Name : James A. Sikich
Industry Type : Related Professions
City & State : Naperville, IL
Job Title Building Industry / CM Consultant
Relocation Preferences : open
Objective : To provide the Client / Employer with the benefit of my experience, knowledge and expertise gained

over 4 decades in Construction Management and Building Industry involvement. This, to assist the

Client / Employer in achieving greater success' on their Project and/or their Organizational Goals overall.

The relationship desired would be mutually beneficial as well as rewarding.
Resume :  

James A. Sikich

Naperville, IL

Recognized as a well-respected leader in the Building industry with over 4 decades of construction experience, knowledge and expertise. Extensive network of key industry relationships which continue to be fostered and maintained in the current position of --- President of the Board of the Chicago Building Congress.



Formulation of Vision, Strategic Planning & Successful Execution

Communication & Team Building 

Pre-construction & Construction Management 

Proficient Negotiation Skills

Led projects with over $1B in revenues

Execution on multiple, large-scale initiatives simultaneously

Led up to 15 direct reports and direct trade labor force of 150 

plus Subcontracting forces

Leadership Profile

Extensive construction management experience and responsibility for numerous large, complex and high-profile commercial construction projects in a variety of market segments including, but not limited to:

Mixed-use Developments




Higher Education Universities & Student Housing

Institutional & Corporate Office


Large-scale Retail

Residential – Mid & High-Rise Multi-Family

Public Venues

*Project highlights below & complete Project Listing available upon request

In addition to Construction Manager / General Contractor (“CM/GC”) project experience, have had significant experience leading and overseeing Concrete operations, corporate trade labor forces, and related equipment division. Oversaw and directed all Union Labor matters for the company for well over a decade.


Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing

Designed by world-renowned Italian Architect Renzo Piano

Preconstruction services assignment with international team on $300M+ project

Collaborative design and constructability workshops managed in Paris, France & London, England

Oversight & analysis of physical mock-up built in Turin, Italy

Led CM team providing constructability analysis, logistical planning, labor requirements and jurisdictional reviews, scheduling, value engineering and estimating services

Museum of Science & Industry, U505 Submarine Underground Pavilion

Facilitated the enclosure and preservation of the historic 700 ton WWII submarine

Built entirely below grade and directly across from Outer Drive of Lake Michigan including Architectural Cast-in-place concrete walls and buttresses, monolithically poured – 40’ high

Millennium Park, Crown Fountain

Unique fountain designed by contemporary Spanish Architect Jaume Plensa

Features 2 twin 50’ Waterfall towers with LED displays projecting images through glass brick surrounds

Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

Highly detailed structure designed by noted German Architect Josef Kleihues

Built within exacting tolerances, with multiple clear-story galleries

300-seat auditorium and a unique facade 

Key Achievements

Leader with vast network in the Building Industry

Key relationships built with all sectors of the industry, including, but not limited to: Ownership, Designers, Consultants, Contractors and Labor leaders 

Developed and led collaborative and productive teams resulting in successful projects

Executed on 7M+ sf totaling over $1B+ in revenues

Proven record of over 500K cy quality Concrete work constructed and placed

Numerous successful, high-profile, well-received projects encompassing a large share of the Company Portfolio

Spearheaded strategic plan and subsequent initiatives for the Chicago Building Congress 

Career History 

Early experience working in the construction trades prior to and between school years as a mason-tender and journeyman Carpenter. Joined W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. (an ENR top 100 CM/GC firm) in March, 1980.  

Growth through hands-on construction knowledge as:

Vice President of Operations & Officer of the Company, 1999-2014

Project Executive, 1998-2014

Project Manager, 1985-1997

Superintendent, 1983-1985  

Project Engineer, 1980-1983

Professional Experience & Business Affiliations

Chicago Building Congress     

President of the Board (2013-Present), Board Member (2012-Present)

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.        

Aforementioned progressive Career experience (1980-2014) 

Builders Association, Labor Committee 

Former Chairman (2009-2010), Member (1999-2014)

Builders Association, Construction Careers Opportunity Program 

Task Force Advisory Member (2005-2008)

Illinois Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Grant Program & Joint Advisory Council

Council Member (2006-2007)

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Apprenticeship & Training Program

Board Trustee (2004-2014)

Construction Employers Association & Chicago – Cook County Building Trades Council

Joint Conference Board Member (1999-2014)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (“LEED”)

Accredited Professional (2008-Present)

Sikich Development Corporation

Principal (1992-1996)

Sikich Construction

Family Business, Journeyman Carpenter (1976-1980)

Carr Bros. Construction

General Laborer & Mason’s Tender (1972-1976)

Notable Publications, Awards & Achievements

Chicago Building Congress – 75Th Diamond Jubilee Yearbook

“Chicago and the Chicago Building Congress” – Article by James A. Sikich (May / 2013)

Chicago Building Congress – The Edifice

“A Word from our President” – Article(s) by James A. Sikich (Quarterly 2013-Present)

Outstanding Project - New Construction Chicago – Merit Award

U-505 Submarine at the Museum of Science & Industry 

Award presented by the Chicago Building Congress (2006)

U-505 The Final Journey by James E. Wise Jr. (2005)

“The New U-505 Experience” 

Outstanding Project of 2004-2005

U-505 Submarine at the Museum of Science & Industry 

Award presented by ASA Chicago (2005)

Better than Perfect - The Making of Chicago’s Millennium Park - by Robert Sharoff (2004)

“Crown Fountain”  

Project of the Year – Site/Landscaping  

Crown Fountain 

Award presented by Midwest Construction (2004)

Museum of Contemporary Art - by Andrea Mesecke & Thorsten Scheer (1996)

“Documentation MCA” 

Dodge Construction News 

“Chicago Architecture – Museum of Contemporary Art” – Article (September / 1995)

Construction Digest 

“Chicago’s New Work of Art” – Article (March / 1995)


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