Novak Construction Helps Open New By The Hand-Moving Everest Charter School

Austin Neighborhood Showing Big Shoulders with Newest School

Aug 20, 2015, 17:12 ET from Novak Construction

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shepherding school age children is a parent's and a community's greatest challenge. Today signified summer's end and a solid, bright new beginning for these young people of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, one of Chicago's most at-risk areas for its youth.  By the Hand Club for Kids provides a haven with structure, spirituality and scholastics.  Novak Construction is extremely honored to have managed the construction for this special client, its second with them.

Novak Construction's Founder/President, John G. Novak, joined BTH Club for Kids Executive Director, Donnita Travis, and local dignitaries, including Congressman Davis, Ald. Mitts and Ald. Burnett, in celebrating its opening.  "I am delighted to welcome this new school to the Austin community," said John Novak.  "Having an all-encompassing school in this neighborhood is sure to make a positive difference in the lives of Austin's children for years to come.  I am proud to have been here in January for this school's groundbreaking and put my signature on one of these steel beams.  I know that this building will support the learning within its walls and serve as a support system."

This newly constructed BTH-Moving Everest project – built on an accelerated 35-week schedule - is a 52,000SF school/after-school facility designed to serve 540 children, grades K-5.  It also features a multi-purpose gym/cafeteria, 18 classrooms, 3 computer labs, 6 break-out rooms, an Art Room, a Special Education suite and administration spaces.  Novak's Project Team was led by Director, Steve Bykowski, and supported by Byron DeBord (Project Manager), and Joe Salomone, Mark Nickolson (Superintendents) and James Carter (Laborer), along with a host of neighborhood-based subcontractors. 

Novak Construction, founded by John Novak in 1980, is a top tier, nationally-recognized General Contractor and Construction Management firm, and known for its many projects in the retail, industrial, corporate, institutional, healthcare, hospitality, and multi-family sectors.  Connect with Novak on Facebook at and on Twitter @NovakCC.



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