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When you add PCS to your team, expect inspired problem solving and blunt truth. We will turn your project over from top to bottom to hunt opportunities and areas for improvement. We understand risks because like you, we take them when we build and develop for ourselves.

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst Library

Library Makerspace

Transforming a library’s mission for community

As libraries adapt with modern times, they must create new places of community where citizens can learn and share. Library patron age and technology use define how library space is allocated. Like many, Elmhurst Library was divided into spaces dedicated by age. Director Mary Beth Harper sought to create a multi-generational “maker space” where all patrons could invent, collaborate, and design projects–together.

Early in the concept stage, PCS experience pinpointed the core obstacle. Makerspaces work best at the intersection of age-dedicated spaces. Elmhurst Public Library’s Adult and Children’s Departments are on separate floors. Other potential locations within common areas and administrative areas were considered. Ultimately, the building’s stacked layout did not have the room to be successful.

The solution was to annex basement space and work collaboratively with the architect, building department and construction manager to stretch the budget to cover the opportunity. Finishes, accessibility and egress were key challenges. PCS cost analysis revealed an expensive operable partition system that was not fully understood or needed. It was cut from the program. A new “raw” interior design approach made a major cost contribution. Commodity materials and concrete walls got a vivid, industrial interior design to compensate for lack of natural light. LED lighting provides ample lighting needed for working on intricate designs. Egress and bathrooms were sorted.

Today the patrons of Elmhurst are very proud of their makerspace and are equally proud of the works they produce there themselves with little knowledge of the intense collaboration that went into creating their makerspace. Director Mary Beth Harper knows that her prized makerspace may have never happened if not for the collaboration made possible by the early involvement of a PCS construction manager in the design process. “The collaborative work between my construction manager and our architect brought my ideas into reality,” she states. “My ideas that may have never come to life without the early pre-construction services of a construction manager.”

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Innovation in design and building technology leads to the most sustainable luxury building in New Mexico

PCS provided Development Services and Construction Management to Platinum, New Mexico’s only LEED Platinum multi-family community. PCS selected local architects Environmental Dynamics, Inc. (EDI) to design a luxury apartment building within a historic, but stagnating neighborhood outside of the city’s conventional development corridor. Once the pride of Albuquerque, Nob Hill had slide into decline. PCS and EDI tackled a common first hurdle: financial feasibility. PCS and EDI answered the challenge with density and new sustainability technologies. The new Nob Hill sector development zoning allowed density and creative design in the Historic Nob Hill corridor–within limits.


PCS hosted neighborhood meetings to inform and educate residents. Rather than focus on resident gentrification complaints, PCS explained how the architecture’s massing blended within the neighborhood in a stepped street layout. It’s location at the edge of blight was underscored and the project’s role as a change agent promoted. The architecture paid homage to the area’s iconic Route 66 roots and featured modern color and materials. Ultimately, the project was approved as drawn.


New Mexico’s extreme heat and cold fluxuation–often 40 degrees within the span of 12 hours–Is a major cost for area multi-family projects. PCS research determined that Platinum was a good fit for recent solar and building envelop advances. More research confirmed that New Mexico consumers value sustainability. PCS bet that sustainability could be a major marketing advantage. EDI developed passive climate techniques in hallways and common areas and that are typically large energy consumers with little actual use. Platinum built a photovoltaic array on the roof that generates enough electricity to power all common areas and return power to the grid each day. We engaged Green Insights to develop a high-performance building envelope and create the closure needed for super-energy-efficient heat pumps to heat and cool each residence. Not only does each Platinum unit have a state-of-the-art mini-split system, it is individually LEED certified and controlled by a phone-based smart thermostat.

Construction Innovation

While a four-story structure was core to financial feasibility, it created a major construction cost: a structural podium capable of supporting three residential levels with parking below. PCS worked for 12 months with several structural engineers to develop a hybrid steel-concrete-wood structure that achieved our needs.

Interior Architecure

Recycled flooring, LED lighting and large windows define the luxury living concept. Open floor plans match consumer demand and generous outdoor patios and decks blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space.


PCS managed construction and facilitated acquisition of all required permits. We performed quality control and CPM scheduling to ensure residents could move in as planned. Platinum stands today a unique luxury living experience for discerning residents concerned about the environment. PCS proves that intense pre-construction analysis of current building technology translates into the successful development of buildings that provide luxury, world-class amenities and cutting-edge technology in an environmental sustainable way. Platinum has improved the life of residents by lightening their carbon footprint in a market where this is critical value.