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 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.  […]

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, […]

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 […]

This project for the City of Freeport consisted of installing six new pressure reducing stations and one fire flow station throughout the City’s existing water system. Crews also placed approximately 3,600 feet of new 12-inch water main and installed bypass lines on 24 existing gate valves.

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Helm was awarded the contract to provide mechanical, plumbing, 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 […]

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 addition to the main I-74 bridge, 2 ramp bridges were also part of the project. Caissons, Y-shaped bridge piers and steel girders support […]

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, […]

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