For four generations and over 70 years, our family has been expanding on Robert Johnstone’s vision to create fully customized spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful.
With the war over and construction booming, Robert Johnstone obtained his architecture license and opened Robert P. Johnstone Architects in the attic of his home in Oak Park, IL.
Photo: Robert P. Johnstone Architects began in the attic of this Oak Park home.
After 14 years, Robert P. Johnstone Architects had built a recognized name and a well-respected reputation in the Chicagoland area when his son, Charles Johnstone joined the firm.
Photo: Robert P. Johnstone, February 1949
After seven years of working at his father’s firm, Charles set out to expand on his talents and focused on hospital design with a large Chicago architectural firm, Schmidt, Garden, and Erikson Architects.
Photo: Residential building designed by Robert P. Johnstone Architects, 1954. Oak Park, IL.
Having now designed hospitals all across the United States, Charles partners once again with his father and they rebrand themselves Johnstone Contracting, adding general contracting capabilities to their thriving design and architecture practice.
As Robert retires, Charles’ sons—Bob, Steve and Brian—join Johnstone Contracting. The family business continues to build on their world-class reputation for designing, constructing and furnishing architecturally cherished residences and healthcare facilities.
Photo: Residential building designed by Robert P. Johnstone Architects, 1959. Elmhurst, IL.
As the second and third generations expand the business, Johnstone Contracting relocates to a larger facility and begins manufacturing its own brand of millwork for both residential and healthcare clients.
Johnstone Contracting is renamed Millwood Services to better reflect their new manufacturing capabilities.
Photo: Residential building designed by Robert P. Johnstone Architects, 1962. Elmhurst, IL.
Having developed a firm widely recognized for its healthcare design capabilities and its renowned cabinetry brand, Millwood Services continues to grow in healthcare architecture, design and construction management.
Photo: Medical building designed by Robert P. Johnstone Architects, 1965. Elmhurst, IL.
Steve’s sons—Randy, Sam and Bruce—join the firm and become the fourth generation of the Johnstone family at Millwood Services.
Photo: left to right, Sam, Randy and Bruce Johnstone
Offering such expansive services in design, architecture, and construction, the firm rebrands as Apex Design Build as they had grown out of their previous name.
Over 70 years later, Apex Design Build is the only full-service design and construction firm that offers four generations of experience in providing healthcare professionals with innovative, state-of-the-art offices and a seamless and stress-free construction process.
Photo: 2018 Apex Company Picnic
The Apex Team
Luigi F. Randazzo, AIA, NCARB
Director of Architecture
Director of Design
Director of Preconstruction
Director of Construction
Director of Client Services
Michelle Lewis, SHRM-CP
Project Finance Coordinator
To provide exceptional value to our clients by combining design and construction expertise to mitigate risk, save time and cost, and create total accountability.
We’re often asked: What’s the secret to your longevity? The answer is actually quite simple — it’s having a clear set of guiding principles by which we operate. What exactly does that mean?
1. We Care
Take responsibility and be accountable
Make promises and keep them
2. We Are a Team
Where we go, we go together
No egoists and no jerks
Be a giver
3. We live Vigorously
Tenaciously pursue excellence
Some of the industries we serve: dental, dermatology, veterinary, plastic surgery, periodontal, pediatric surgery, orthodontic, oral surgery, modern endodontic.