Project

Half Acre - Lincoln Avenue Tap Room

Client

Half Acre Beer Company

Architect

Space Architects + Planners

Date of Completion

2015

Interior renovations for the addition of a full service kitchen buildout at Half Acre’s taproom on Lincoln Avenue. Helios Construction Services was able to schedule and phase the project to allow the taproom and brewery to remain open during the construction.  Work included extensive mechanical, electrical and plumbing coordination as well as new flooring, walls, and ceilings.  

Project Team:

Aash Desai

Tom Cichy

Caitie Galley

Aash Desai

Principal, Founder

Aash founded Helios Construction Services in 2008 with the vision to transform the inefficient construction process, Aash has over 15 years of experience in the Real Estate and Construction industry, having worked as a Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager for a Large Global Construction Management Firm, as well as the Vice President of Development for a National Real Estate Development firm.

Aash actively manages the overall business strategy and project direction for Helios. Aash’s experience with a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, private developers, start-up businesses and Institutions allows him to serve as both a construction manager, as well as adviser for our Clients.  

Aash earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction at Bradley University as well as an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In addition, Aash has served as a Mentor and on the Associate Board of Directors for the ACE Mentoring Program of Illinois, which promotes careers in architecture, construction and engineering to inner-city high school students, where he was honored with its inaugural Educational Leader award. Aash’s involvement in the local community coupled with his professional achievements has been recognized by Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Professionals Under 40.

Tom Cichy

General Superintendent

Since joining the organization in 2010, Tom has been extremely instrumental in taking on some our most complex projects, while helping to convert many first-time clients into repeat clients. As a General Superintendent, Tom is involved in every project, serving as a mentor and a resource to all of our Superintendents and project team members. Tom’s extensive background in construction enables him to provide outstanding direction to subcontractors by coordinating plans, specifications and schedules in order to ensure quality and on-time completion of work. 

Prior to Helios, Tom had been an integral part of one the largest construction companies in Chicago where he served as a carpenter apprentice, journeyman, carpenter foreman and superintendent. Throughout his thirty-five year career in the construction industry, Tom has overseen and consistently delivered several projects of different sizes, scopes and budgets.

Project Experience

Caitie Galley

Project Manager

As a LEED® Green Associate accredited professional, Caitie is involved in all aspects of project management including submittals, scheduling, cost control and closeout processes.

Prior to joining Helios, Caitie earned her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She began her career in construction as a Project Engineer for infrastructure and environmentally focused construction projects. She also held a position as a construction consultant and advised on hospitality, manufacturing, retail and commercial projects.

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