Success Stories: Custom Systems Integration

From educational facilities to manufacturing plants, Pentegra Systems, specializing in custom systems integration, is the leading expert in audio, video, data, security and telecommunication convergence.  Explore our success stories to see how we have engineered integrated business communication systems for our clients to increase efficiency and productivity with superior technologies.

Headquartered in Chicago, The PrivateBank & Trust Company has 34 locations in nine states that focus on providing premium financial services. To create, build and preserve wealth, the company requires state-of-the-art communications systems and an experienced technology partner.

Established in 1914, Township High School District 214 has grown to become the second largest high school district in Illinois, incorporating the communities of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and Des Plaines. The combined enrollment in District 214 schools totals to approximately 12,000 students in addition to 180 employees. The governing board of District 214 has made the integration of technology into traditional educational techniques a priority, helping to develop their present reputation as a leader in successfully merging technology with education.

Peerless Industries, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of American-made audio-visual solutions. The company’s innovative product line includes flat panel and projector mounts, wireless technology, motorized mount solutions, cables, kiosks, AV furniture and racks and other accessories. Throughout their 70-year tenure, Peerless has maintained its position at the forefront of the industry, introducing new AV technologies that provide operative solutions to meet the needs of the consumers as well as pro markets.

Benedictine University was founded originally in Chicago in 1887, though has been situated on its present 108-acre campus in the western suburb of Lisle since 1901. In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2000-2010. To meet the demands of a growing student population, the university recognized a need for a new multi-purpose sports complex.

Located 75 miles east of Chicago in New Buffalo, Michigan, Four Winds Casino Resort was the first land-based casino in Southeast Michigan. The entertainment complex is composed of a 130,000 square foot casino, a 165-room suite hotel, six restaurants, entertainment bars and retail shops.  Four Winds Casino Resort draws millions of visitors to the area each year.

Northern Illinois University, established in 1899, is a public research university located in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, with satellite centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. Within the University is the Duke Ellington Ballroom, well known for being the site of the bandleader’s last full concert before his death in 1974. As a tribute to Duke Ellington’s legacy and his fine performances at the University, the ballroom was renamed in his honor in 1980. The ballroom hosts all types of events from career days and conferences to piano recitals and wedding receptions. As the facility went through an extensive cosmetic renovation, Pentegra Systems partnered with the electrical contractor Kelso-Burnett and the acoustics and AV consulting firm Talaske Group to engineer and implement a versatile audio and video presentation system.

The Riverwood Apartment Homes are situated on 23 acres of beautiful wooded terrain adjacent to the Little Calumet River & Tinley Creek Forest Preserve. The complex consists of six large, multi-tenant buildings with the leasing center and office in a separate building. Riverwood management wanted to add a CCTV security camera system that would provide security for residents and protection from vandalism, and turned to Pentegra for its expertise in security installation.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left only five public buildings standing, one of which was the Holy Family Church located on the west side of the city. The church escaped destruction again in 1984 when the Holy Family Preservation Society was established to save the church from the wrecking ball and restore it to its original glory. Holy Family Church was orginally built in 1857 and represents one of the best examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in this country. Its 15,000 square foot interior provides 1,000 seats for services and has a 65 foot ceiling throughout the sanctuary. In 1994 the church opened for its first Sunday Mass in 10 years using a temporary, feedback prone PA system.

The National Hellenic Museum was the first in the country dedicated to the historical achievements and creations of ancient and modern Greeks. The classical ideals of Hellenism involving humanism, reason, the arts, moderation and civic responsibility were at the core of the design and construction of the 40,000 square-foot building hosting everything from exhibition spaces to meeting areas and a library. RTKL, a renowned architecture, engineering and creative services organization, was commissioned to design the AV, data and security technology in addition to the architectural design of the new facility.

Marquardt School District 15 is rapidly growing and changing. Situated in Glendale Heights in DuPage County, Illinois, the District serves four communities and includes approximately 2,700 students in four elementary schools, as well as Marquardt Middle School.

District 15 is a leader in integrating technology and communication systems into learning environments. The District is committed to using technology as an “authentic learning tool” in classrooms. Administrators chose Pentegra Systems as their IBM business partner because of our extensive technology expertise and our consistent record for delivering effective solutions to the District.

Founded in 1947, Golden State Foods has become one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry. In 2014, Golden State Foods opened a new regional headquarters and logistics center in McCook, Illinois, relocating from locations in Lemont and Bolingbrook. This new 152,670 square foot facility is in a well positioned transportation corridor within the west suburbs of Chicago. The new location includes a 17,550 square foot office, a 135,120 square foot warehouse and 52 truck docks as well as a separate on-site maintenance building. Golden State Foods serves over 25,000 restaurants spanning 3 continents. Specializing in the processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce and dairy, Golden State Foods also serves as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State Foods’ customers include McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Nestle, Arby’s and Taco Bell.

GEMS Education is an international education company that has been educating youths since 1959. With schools in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in 2014 GEMS opened their first school in the United States. GEMS World Academy Chicago educates students from Junior Kindergarten to the 12th grade. GEMS’ Chicago location will be split into two schools to house all grades. The first facility, which holds students from Junior Kindergarten to 5th grade, opened Fall 2014 and the second facility will begin construction to open in the near future. This 9 story building in the heart of Chicago’s Lake Shore East neighborhood places students in a prime location surrounded by beautiful parks, museums and government buildings. GEMS World Academy Chicago is an 82,000 square foot building housing classrooms, offices, a library, conference rooms, a robotics lab, cafeteria, indoor gymnasium and a rooftop playground. 

In 1893, The Art Institute moved to its present location at 111 South Michigan Avenue, adorned with its two bronze lions famously guarding the west entrance. Since then, the museum has undergone extensive additions and renovations, the most extensive being the new Modern Wing addition. At 264,000 square feet, the Modern Wing increased the size of The Art Institute by 33% to approximately one million square feet, making it the second largest art museum in the United States.

Founded in 1948, Community Unit School District 300 is located in the Fox River Valley in Chicago’s far northwest suburbs, headquartered in Carpentersville, IL. A constant population growth has expanded D300 by adding more than 20 new schools over the last six decades. Currently, District 300 features 27 total schools including a charter school and spans 118 square miles and 15 surrounding communities such as Pingree Grove and Sleepy Hollow. District 300 offers a dual language program for English and Spanish speakers, an award-winning music program as well as a broad selection of Advance Placement classes. More than 75 teachers employed by the district have received the prestigious National Board Certification. Educating nearly 21,000 students from preschoolers to 12th graders, Community Unit School District 300 is the 6th largest school district in the entire state of Illinois.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and personnel of the Chicago Public Schools system and has been doing so for more than 75 years. In 2014, CTU announced that it would be moving their offices from the Merchandise Mart to a newly renovated three-story, 70,000 square foot facility in the heart of the city’s West Side.

With a rich history dating back to the 1880s, Dekalb Public Library has been the cornerstone of a growing and dynamic community. The library provides easily accessible information and a welcoming environment to all of its patrons with clubs and programs for both children and adults. Dekalb Public Library has been located at 309 Oak Street inside the Haish Memorial Building since 1931. Over the years this facility has had many facelifts and improvements. Beginning in 2007, an addition was approved to expand the library’s physical space from 19,000 to 60,000 square feet.