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.


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 […]

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 […]

Lock and Dam 12

The project in Belleview, Iowa was a complete refacing of the existing lock. Precast concrete panels were placed immediately in front of the existing wall and the void was filled with concrete. This project was completed over a winter shutdown period with extensive phased scheduling requirements.


The new overpass bridge on John Deere Road in Moline, Illinois required two different types of retaining structures.  The approaches and abutments were supported with MSE – Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls up to 24 feet tall and a total of 1800 feet in length.  For other portions of the project, drilled shaft soldier pile with […]


The Illinois Tollway operates I-90 from South Beloit to O’Hare Airport.  Known as the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Helm repaired 6 bridges along the Rockford section.  The work involved deck patching, joint replacement, and beam repairs, along with partial deck replacement on two bridges and beam replacement on one.  The work is part of the […]

Lock and Dam 15 Mississippi River Guidewall Replacement

Work on this Lock and Dam was done off of Arsenal Island and barges.  Helm replaced 400 feet of guidewall over 3 winter seasons.  For each repair, a cofferdam was built on the river side.  Next, the cofferdam was dewatered and the 80-year old guidewall was removed.  A new guidewall was formed and poured over […]

Helm’s Engineering Team was contracted to design all requirements needed for updated equipment installations for Honeywell at their Freeport facility. The team collaborated with the owner and surveyed a similar facility in the Honeywell family. Helm calculated all process cooling systems, designed cooling tower requirements, chilled water process cooling distribution systems, and all exhaust systems. […]


Helm was selected in as the construction services provider for the Growmark Terminal Retrofit in Amboy, Illinois.  The project included a refined fuel unloading and mixing terminal as well as sitework improvements.  The new mixing terminal supplies fuel to the area’s farms through the FS cooperative.  Both biodiesel and ethanol blends are created at the […]

Helm was awarded the contract for both new additions and renovations at South Shores Bay Great America in Santa Clara, California.  New construction included a new waterslide and plunge pool. In addition to the renovation of the existing children’s pool, Helm constructed a new mechanical room which housed newly furnished and Helm installed ultra-violet system, […]


Illinois Route 2 links Oregon and Byron along the Rock River.  For years, the state resisted widening the road because of the tight terrain and steep slopes leading to the river.  The winding 2-lane road was eventually widened but only after an extensive earth retention system was installed for 3500 feet along the highway.  Precast […]

Helm has been contracted for various projects for automotive giant Ford for many years. A long list of projects include pretreatment systems, ultra-filtration heat exchanger installs, and vertical turbine pump installations. Helm has also performed various process related projects including dip tank circ systems, electro-coating process systems, and paint sludge removal.  Helm’s QA/QC team works […]


Helm was awarded the pool piping work for the FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park, a new indoor pool facility in Westmont, IL.  The project consisted of two new pools, a warm-up Pool and a 50M competition pool.  Our scope included both the excavation and stone fill as required for pool tank structure, as well […]