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Radio Flyer Heritage Gallery

Client

Radio Flyer, Inc.

Architect

Gensler

Date of Completion

2017

To commemorate Radio Flyer’s 100-year anniversary, Helios Construction Services teamed up with Gensler to design and build a unique gallery to showcase the evolution of America’s favorite Little Red Wagon. The Heritage Gallery, located in Radio Flyer’s headquarter office just west of the city, incorporates various milestones in the development of children’s products. From the curved sidewalk to the suspended product wall to the individual podiums, each feature uniquely captures how Radio Flyer has provided a Century of Smiles.

The construction of the Heritage Gallery included custom millwork, specialized graphic printing, glazing, and engineering. Every aspect of the gallery was built with the utmost level of detail and precision.

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Project Team:

Caitlin Miller

Kenya Tapia

Eric Rowe

David Melchiorre

Aash Desai

Caitlin Miller

Project Assistant

Caitlin assists the project team with various assignments including preparing and organizing monthly billings and contract documents. She is responsible for maintaining effective communication and ensuring that projects have the necessary resources and documentation.

Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University. Prior to Helios, she worked as a Payment Operations Specialist for Trunk Club in Chicago.

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Kenya Tapia

Project Engineer

Kenya is involved in all aspects of project management, including scheduling, submittals, cost control, and site supervision efforts. With the ability to quickly adapt to ever-changing environments, Kenya ensures that each project runs smoothly and is completed with the utmost level of detail.

Kenya holds a degree from DePaul University in Business Administration as well as International Business and French. Prior to joining the team, Kenya worked as a Project Coordinator for a small General Contractor specializing in residential restoration and commercial cleaning services.

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Eric Rowe

Superintendent

Eric has over 15 years experience working as a laborer, carpenter, foreman and a superintendent on various sized jobs for subcontractors. His experience in the field gives him a first-hand understanding of the mechanics, requirements and demands to complete a project on-time and under-budget. In addition, Eric's 17 years of service in the United States Army has cultivated his leadership skills and his attention to detail. 

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David Melchiorre

Superintendent

At Helios, David is responsible for providing direction to the subcontractors ensuring that they each complete their work in an efficient and precise manner.

Since earning an Industrial Technology degree from Illinois State University, David has accumulated an impressive array of skills throughout his career by managing charitable housing rehab projects and building committees.

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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.

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