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.



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 […]

Blackhawk Road Retaining Walls

This soldier pile and timber lagging project included a cast-in-place concrete face on the front of the wall.  Piles were placed in drilled shafts.  The retaining wall extended for one mile and allowed Blackhawk Road to be widened from 2-lane to 4-lane.

Costco Morris Meat Plant

Helm was awarded and performed the Plumbing & HVAC scope of work on the New Meat Plant Facility in Morris IL.  The plumbing consists of domestic hot & cold-water piping, process, compressed air sanitizer piping, industrial waste, process waste sewer, force main waste piping, carbon dioxide, natural gas, glycol, steam & condensate, nitrogen gas & […]

Chrysler Assembly Plant

Chrysler Assembly Plant has been a house account of Helm for decades. From paint tubing to chilled water to plumbing to large ductwork, Helm has performed work in every area of the plant. Helm plays a major role in each of the turnaround projects when the plant switches to a new car model. Of particular […]


Helm installed double-containment fuel oil piping at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center.  The fuel for emergency backup generator keeps the control center operating during power failures.  Extensive phasing was required to maintain FAA operations.  Excavated materials were hauled off site and pipe was delivered daily to eliminate lay-down space and the footprint of […]

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.


Helm was the construction services provider for the design-build Emsur printing facility in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village.  Based in Madrid, Spain, Emsur is a global packaging provider who needed a US partner to develop their label-making process.  Helm worked with ITG Engineering to design the process and then constructed the systems including […]


This lift station for the Rock River Reclamation District required a temporary support system to allow vertical excavation to a depth of 40 feet.  An 81-foot diameter steel sheet piling structure with 2 cast in place concrete walers was constructed to allow for the construction of the concrete pump station.  After construction, the retention structure […]


Project Everest was an expansion of production capability of injectable drugs for CSL Behring in Bradley, IL. Coupled with a compressed schedule and advanced quality control program, the project team worked tirelessly to provide the solution deserved by our customer. Complete scope included all Process Piping, HVAC systems, and the installation of 16 clean-in-place (CIP) […]

Lock and Dam 11 Mississippi River Lock Refacing

The complete lock between Dubuque, Iowa and Grant County, Wisconsin was dewatered and refaced on both sides in one 3-month winter shutdown. The existing lock face was removed and rebar installed, then precast panels were installed as the new face.  Concrete was poured between the existing wall and the panels.  In addition, the upper and […]

Wesley Willows Senior Living

Replacing the obsolete pneumatic controls system with a new BAS system was a great way for Wesley Willows to invest in the care of their residents and the facilities’ equipment. Helm Service removed the pneumatics from the central plants, air handling units, and radiant valves throughout the facilities. These were replaced with electronic, digitally controlled […]

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 […]