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Summit Design + Build Starts Capital Improvements at The Bloc

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Summit is Donating Services & Raising Money to Upgrade a Non-Profit’s Boxing Gym & Mentor Center

General contractor Summit Design + Build, recently started capital improvement upgrades at The Bloc, a local Chicago non-profit. In addition to providing complimentary construction management services and general contracting services, Summit is raising money via GoFundMe to cover the cost of the capital improvements.

The Bloc is more than a boxing club, the organization helps to train, tutor and mentor youth to academic, social and athletic success. The Bloc contributes to the momentum of improving Chicago’s future by attracting youth who are least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs. Since being founded in 2016, the co-ed program has had a 100 percent high school graduation and college acceptance rates, helping hundreds of young people lay the groundwork for a successful future.

The Bloc previously ran its program in school cafeterias and spare classrooms but as the organization grew, they knew they needed a bigger space. They now operate out of a space of their own, in an old church in West Humboldt Park. The church needs numerous capital improvements in order to provide a safe and productive space for The Bloc’s youth. The Bloc’s upgraded space will be used for boxing as well as academic enrichment programs, team building and tutoring.


Multiple capital improvement upgrades have already been completed by Summit Design + Build, including flooring replacements, HVAC repairs, fire alarm upgrades, upgraded Wi-Fi installation, mechanical room work and upgrades to the tutoring room. Forthcoming capital improvements are set to include:

  • Gym Ceiling Removal & Replacement and New Paint on the Walls & Ceiling
  • Kitchen Upgrades with New Appliances, Flooring Replacement, Ceiling Repairs, Millwork Replacement and a Re-designed Layout
  • Numerous Plumbing Repairs
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Exterior Fencing
  • Office Wall Repairs
  • Light Fixture Upgrades
    And Much More!

Summit Design + Build is asking for donations to complete the project. Individuals can donate to the GoFundMe set up by Summit Design + Build, all donations will go directly towards the capital improvement upgrades for The Bloc. In addition to monetary donations, Summit is looking for businesses who are interested in donating time and/or materials to help complete the project. Those interested can reach out to Summit Design + Build directly.

Summit Design + Build Gives Back – The Bloc

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Summit Design + Build Gives Back – The Bloc

Summit Design + Build announces partnership with a local Chicago organization. The Bloc is a non-profit that uses the discipline of boxing to train, tutor and mentor youth to academic, social and athletic success. The organization contributes to the momentum of improving Chicago’s future by attracting youth who are least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs.

The Bloc has recently moved into an old church in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood and the space is in need of numerous capital improvement upgrades. Summit Design + Build is providing construction services free of charge as well as raising money via GoFundMe to complete the upgrades.

Read more at REJournals

Real Estate to the Rescue Golf Outing

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Summit Golfs and Gives Back to the SAVE-A-PET Foundation 

Summit Design + Build was proud to sponsor and attend the 5th Annual Real Estate to the Rescue Golf Outing on September 15th . It was a beautiful day to get out of the office and hit the links for a great cause. Real Estate to the Rescue’s mission is to mobilize the Real Estate community to address the plight of homeless pets and this particular event benefitted the SAVE-A-PET Foundation. The SAVE-A-PET foundation is a non-profit organization and one of the largest no-kill cat and dog rescues in Lake County that operates a full-time adoption center. SAVE-A-PET gives rescued dogs and cats the greatest opportunity for a second chance and they take pride in their “no-kill” mission, thanks to generous donors’ contributions. Over 64,000 dogs and cats have been adopted through SAVE-A-PET thanks to generous organizations like Real Estate to the Rescue.

The day started with scramble-style golf at the Glen Club and ended with dinner, drinks and networking. Adoptable dogs were also at the event for a meet and great! We at Summit love our furry family members and we were happy to give back to an organization that helps to rescue animals in a meaningful way.

If you are interested in adopting a pet or would like to donate to these great organizations, visit Real Estate to the Rescue and SAVE-A-PET’s websites. Stay tuned for more ways that #SummitGivesBack to our community.

Aeron Hockey Tournament

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In February of 2018, Summit Design + Build participated in their first ever Aeron Hockey tournament. Hosted by Interior Investments, the evening of fun and games benefits Special Olympics Illinois. Team Summit Grinders, along with 40 other teams of AEC industry professionals, sponsors, and spectators, helped raise over $60,000.

Habitat for Humanity Team Build Day

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In October 2016, Summit participated in our second Team Build Day with Habitat for Humanity Chicago.

We spent a beautiful Saturday working in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood. We worked with teams and residents on three houses, building and installing stairs, framing walls for garages and first and second floor bathrooms, and installing drywall.

In the months leading up to Build Day, our employees, friends, family, clients and subcontractors helped raise $13,700, surpassing our original goal by 203%.

Jewish Council for Youth Services

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Summit Design + Build is a corporate sponsor of The Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS).

As a ‘Recreation Enthusiast’ sponsor, Summit helps JCYS provide educational and recreational experiences. These programs are available for children and families throughout Chicago. Summit Design + Build also regularly participates in JCYS events including the annual JCYS Gala and Golf Fore! JCYS outing benefiting Camp Red Leaf.

JCYS has provided services at their family centers, summer camps and specialty programs for over 100 years, and Summit Design + Build is proud to be a sponsor for the second consecutive year.

Cara Chicago

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In April 2016, Summit Design + Build put together a team to participate in the 3rd Annual Sterling Bay 5K to 1K in support of Cara Chicago.

About Cara Chicago: Cara, a West Loop-based non-profit, prepares individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Cara has placed over 5,000 Chicagoans into quality jobs which helped them transform their lives, strengthen their communities and forge paths to self-sufficiency.

Feed My Starving Children

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In August 2017, the Summit Design + Build team headed out to Feed My Starving Children’s Schaumburg facility to participate in a meal packing. In just an hour and a half, our team along with other volunteers packed a total of 81 boxes which contained over 17,000 meals, enough to feed 48 kids for a full year. In addition to volunteering our time, Summit employees also helped raise money for Feed My Starving Children prior to the packing.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children through food partners across the globe.

Soles 4 Souls

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Summit gives back to Soles 4 Should charity

For one of our first drives of 2017, Summit Design + Build employees, friends and family collected shoes for Soles4Souls. This non-profit aims to eradicate extreme poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. In one month, our team was able to collect 166 pairs of new and gently used shoes which where then taken to a Soles4Souls drop-off location in Michigan.

Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes to people in 127 countries and all 50 U. S. states.

Sarah’s Circle

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Summit Design + Build is a Sarah’s Circle corporate partner.

Sarah’s Circle is a non-profit with the mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Through our sponsorship, Summit helps provide services and life necessities. These include transportation services, meals and shelter in Sarah’s Circle housing program.

In addition to this, Summit held an in-kind donation drive in December of 2016. We collected high demand items including toiletries and clothing throughout the month. Our team then brought the donations to Sarah’s Circle Daytime Support Center.

As a corporate partner, we also participate in Sarah’s Circle Winter Walk.