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Rock Island High School

The near-century-old Rock Island High School has new life after a renovation/addition of more than 60,000 square feet. The $10.8 million project required a complex reconfiguration of the main floor including a relocation of the main office, nurses’ office, administrator, and athletic director offices to improve overall flow and accessibility. The adjustments required an addition to the existing building.

A major transformation to the school’s main entryway creates a modern and welcoming first impression while enhancing security measures. Just inside, students can now enjoy a college-like atmosphere with a new and improved cafeteria as well as lavished common areas to socialize, study and relax.

Rocky’s exterior also got some much-needed attention including safety and efficiency upgrades to the pick-up/drop-off areas, expanded staff parking, and new outdoor courtyard spaces to enjoy. The library and various classrooms throughout the school were also renovated.

As school was in session for the majority of construction, our team coordinated closely with officials to ensure as little disruption as possible to staff and students.

Wilson Building

The historic Wilson Building originally built in 1914 has been redeveloped into a mixed-use development with 33 residential rental units and approximately 5,025 square feet of first-floor commercial space facing 5th Avenue South in downtown Clinton IA.

The $11.45 million historic adaptive-reuse, mixed-use development will preserve and transform the Wilson Building into loft units and one and two-bedroom rental units ranging in size from 483 to 1,224 square feet. The remodel included structural repair to the exterior brick & terracotta. On the interior, all utilities were demolished and replaced. Apartments were shaped using as many original walls as possible, even keeping the original corridor doors where present. Windows were replaced with new, historically accurate units. We worked closely with the design team and the State Historic Preservation Office in order to keep the remodel as historically accurate as possible.


Will Hall and Law Building

In the spirit of a historic renovation, Bush Construction converted the beautiful Will Hall and Law building in downtown Aledo, Illinois. There are now three commercial units on the main floor and AirBnB units on the second floor.

Bush Construction also completed the historical renovation of the Carnegie Library in Aledo, Illinois at the same time. Built in 1915-16, the landmark served generations of community members until it closed in 2019.

The storefronts of the Perryton Law Building were restored for a more historic appearance, which the Bush Design team kept in mind when drawing up plans. On the first floor of this renovation, there is commercial space, and the second floor contains tenant space. This project required a finish date within a strict time frame and with diligent planning and strong trade partner relationships and communication, we were able to achieve this aggressive schedule.

Genesis West | Linear Accelerator

Genesis needed to update their Linear Accelerator (a machine used to help treat cancer using lasers to target specific areas of the body and used together with a CT scan machine.) Genesis purchased a new Linear Accelerator and hired that company to shut down and remove their old one.

Bush Construction’s work included:

  • A full demo of the room including cutting out concrete to replace the Linear Accelerator’s mounting pad.
  • Replace all framing and drywall and finished out the entire space with new paint, flooring, and cabinets.

According to the manufacturer, this process is typically a 3-month duration (most of these Linear Accelerator rooms are all the same throughout the US). Bush Construction, along with all sub-contractors, was able to complete this in 6 weeks. Members of our team were there late into the evening the final day to get the room finished in time for the new machine to be installed.

The schedule was our main concern on this project since it was so fast-paced. With creative scheduling and working very closely together, we achieved a schedule that was less than half the typical duration.

Working in an occupied healthcare facility requires a skilled team, frequent communication, awareness, and flexibility as we coordinated work with the hospital staff. Genesis was still performing procedures in the room next door to us (a different machine but still a cancer treatment center). Noise caused by foot traffic and getting material to the job site was a big issue. We also had to be vigilant in scheduling work in the CT Simulator room. Genesis continued to use that machine while we updated the paint, flooring, and casework.

Augustana Bergendoff Hall Phase 1

On this renovation, Bush Construction upgraded classrooms as well as rehearsal and performance spaces. A common area corridor was also upgraded for the music and performing arts department at Augustana College. The project had two phases. One was a fast-paced renovation over the summer (offices and one classroom). The second phase was completed at year-end and included a small performance room and adjacent kitchenette with restrooms, rehearsal rooms, and a classroom.

This building was not designed or constructed well in the past. After completing the demolition, we worked with the architect and owner to achieve the desired design with the existing conditions.  There were several instances after the demo that required us to move to another location so asbestos materials could be removed.

Eagle View Community Health

Our team at Bush Construction worked with IDEA Architecture and remodeled an old theater into a healthcare facility for Eagle View Community Health. This health clinic is a full-service health center offering medical, dental, behavioral heath, and substance use services. To provide this range of treatments the building includes exam rooms, dental hygiene stations, counsel offices, and includes an in-house medical lab.

McCarthy-Bush Corporation

Bush Construction was pleased to lead the renovation of our home office. The modernization was a collaboration between McCarthy-Bush Corporation and our design and construction teams. We converted our more than two-decade-old office space into an open, airy, and inviting space for team members encompassing multiple companies and work disciplines. Utilizing research of several other modern office spaces, we were able to create increased efficiency and provide spaces that provide our team a great place to call their work home. During construction, we were able to phase the project to ensure none of our family of companies experienced downtime while also preparing some of our existing space for a new tenant.

Bush Construction entrance
Collaborative, open workspace
One of four conference rooms
Modern kitchen with views of the pond
Cafe-style seating that features a garage door
Spacious walkways and open floor plan seating
McCarthy-Bush Corporation’s entrance
Mail room that includes wide formatting printers
Modern restrooms
Six break out rooms for additional privacy
Spacious workstations in an open floor plan concept

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center’s growth was outpacing the size of their facility. Our design and construction teams helped to find solutions through renovations of two adjacent facilities and a small addition. The team converted their existing, partially vacant “north building” into a state-of-the-art grooming, boarding, and training facility. The goal of all client-facing areas was to be friendly and inviting while all employee-facing areas were to provide facilities that prepare the AFVCC team for the future of veterinary care.

Phase two of the project was to utilize existing ward spaces and convert them into all-new medical and dental treatment spaces. The addition portion of the project was to provide new ward spaces for treated animals. The completion of phase two represented a total transformation of the entire campus, complimented by the already completed play area.

Coram Deo Bible Church

Coram Deo Bible Church underwent a significant renovation to create a vibrant, educational, and safe space to support its Children’s Ministry. Bright colors illuminate common areas designed for interacting and playing, and each of the 11 classrooms meets the needs of the children and pre-teens they serve.

Nursery – offers room dedicated to nursing moms that includes a screen with a feed to the Worship Center, a crib room where babies can sleep and a kitchenette complete with a dishwasher and sink.

Preschool – includes a bathroom and a sink, whiteboards, and audio-visual technology to assist little learners.

Upper Elementary – features modular tables and chairs for connecting, moving, and learning.

In addition, the Compass Room (holds up to 150), the Cornerstone Room (holds up to 200), and the Legacy Room (holds up to 260) were created as flexible spaces for children’s ministry programs, gatherings, and events.

The renovation also included the reconfiguration of the entrance, including a dedicated Welcome area, a wide-open corridor to the children’s ministry, and new paint and flooring.

Bettendorf Christian Church

To accommodate a growing congregation, Bettendorf Christian Church underwent a 16,000 SF addition and 10,000 SF renovation project. Their goals were to increase space, improve traffic flow and enhance their children’s and student ministries. The church determined a multi-use worship area that seats up to 850 with a gym layout would offer the greatest flexibility to convert the space for a variety of activities and events.

The Church’s gym/worship area includes a stage, a separate audio-visual area, and a baptistry. The welcoming front entrance provides an open space for members to congregate, the kitchen an opportunity to serve, and the cafe a way to enjoy coffee and conversation before or after services.

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