BEAR renovated an existing mall hair salon to house the new headquarters for GiGi’s Playhouse Tinley Park. This achievement center provides FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for people with Down syndrome. The new open space design required the removal of walls, flooring, ceilings and MEP equipment/systems. The new center features an accessible training kitchen and utility/laundry room, fall resistant flooring, a specialized performance stage and acoustic sound dampening ceiling and wall panels. By working closely with subcontractors and vendors, BEAR was proud to obtain building materials for free (or at an extremely discounted rate) while staying within the owner’s design intent, which resulted in nearly $100K in savings.