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Great Lakes Builders - Structural Repairs & Alterations Great Lakes Builders, Inc.
870 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Office: (773) 631-7676
e-mail: solutions@greatlakesbuildersinc.com

Carrying on a Family Legacy of Builders

Great Lakes Builders is a family owned and operated company founded by Ben Lewandowski. Ben was a licensed Professional Engineer and established Great Lakes Builders in 1949 as a Contractor to provide construction services throughout the Chicagoland area. Under Ben’s management, Great Lakes Builders built industrial, commercial and residential properties and also specialized in the renovation of existing buildings.
Martin and Michael Lewandowski of Great Lakes Builders

In 1989, Ben’s son Martin took over the responsibilities of President of the company. This transition from father to son did not happen over night. Martin worked under the direction of Ben from an early age learning the various building trades leading to positions in Project and Construction Management. After working for Great Lakes Builders for 22 years, Martin became President of Great Lakes Builders. Martin is still taking the lead in Construction Management for the company and passes on his skills and experience in building by acting as mentor and trainer to Great Lakes Builders' valued employees.

A company operating successfully for over 60 years certainly speaks volumes for its ability to serve its clients well over time. What may be just as telling is the fact that the Lewandowski family’s building legacy dates back well before 1949. The Lewandowski family, including Ben’s father William and uncle Walter brought their building skills, honed in Europe, to the United States in the early 1900’s and began building homes, schools, churches and factories in Chicago neighborhoods such as Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and Park Ridge. Many of the buildings they built then are in use and admired today, including some beautiful churches and schools such as Saint Paul of the Cross and Roosevelt grade school in Park Ridge, IL.
The tradition and life-blood of Great Lakes Builders will live on through the appreciation and respect that the Lewandowski family has for older architecturally significant buildings. Great Lakes Builders' ability to integrate old world craftsmanship with modern building materials and techniques enables Great Lakes Builders to provide their clients with the best of both worlds.
Today, Great Lakes Builders utilizes its years of experience to offer a unique blend of building services that focuses specifically on structural repair, remediation and alteration of residential, commercial and industrial properties called "STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS".

Martin Lewandowski - President and Director of Field OperationsMartin Lewandowski
President and Director of Field Operations

Martin worked for Great Lakes Builders for 22 years prior to becoming President in 1989. Martin has a wide range of experience and expertise in Construction Management ranging from design/build, renovation and structural remediation for commercial, industrial and residential buildings managing projects from initial concept to project completion.

Michael Lewandowski - Director of Business OperationsMichael Lewandowski
Director of Business Operations

Michael joined Great Lakes Builders in 2002. Michael has an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. Over the last 23 years Michael has held positions in Technical Education, Program and Project Management, Business Development and Management Consulting with companies ranging from start-ups to large fortune 500 corporations. Michael has been involved with numerous property renovation projects in the Midwest and west coast and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune highlighting his renovation projects and financing methods.


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"Great Lakes Builders replaced structurally unsound brick foundation walls in our early 1900''s home. They completed the work on schedule and on budget. After the structural work was complete, Great Lakes Builders finished our basement. They were wonderful about helping us..."

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Better Business Bureau

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Rated A+
Great Lakes Builders, Inc., an Accredited BBB company has been rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau under its new Letter-Grade (A+ Thru F) Rating System.

Super Service Award

Great Lakes Builders - Awarded Prestigious Angie's List "Super Service Award" 10 years in a row!                                                                       2016ssa Color2200px

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Recent Projects

  • Concrete Beams and Columns +

    This is where you put the description of the work and the pictures.   Details Steel reinforcement of CMU block Read More
  • Structural Repairs to Warehouse +

    Customer Port of Illinois Location Chicago, IL, Lake Front Problem Steel columns supporting the main beam supporting the roof were damaged. Read More
  • Steel Lintel Replacement +

    Location Chicago, IL   Problem Steel lintels over some of the windows were rusting and delaminating and as a result Read More
  • Installed Emergency Shoring and Repaired Structure +

    Customer Commercial Garage Location Palatine, IL Problem Vehicle struck overhead garage doors and area between doors. Structural Solution Provided temporary emergency Read More
  • Failed Precast Concrete Planking Remediation +

    Customer Strip Mall   Location Rolling Meadows, IL.   Problem Defective and Unsafe Concrete Precast Planking (used for structural floor Read More
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Great Lakes Builders, Inc.
870 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Office: (773) 631-7676
e-mail: solutions@greatlakesbuildersinc.com
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