Building On Our Expertise
For over 30 years, Pacific has been providing our services throughout the country. From large institutional projects, to specialized healthcare facilities, to retail, restaurants, industrial and multi-family residential, our team of experienced and skilled professionals have completed a wide range of projects.
When you add Pacific to your team, expect strategic problem-solving and straightforward talk. We will turn your project over from top to bottom to hunt opportunities and areas for improvement.
About Our People
This industry is crowded with consultants, magical software and theoretical model after model. Pacific brings more to the table. Our people make all the difference.
Bart Friedman – CEO / Principal
With almost 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry, Bart has been involved in almost every aspect of the business. His broad base of knowledge provides him with the ability to foresee issues and proactively solve problems thus safeguarding projects from complications. As a leader, he is passionate about building a performance-driven, supportive culture while developing meaningful industry-wide relationships.
Stephen Bykowski – COO / Principal
Steve is an experienced construction professional having been involved in retail, industrial, office, and multi-family projects for over 25 years. Steve has a deep understating of all phases of construction. He has successfully lead large project teams from initial concept drawings through final inspections. He has worked on grocery anchored retail centers in the heart of dense urban environments, successfully managing the client, sub-contractors, tenants, the municipality, and members of the community. His past involvement in complicated builds gives him a deep perspective and understanding of construction that provides a safeguard to his clients, assuring them that the project will be delivered on time, within budget, and conforming to the design criteria.
Ike Hong – Chief Strategy Officer
Ike Hong has been a leading construction executive for more than 30 years solving complicated problems for real estate developers, architects and government agencies. His unrivaled cost estimating and project management skill has supported projects like the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, the Sears World Headquarters and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
Ike founded Pacific in 1993 and quickly scaled the firm from his kitchen table to more than 80 employees. Pacific successfully led ground-up and retrofit construction projects throughout the Chicago region—on time and under budget.
Ike continues to play an important role at the company, using his vast knowledge to foresee industry trends, mitigate risk for the company and their clients, and forging new relationships.
In addition to his professional achievements, Ike has held board positions at Asian Human Services, Rush Northshore Hospital and NorthShore University Health System. He currently serves on the boards at The Night Ministry and the Mosaic House Ministry in Chicago.
Ike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering granted by Purdue University in 1986.
Chris Wales – Partner / Vice President
Chris Wales has worked in the construction business for almost two decades—longer if you count his high school breaks surveying and staking projects for a civil engineer. Those experiences motivated his bachelor’s in geography from the University of Kansas, and later spurred his desire to become a general contractor.
Chris is certified OSHA 40 hour, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction on Quality Management, and Environmental Compliance Assessment Training and Tracking Systems (ECATTS).
According to Chris, “Honesty and respect for others can go a long way in this industry,” a thought he carries with him every day to the office. He adds that his favorite part about construction is “being able to see the transformation of a project” from concept to in-the-ground.
Luigi Storino – Partner / Chief Financial Officer
Luigi Storino is a 20-year veteran of the industry. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Illinois and started out his career at Tishman Construction during the tech boom, working on projects for companies like Level 3 Communications and Worldcom. Luigi got his big break early on with a promotion to controller, a challenge he gladly rose to meet. “I am so grateful I was given that opportunity,” Luigi still says. “I would not be where I am currently without that event.”
Chad Sibigtroth – Project Manager
Chad has been in the industry for 15 years, 10 on the architectural side and 5 years on the construction side. He gained early enthusiasm in the industry from his uncle being an architect. Chad began looking at drawings with him over holidays and pursued Architecture because of him. Building a strong architectural background helped him grow in the construction industry. Chad’s certifications include NCARB, CAP Alumni, Design and Construction Network, Lake Zurich Young Professionals.
Vanessa Trench – Senior Project Accountant
Vanessa is the Senior Project Accountant at Pacific. She has 20 years of construction accounting experience. Vanessa is intimately familiar with construction and property accounting and is a valuable resource making certain that all project finances are in order. In her free time, Vanessa volunteers for Palos Stars, a youth football and cheerleading organization.