Turnaround Case Studies


Whiting Corporation, 260,000sf overhead crane manufacturing facility

Challenge: The design/build contractor had not paid subcontractors, refused to perform warranty work, and was threatening to file bankruptcy.

Services provided: Negotiated an agreement between the Owner and contractor and managed the process to complete the warranty work, provide lien waivers, and finalize payment.


Realtor Association of West/South Suburban Chicagoland, 24,000sf Office Building

Challenge: The new Owner planned to renovate the recently purchased building for their use and discovered structural issues during the design phase.

Services provided: Brought in a structural engineer to assess the problems and design solutions, then managed the structural remediation work and the buildout design and construction work.


16,000sf Single Family Residential Project in Build-out Phase

Challenge: A large lien had been filed on the property, the lender had stopped making payment and the general contractor ceased work.

Services provided: Managed the general contractor through the completion of the construction, negotiation of change orders, and close-out of the project.


Pool House and Tunnel addition to Single Family Residence

Challenge: The waterproofing system applied by the Design/Builder to a newly-constructed underground tunnel failed, causing leaking and damage to the finishes.

Services provided: Brought in a consulting engineer to assess the causes and design solutions, then managed the installation of the replacement waterproofing and drainage system work and the construction of the pool house addition.

Representative Projects

1440 Dayton – Owner’s Representative for the 65,000sf three-story base building renovation and 4th floor addition projects. 1920’s manufacturing facility built out for loft office in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Lawton Stanley – Architect, Synergy Construction Group – General Contractor

One Winnetka – Owner’s Representative for the Planned Development approval of a 185,000sf mixed-use luxury condo/apartment/retail project.  The development includes construction of a public parking garage. Lucien Lagrange Studio – Architect, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Inc. – Civil Engineer

Waterford Trails Apartments – Owner’s Representative for the due diligence process of a 600 unit multifamily development on 40 acres. The development required FAA review, a master development agreement with adjacent landowners, and  gas pipeline infrastructure coordination.

Waterford Springs Apartments – Owner’s Representative for the entitlement process of a 308 unit multifamily development on 41 acres. The development included construction within floodplain areas and wetland mitigation. EDI International – Architect, Jones & Carter, Inc. – Civil Engineer

Techny Towers – Project Manager with the Owner’s Representative for the renovation of a 186,000sf, 100+ year old conference center. Managed the design and construction work for the project in three major phases of exterior restoration, exterior upgrades, and interior rehabilitation. Melichar Architects, Partners in Design Architects, Inc., Klein and Hoffman – Architects/Engineers; Ziccarelli Builders, Inc., Riley Construction – General Contractors

Catholic Theological Union – Project Manager with the Owner’s Representative for the award, design, and construction of a fast-tracked 150,000sf academic facility and parking garage. Antunovich Associates, Inc. – Architect, Turner Construction Co. – Construction Manager

Barjan Products – Owner’s Representative for the award, design, and construction of a design/build build-to-suit 260,000sf corporate office and distribution building. Clayco Construction Co. – Design/Builder

Bush Hog, LLC – Owner’s Representative for CC Industries, Inc. for the award and design of a design/build build-to-suit 390,000sf manufacturing facility. J.A. Street – Design/Builder

Trillium Consulting, LLC client list:


  • 1440 Dayton Partners LLC
  • Springbank Capital Partners
  • Stoneleigh Companies
  • Circle Realty Advisors/DTZ/GSA
  • Strada Real Estate Services/JLL/CTA
  • Institutional Project Management
  • CC Industries
  • IMPO Glaztile, Inc.
  • Whiting Corporation
  • Apex Engineering Product Corporation
  • Bernina of America
  • Import Logistics, Inc.
  • Barjan Products


  • The Bison Group
  • Digital Appliance Controls, a division of Emerson Electric Co.
  • Victor Products
  • Matsushita Electric Corporation of America
  • Chicago Tube & Iron
  • Epic/Savage Realty Partners
  • Learning Resources
  • Turf Professionals Equipment Company, a division of The Toro Company
  • Alberto-Culver
  • Cook Financial
  • DMG America



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