago-based Scion Group provided consulting services to the college in 2010, which led campus leadership to seek approval from the Lake Forest City Council to demolish Moore Hall and replace it with a new building.

“Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions is honored to work with Lake Forest College on this important project that will expand their on-campus housing options and further enhance their ability to attract and retain students. Our strong track record in student housing development, construction and management, coupled with the impressive resumes of our project partners, will ensure the successful delivery of a world-class facility for the college,” said Bob Shepko, President of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. “The college’s administration and staff have been terrific partners and we are excited to be working with them and the Lake Forest community in advancing the mission of the college.”

“The new residential facility is crucial to the College’s ability to attract and retain the best students to Lake Forest,” adds Lake Forest College Vice President of Business Affairs Leslie Chapman. “And its design fits in well with the rest of South Campus and the surrounding community. It will be a terrific addition to campus.”

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