Helm Group

Project Explorer

It’s one thing to say you’re good. It’s another thing to prove it – and, in the construction business, the proof is in the projects. With roots dating back to 1946, Helm’s divisions have completed literally thousands of projects. In this section of our website, we have carefully selected a few of our favorites in a good cross-section representing the work of our many service divisions. The projects in this Explorer are updated frequently, but if you would like to see more of a particular type or discuss a particular project, please contact us. We will be glad to share more.


Advocate Good Shepherd Renovation

Helm was awarded a $30 million contract for the HVAC and plumbing scopes of work for a new patient care tower at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. This multi-year project required a great deal of coordination for all trades. As a design assist project, Helm was also contracted to provide design services to […]

Applied Underwriters

Helm was awarded the full HVAC scope contract for the new Applied Underwriters building in Omaha, Nebraska. This 260,000 square foot building featured a sophisticated linear system to provide heating and cooling with no traditional grilles, registers, or diffusers. Housing a full commercial kitchen and 80-foot-tall atrium this building will be the workplace to more […]

AbbVie Campus

Helm has performed several projects for Abbvie, a pharmaceutical and research company, in recent years. Recently Helm was contracted to perform an expansion and retrofit of existing production capability of pharmaceutical drugs. Helm’s scope of work consisted of installing new process, HVAC, and plumbing systems to support new production lines. Installation included over 8,500 biopharmaceutical […]


Medical facilities require very precise control of HVAC equipment to ensure an optimal environment for patients, visitors, doctors, and staff. Through a traditional bid process, Helm Service was awarded a project to upgrade the building automation system by replacing over 280 controllers, sensors, and end devices in such areas as the main chiller plant, central […]


Helm was awarded the contract to complete the Water Park Construction at the Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca, CA.  Scope of work consisted of underground and above ground piping, mechanical room assemblies, filtration systems, wave equipment and chemical equipment.  We were also responsible for the installation of the floor and wall inlets skimmers, gutter weirs, […]

I-180 over Illinois River

Helm was the contractor for the $25 million deck replacement of the I-180 bridge over the Illinois River in Hennepin, Illinois.  This 4-lane bridge had undergone numerous deck patching projects over the years and was badly in need of a new deck.  There was over 7,000 cubic yards of superstructure concrete and almost 2 million […]

Rock Island Water Filtration Plant

Helm was the prime contractor on the Rock Island Water Filtration plant in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.  The $20 million project provides filtered water for the city and surrounding area.  In addition to construction of an administration and process building, the treatment systems included new filters and media, backwash supply pumping system, […]

VA Ambulatory

Located in Omaha, NE Helm was awarded Plumbing, Med Gas, and HVAC scopes of work for a new 157,000 square foot ambulatory care center at the Omaha VA Medical Center. Helm’s $12 million contract included VDC/BIM services for the building and its 7 Primary Care Units, Outpatient Surgery Suites, a Women’s Health Clinic, and a […]

Helm worked direct for Northwestern University on the downtown Chicago campus decentralization.  In 3 months while school was out for the summer, Helm changed the heating system from an oversized and inefficient central boiler plant to dedicated hot water boilers throughout the campus as well as steam generation to specific buildings to support process loads.  […]

Helm recently completed a 9-mile portion of I-88 from Illinois Route 78 to Sand Road which included full depth concrete patching along with polymer Hot Mix Asphalt binder and surface courses.  Officially designated an Interstate in the late 1980s, the roadway has undergone a number of improvements over the years.

Helm constructed a new environmentally friendly, water pumping system that is designed to save the city of Chicago $4 million per year in operating cost.  Central Park is one of 12 city pumping stations that provides water to over 40% of the population of the state of Illinois.  Central Park was originally built in 1899 […]

Whiteside County Airport Taxiway Rehabilitation

Helm recently completed a taxiway rehabilitation project at the Whiteside County Airport.  The project consisted of removing and replacing the existing asphalt surface to a depth of 4-inches according to IDOT Division of Aeronautics specifications.

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