Joliet Jr. College | Joliet, IL

This expansive five-story building included; classrooms, offices, cafeteria, kitchen, science labs and a major student commons area.  Also included a 300 foot enclosed bridge, spanning a two acre lake, utilized to connect the new structure to the existing building.



The Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School | Chicago, IL

A full-service school, comprised of classrooms, offices, gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria.  The project was completed in a timely fashion and dedicated on December 1, 1961.



Rich Central High School | Olympia Fields, IL

In the spring of 1990, Rich Central High School was in need of major asbestos abatement and extensive remodeling.  Approximately 40% of the school was affected in this bonus/penalty project completed during the school district summer vacation.  In spite of the demanding timeline, Talsma Builders, Inc. maintained outstanding quality and was awarded $64,000.00 of bonuses for early completion.  The school offices shown above were completed from scratch in only eight weeks.



Ross Township High School | Merrillville, IN

This major expansion more than doubled the existing facility.  Area one, to the north, utilized circular construction at the library, kitchen and cafeteria.  Area two, to the south, included a new auditorium, swimming pool and gymnasium.  Area three, to the west, involved classroom revisions.



Matteson School District No. 162 | Matteson, IL

A growing enrollment for over five years necessitated six new additions to existing facilities.  All requiring accelerated schedules with multiple projects completed simultaneously.  Projects included:

  • Illinois School – New classrooms and locker rooms.
  • Indiana School – New multi-purpose room and remodeling.
  • Arcadia School – New classroom addition and remodeling.
  • Matteson School – Two classroom additions, multi-purpose room and extensive remodeling.

All projects were completed ahead of schedule and bonuses paid.



William E. Young School | Homer, IL

This $14.75 million dollar school, completed in 2010, was constructed as a full-service educational facility.  Some of the many features included:

  • 8,000 square foot gymnasium.
  • Kitchen and cafeteria.
  • Learning resource center.
  • Twenty-four classrooms.
  • Administrative offices.
  • Major site development including multiple retention basins, bio-swales and extensive parking.

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