Uncle Julio’s Hacienda

Client

Uncle Julio's Corporation

Architect

McCarthy Hammers Architects

Role

General Contractor

ICI constructed this 9,750 SF restaurant, the second Uncle Julio’s Restaurant to be built with newly refined prototype designs, in the Fountain Square of Lombard.

Because the Owner and Architect were both based out of Texas, ICI’s web-based project management system Prolog was used extensively as an effective method of collaboration during this project. The Daily Work Journal, frequently updated site pictures and up to the minute weather reports proved to be critical in keeping the team in touch with the project’s progress.

Most of the work was completed during the winter months. In order to ensure an on-time completion, all site work (including the foundation which required both caissons and a reinforced slab) and the asphalt binder placement was completed in less than 8 weeks. Winter protection and temporary heat were provided to keep the progress on- track.

The building’s exterior and interior finishes have been “distressed” to convey an aged appearance and the feeling of a Mexican cantina. This was achieved through the use of aged wood products, faux painting and recycled building materials. ICI was later commissioned to remodel the restaurant, integrating additional Uncle Julio features.