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Chicago Charter School Renovated by Cicero Construction Group

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

Horizon Science Academy-McKinley Park enhances learning experience with renovated library and new office space

PLAINFIELD, IL, JULY 7, 2021 -- Cicero Construction Group has been selected to renovate Horizon Science Academy-McKinley Park, an award-winning public charter school serving Kindergarten through twelfth grades located on Chicago’s southwest side. Cicero Construction Group will upgrade the school’s current library into a 21st century educational space to enhance learning and, in response to a growing student population, build-out a significant office addition that expands the building’s administrative capacities.

The project is anticipated to include a variety of site improvements including: drywall and framing of the large, new office space; demolition and replacement of existing flooring with Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and vinyl cove base; updating the building’s lighting, electrical, HVAC, and fire sprinkler systems; installing new acoustic tiling on the ceilings of both the library and office; and brightening the new spaces with fresh paint to give students an innovative learning environment to better collaborate and study.

Cicero Construction Group expects the project to be completed by mid-August in time for the opening of the Fall semester. Working during the summer ensures that students and staff do not have to endure any construction-related disruptions.

Sam Cicero is president of Cicero Construction Group.

“We’re honored to work with Horizon Science Academy as we bring its collective vision of creating enriching learning environments to life and in helping it inspire school pride in the McKinley Park community,” Cicero said. “Using our value engineering approach will allow us to meet the high quality standards of the school while maximizing its existing budget."

Horizon Science Academy-McKinley Park is one of only two schools authorized by the Illinois State Charter School Commission. Opened in 2013, it provides an innovative world class education, rich in math, science and technology to meet the challenges of a competitive global workforce. It accommodates the learning needs of 860 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13:1.

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Cicero Construction Group, formerly Cicero's Development Corporation, is an established General Contractor specializing in commercial renovation founded in 1970. Headquartered in Plainfield, Ill., Cicero Construction Group offers design-build services, construction management, experienced project superintendents and foremen, and highly skilled craftsmen. Superior workmanship, attention to detail, and project management has fueled the company's complete on-time and on budget project track record. Visit


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