About Us

We will help you:

  • Eliminate overspending on life safety code compliance
  • Resolve difficult or nagging problems related to your district’s buildings and grounds
  • Understand the regulations, and comply with them in a cost-effective manner
  • Save money on utilities and waste disposal
  • Represent your interests during building design and construction
  • Get more work done within your construction budget
  • Eliminate or reduce costly construction change orders
  • Improve the quality and reduce the cost of custodial maintenance and grounds work
  • Perform an energy audit to identify inefficiencies and produce significant savings
  • Apply for energy and maintenance grants
  • Review utility bills and correct billing
  • Reduce the cost of waste removal by as much as 50%
  • Report to the board of education on achievements and ongoing activities


School Facilities Group (SFG) is an independent school facilities consulting firm led by Seymour Schwartz. SFG can offer your district a unique combination of school facilities management, construction advice, and architectural expertise. Our focus is on reducing the cost of school operations, maintenance and improvements. Seymour’s unmatched perspective and problem-solving insights are based on his long career as the director of buildings and grounds and the staff architect at one of Illinois’ largest school districts. SFG has successfully offered its services to school districts since 2010. You can work with SFG on a multiyear schedule to manage major improvements or on a short-term, as-needed basis to solve a specific problem.

SFG’s services are cost-effective; our fees are significantly lower than those of architectural and engineering firms. Mr. Schwartz provides personal attention in all matters.


“His strong knowledge base and wealth of experience have saved our district tens of thousands of dollars in a very short time.  His involvement in our district has been invaluable as we established more efficient, cost effective and timely solutions to enhance the mechanical systems and their productivity.”

—Dr.  Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Superintendent,
Harrison School District 36



2010 – Present
School Facilities Group, Evanston, IL.

Comprehensive consulting for school facilities management

1986 – 2010
Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL.
District Architect and Director of Buildings and Grounds.

1985 – 1986
Green and Associates Architects, Evanston, IL. Architect

1980 – 1985
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Architect


University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.
Professional Degree in Architecture, with Honors and Distinction

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors


• Licensed Illinois Architect
• Licensed Asbestos Project Designer
• US Green Building Council
• International Code Council