Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Grand Opening of Reed Custer Elementary School

New 105,000 SF Elementary School for Reed Custer CUSD #255

Chicago, IL – November 7, 2017 – Gilbane Building Company is pleased to announce the successful completion of Reed Custer Elementary School in Braidwood, Illinois. 

Reed Custer Community Unit School District #255 held a grand opening for the new elementary school on October 18. Approximately 1,500 parents and community members were in attendance for this monumental event in the school’s history. In attendance from Gilbane Building Company were Douglas Lim, principal in charge and David Norris, project executive, who were heavily involved throughout the project lifecycle and stated, “We were ecstatic to see the kids and community members so excited about their new school, and we are very proud to be a part of its history.”

The new 105,000 SF elementary school serves students in grades pre-K through fifth. The new facility features 30 classrooms, two gymnasiums, full kitchen and cafeteria, a learning resource center, and dedicated spaces for music and art. The building also includes spaces designed as storm shelters for emergency preparedness.

About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 48 office locations around the world. For more information, visit

Gilbane has two permanent offices located in Chicago, as well as an extensive knowledge of the Chicagoland market including construction processes, area subcontractors/suppliers, local M/WBE contractors, and familiarity with Chicago jurisdictional authorities. With 39 years of success in the highly competitive Chicagoland market, Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Chicago construction industry.