Richard J. Daley College broke ground on a 57,000 sf addition with a connecting bridge to the existing facility to help further develop the school as a center of excellence for engineering and advanced manufacturing. Located at 7500 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood, the school will include a high bay manufacturing lab space along with other educational and office spaces to support engineering and advanced manufacturing programs. The implementation of design and construction for the project is managed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC).

With a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine stating the United States’ technical workforce is inadequate to compete in coming decades, schools like Daley College provide students with skills needed to compete in the 21st century job market, and make them more competitive for specialized career opportunities post-graduation.

This design-built project is more than a simple building with a bridge connection; it is the embodiment of a community seeking to revitalize its neighborhood area by creating a connective dialogue that all are significant and welcome. In addition to the educational benefits, another goal is for the project to bring presence and become an architectural icon, bringing positive change and giving residents a renewed sense of pride.

“After an intensive city-wide design competition, it is exciting to be one of the two Latino entrepreneurs leading this prominent and highly sought-after project in Chicago,” said Juan Moreno, JGMA. “We are honored to be a part of the exceptional team that will unify the entire Daley campus.”

Daley College joins Malcolm X in the latest efforts by the City Colleges of Chicago to bring specialized education facilities to neighborhoods and institutions throughout the city. Old Veteran Construction is the construction contractor and holder of the Design/Build prime agreement with the PBC, JGMA is the design architect, and CannonDesign is serving as the educational planner and the architect/engineer of record.

“We want students to look forward to attending class and feel a sense of belonging. Through this new facility, we want to elevate the college experience, and set the bar high for community colleges throughout the city and nation,” said Jim Jankowski, CannonDesign. “Daley College will allow students to succeed and excel in the workplace. We are committed to realizing the College’s vision.”

About Old Veteran Construction:

Old Veteran Construction, Inc. (OVC) is a premier certified M.B.E. Chicago General Contractor offering Federal, private and public clients a wide range of General Contracting services. OVC, Inc. is dedicated to delivering high-quality projects through exceptional performance by every member of our construction team. For more information, visit

About JGMA:

JGMA was established on the notion that design still matters in Chicago. The firm’s focus has been to challenge paradigms and project types in which the exploration of design has been forgotten. Whether it be education, healthcare, housing, or civic projects, their mission is to challenge paradigms in all areas of design and architecture that provide an open critique regarding the way projects should be executed. Some of the firm’s accomplishments include being selected as number 37 design firm in the U.S. by Architect magazine, recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the architecture firms “Reshaping Chicago”, and receiving multiple AIA design awards. For more information, visit

About CannonDesign:

CannonDesign is an integrated global design firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, strategists, futurists, researchers, and industry specialists driven by a singular goal — to help solve our clients’ and society’s greatest challenges. With extensive expertise in education planning through work on more than 300 campuses, CannonDesign is re-shaping, re-imagining and expanding educational institutions to become powerful centers for the creative exchange of ideas and innovation. For more information on our services and offerings, visit