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.


The City of Rock Island has a combined sewage system on the Mississippi River that could not handle the volume needed during heavy rains.  Helm was hired to upgrade the plant and provide excess capacity to treat the influent even during the heaviest periods including 265 MGD of screening and pumping and 90 MGD of […]

RPS Admin Building

The Rockford School District is the third largest in Illinois and serves over 28,000 students.  With 47 buildings ranging in age from 5 to 110 years old, the district needed a versatile facility management partner.  Helm Service integrated 8 proprietary controls systems into one new interface to provide a single point of access for controlling, […]

Helm recently performed full and partial depth asphalt patching along with removal and replacement of the existing runway surface to a depth of 4-inches all while keeping an adjacent runway active.

The facility at the University of Chicago is a 10-story building with 330,000 square-feet of space for research laboratories and classrooms. Helm performed the HVAC piping and lab gas systems on the project. The project relied heavily on BIM drawings for fabrication and installation.

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Helm was awarded the contract to provide mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and other specialty services scopes for the DeKalb Data Center. Highly focused on team collaboration the Owner, General Contractor, and Helm began early in the design phase to plan for every aspect of this fast-paced, highly technical project. […]

Helm’s Industrial team was awarded the DFO Expansion projects for BNSF’s Chicago and Elwood locations. This combined project scope required detailed coordination and strategic planning to limit shutdown time at both facilities, which Helm completed within the allotted time through intense prefabrication efforts utilizing front-end scanning technology and virtual design. The Chicago location focused on […]

Rush University Medical Center

Helm was the HVAC contractor 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 houses outpatient clinical services for cancer and neurosciences, including diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, infusion therapy and integrative medicine. In addition, the construction project […]

I-74 Viaduct

The $1.2 billion I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project was broken into 6 separate contracts. Helm was the contractor for the Westbound portion of the corridor on the Iowa side of the river in 2019 and the Eastbound portion in 2021. Caissons, Y-shaped bridge piers and steel girders support a deck that will carry 100,000 vehicles a […]

O’Hare Airport’s Terminal 5 serves international air travel as well as select domestic routes. Helm contracted to replace the air handling units and distribution ductwork for the terminal as part of the O’Hare 21 Modernization program. As one of the 10 busiest airports in the world, the team worked through the complicated scheduling and sequencing […]

Awarded this multi-year project, Helm’s scope is complete enhancement to the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure. The upgrade included the installation of four new Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) units, accompanied by 102 Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes. A key component of the upgrade was the installation of a Variable Refrigerant Flow […]

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