HMS Construction

Hinsdale Middle School Construction

Thanks to the successful passage of a November 2016 Referendum, we are currently in the process of building a new Hinsdale Middle School. We invite you to explore the resources in this section to learn more about the construction process being completed in collaboration with architect Cordogan Clark & Associates, construction manager Bulley & Andrews, and the Village of Hinsdale.

Site Plan for 2017-18 School Year

Latest News

August 14, 2017 • Groundbreaking Ceremony (Visit Image Gallery)

August 14, 2017 (Board Business Meeting Activity)

  • The Board approved "Bid Group #1 ASI-001/004 Change Order" contingent on the Village of Hinsdale approving to pay in full the costs associated with the change order (Vote 5-0; Absent: Lucht, Giltner). It was clarified that $253,000 for trade costs associated with ASI-001 and ASI-004 are needed for revisions to accommodate the larger parking deck desired by the Village of Hinsdale, including concrete foundation, earth retention, and excavation. Bill Truty and Peter Kuhn of Bulley & Andrews said they would wait until the Village's approval of the change order (slated for August 15) before moving forward.
  • The Board also approved and awarded the assignment to Bulley & Andrews of alternates to the previously awarded Contract for Bid 2K Fire Protection to K & S Automatic Sprinklers, Inc. (Vote 5-0; Absent: Lucht, Giltner). It was clarified that the action was needed to correct a minor technical error.
  • A third action item was approval of a final schedule for the HMS construction project. Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, including litigation and extended time for utility work, we began on-site construction and excavation later than initially planned. The District’s previous working schedule, “4A Plus,” had an accelerated timeframe with a target school opening of August 2018. In order to meet that target, the schedule included significant overtime costs, a six-day construction workweek throughout the project, and very little flexibility for any unforeseen delays. It was expected to take "almost perfect" conditions (i.e., contractor availability, limited weather days, and field conditions) to complete the project as estimated. Because we are not expected to be provided a clear idea of the completion date until January 2018, concerns were shared that if we continued to work toward the “4A Plus” schedule, we risked incurring 4-5 months of overtime costs with no guarantee of meeting an August 2018 deadline. Given this situation, the administration recommended and the Board approved the schedule referred to as “4B.” This schedule moves District access to the new school to the fall of 2018, with a final move into the new building slated for the 2018-19 winter break. That schedule includes some flexibility to absorb potential delays and allows more time to finalize the building. More information about the project is available in the HMS Construction section of our website. We invite you to visit the Image Gallery to see photos from Monday's Groundbreaking Ceremony.

August 4, 2017

  • The Temporary Parking Lot has opened. (The entrances are on 2nd Street and 3rd Street.)
  • Washington Street is now closed between 2nd Street and 3rd Street; detour signage is in place.
  • The Washington Street parking lot and the small HMS parking lot on Garfield Avenue have closed to traffic; the shuttle service at HMS site has been stopped.
  • Reassembly of the mobiles (portables) is complete.
  • Construction of a new connecting link from the school to to the mobiles is ongoing.
  • Final temporary fence relocation is in progress.
  • The excavator has mobilized on site.
  • The Village of Hinsdale Board of Trustees have decided on the larger parking deck option and approved the related Memorandum of Understanding.
  • The Village of Hinsdale Board of Trustees approved an early start time for construction activities, with renewal required in 60 days (from August 14).
  • Reminder - Bulley & Andrews is holding a neighbors meeting in the HMS Commons on Friday,. August 11 (8am).

July 31, 2017

  • Photos have been added to our Image Gallery, showing the open and accessible temporary parking lot and the closure of Washington Street between 2nd Street and Third Street. Pictures also show the mobile classrooms moved and the now-vacant space in the west HMS parking lot.

July 28, 2017

  • Construction Manager Bulley & Andrews has announced their next HMS neighbor meeting will be held August 11, 2017 at HMS (8am); all interested residents are welcomed to attend. No registration is needed.
  • The mobile units (portables) used to house eight HMS classrooms have been moved to the north of the school. Their previous location was in the area of the new HMS gymnasium.
  • The mobile move was made possible in part because a ComEd pole, located in the west parking lot and blocking the area, is now gone.
  • The team is currently building the link connecting the mobiles to the current HMS. Work is ongoing for the mobiles' stairs, electrical power, and trim.
  • The temporary parking lot, being built on what was Washington Street Field, is being paved on July 28. Striping will be completed July 29-30. The lot will open once the paint is dry; the team is anticipating it will open on Monday, July 31.
  • During the week of July 31, the team is scheduled to remove the fencing around the temporary parking lot and complete landscaping in that area, including blanket the large dirt pile located there. ("Blanketing" refers to adding a seed mesh netting type product over the pile of dirt to allow grass to grow.)
  • July 28 is the last day of valet service being provided by the District because the temporary parking lot is slated to open. The Village of Hinsdale has shared the following information with residents (from July 28 e-newsletter): "The Village of Hinsdale is providing customers of Hinsdale's Central Business District free parking every Saturday in July and August from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. During the Village's Central Business District resurfacing project, the Village would like to assist in alleviating the parking congestion by providing the free valet service to all customers of the downtown. For Saturday, July 29, customers who would like to utilize the free valet service can drop their vehicle off to the valet parking stand located near the intersection of Second Street and Garfield Street."
  • On Monday, July 31, parking will not be permitted in several lots immediately surrounding HMS.
  • Detour signs are being posted to guide traffic in the HMS area.
  • Once the temporary lot opens, Washington Street will be closed between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.
  • At the next Village meeting, the project team will be requesting that the Village allow for a 7am construction start time.

Contact Us

Community members with comments or questions about the HMS Construction project are invited to contact the District 181 Director of Communications Bridget McGuiggan:

Questions or concerns about on-site issues can be directed to Joe Murray with Bulley & Andrews at


Thank you to all who attended our August 14, 2017 Groundbreaking Ceremony, and thank you to all those who contributed to the event's success!

Groundbreaking Image Gallery

Superintendent's Advisory Community Task Force

The role of the Task Force is to oversee the expenditure of public funds for the HMS construction project, to be an advisory team for the District administration, to ensure that construction is responsive to the Board of Education’s desires and in line with what voters approved, and to support successful completion of the project. This group is intended to be collaborative, working together on behalf of taxpayers and in cooperation with District personnel and hired professionals. We are grateful to all community members who applied to support this work!

Bond Referendum Review and Accountability Committee

On May 31, 2017, the District 181 Board of Education approved a settlement agreement to end litigation that delayed the sale of bonds needed to finance construction of a new Hinsdale Middle School following the successful November 2016 Referendum. The settlement agreement included a clause that a Bond Referendum Review and Accountability Committee be formed and that the Committee provide an opportunity to accept written public comments and questions related to the referendum. Public comments and questions were accepted June 28 through July 14, 2017.

A public meeting of the Bond Referendum Review and Accountability Committee was held Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Reports and resources related to that meeting can be found on BoardDocs.

Owner's Representative

The Owner's Representative is an individual who serves as the District's project manager for the new construction of HMS. The Board of Education approved an agreement with Mr. Kerry Leonard for that position in February 2017.

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