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.


Lock and Dam 15, Mississippi River Refacing

This project was a partial refacing of the existing lock with one-sided forms and poured-in-place concrete.  An upper and lower guidewall resurfacing was also included in the work.  As with most winter shutdown lock and dam work, gate repair, electrical ductbank construction, and concrete repairs were also included in the scope.

Lee County Jail

The design team at Helm was selected to provide a complete HVAC and plumbing design for Lee County’s new detention facility in Illinois. After design phase was complete the Helm team completed stamped construction drawings. Also contracted for this project was Helm’s construction team. During construction the design team provided construction support services through duration […]

MercyHealth Riverside Campus

Helm was brought on board by the Mortenson Construction for the coordination and construction of the MercyHealth Riverside Campus through an interview and estimate selection process in January of 2017. AECOM was MEP Engineer of Record. The BIM coordination process began in earnest in March 2017 upon receipt of construction documents with installation slated to […]

Morgan Street Bridge

This downtown Rockford, Illinois bridge crosses the Rock River with a 500 foot center span.  The river bridge is supported with a tied arch connected to the deck with steel cables.  A 300-ton and a 275-ton crane hoisted the arch sections into place from river causeways. The arch was supported during erection with falsework towers […]

O’Hare International Airport

Awarded the High Temp Water Generator at O’Hare International Airport, Helm’s scope for this multi-year project consists performance of the General Work, Mechanical Structural Work, Architectural Work, and Electrical Work, including all appurtenant work and accessories. This includes, but not limited to, Phased demolition of eight (8) existing High Temp Water Generators, eight (8) HTW […]

Rock Island Wet Weather Treatment Building Support of Excavation

At the Rock Island Wet Weather Treatment Plant, the new solids handling building was placed adjacent to the existing clarifiers, administration building, and other structures that were scheduled to remain in place.  In order to construct the 24 feet deep new building, a complex earth retention structure was required.  Helm constructed a steel sheet piling […]

Rush University Medical Center

Helm was awarded the HVAC scope for Rush University Medical Center’s newest addition to their campus.  The Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building is a new, 10-story, 480,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art outpatient care center. The building will house outpatient clinical services for cancer and neurosciences, including diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, infusion therapy and integrative medicine. In addition, the […]

Shawnee Mission

Located in Lenexa, Kansas, Helm was awarded the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center.  The project consisted of construction of a new 55,000 SF Aquatic Center with a 50-meter competition pool and an instructional pool.  Our work included all plumbing & piping systems, pressure testing for pool systems to the mechanical room, chemical equipment & […]

Sterling Water

In the past few years we have helped modernize the City of Sterling’s water system by replacing over 15,000 feet of water main and over 600 residential and commercial water services.

Stickney Sludge Thickening

The Stickney Water Reclamation Plant is the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world.  Part of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Stickney was in need of an upgrade to the sludge thickening process to meet new EPA mandates.  Helm was the contractor for the installation of the new sludge process and odor […]

Swedish American Hospital

Helm was awarded and performed the Plumbing, HVAC, and Medical Gas scopes of work for the new 115,000 square foot Women’s and Children’s addition at Swedish American Medical Center. The project used Helm’s robust technology tools to assist all trades in meeting the demanding schedule. By utilizing scanning technology and HoloLens, Helm’s team was able […]



At UOP, a fuel processing facility, Helm performs various scopes of work on an annual basis. Helm’s scope of work consists of new process, HVAC, and plumbing systems to support new production lines. Installation included ASME pressure vessel repairs, vacuum jacketed liquid nitrogen, nitrogen, and hydrogen systems. Other projects at UOP have included new boiler […]