Leopardo Companies, Inc. recently completed a multi-phase project for the Illinois College of Optometry, one of the world’s leading optometric institutions. The 28,000-square-foot interior renovation included modernizing aspects of an existing library and converting administrative space to make room for a new elderly eye care center, which was completed during the second phase.
The library renovations added individual study areas, administrative and academic offices, as well as high-tech conference and student study rooms. The state-of-the-art Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging is a new elderly eye care facility to be used by the Illinois Eye Institute, a non-profit eye clinic that provides eye care, outreach programs and research.
“The Center, located within the Illinois Eye Institute on the ICO campus, will ultimately have four essential functions: to promote optometry students’ and practitioners’ increased knowledge and understanding of the inter-relatedness of aging and vision care; to provide vision care, counseling and support services for older adults and underserved communities in and around Chicago; to develop ongoing relationships with selected geriatric care facilities in the Chicago area for education and patient care services; and to sponsor vision-related geriatric research,” according to the Illinois College of Optometry.
Serving as general contractor, Leopardo worked in collaboration with Chicago-based architect Jensen & Halstead to complete both projects.