Franklin Report Report Card for BGD&C Corporation in Chicago
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BGD&C Corporation
875 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1314
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-8300,
Main Contact: Rodger Owen, Charles Grode
Contractors - General

Services & Specialties
High-end design/build and new residential construction

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FR Review:
One-of-a-kind, top-tier, custom single-family homes, primarily in Lincoln Park, is the BGD&C specialty. We are told it is very special. Principals Rodger Owen and Charles Grode expanded to this business on the basis of accolades the firm received for its earlier work on historic renovations and ultra high-end remodeling. Today, it returns to rehab for only projects the partners describe as "exceptionally unique." A design/build firm, BGD&C does complete design, engineering and management of its new-home projects, most of which are traditional in style, although it will develop any style a client desires. Clients turn to BGD&C for homes that complement the architectural integrity of the neighborhood.

Design is what sets BGD&C apart, clients say, while also praising the company's on-the-job workmanship and attention to detail. Owen masterminds the design concepts and is the hands-on manager, while Grode oversees the administrative and business tasks. Both are students of art, classical architecture and design, and they travel to Europe regularly in search of ideas, especially those rendered in the old-world craftsmanship they admire and put into practice.

The BGD&C partners enjoy a reputation as "belt-and-suspender guys" who engineer buildings of unparalleled solidity while also giving each distinctive characteristics. Small details, they believe, add big benefits to the overall value of a home. Their clients agree. References say BGD&C is realistic and honest in its estimates of time and costs. The management is flexible, and keeps clients informed of the job's progress. This firm is considered expensive, but competitive with other area design/build firms that serve this market level.

Representative Client Comments:
"Excellent follow-up." "Easy to talk with. We had a good dialogue." "Recommended to a lot of people."

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