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Designated as a Milwaukee City Landmark and a National Register of Historic Places listed building, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is currently receiving extensive restoration work on its strikingly bold, historically unique façade.

The building, constructed from 1892-1899, was built to address the ... More


At Bailey Edward we work to streamline the process of building construction to make our clients' lives easier. With every project there are many moving parts and required coordination with various parties of interest. Last month, Associate Principal, Omar Bailey, renewed his self-certification with the City of Chicago during a three-day workshop with ... More


Located on a 19-acre parcel of land overlooking Lake Michigan, North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI) is host to a beautiful worship space designed by modernist architect, Minoru Yamasaki. The main building was built in 1964 with a smaller sanctuary added in 1979. Bailey Edward conducted a facilities condition assessment (FCA) to determine long and ... More

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With the holiday season in full swing, Bailey Edward’s commitment to social good is shining through as the Champaign office traded their office holiday party to give back to the community and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. On Friday December 15th, the Champaign BE team, decked out in their holiday attire, spent the afternoon in charge of one of ... More


Cuba, the largest Caribbean island, is a place of contradictions and mystery; beautiful, but dilapidated; vibrant, but struggling; separate, but open. With US travel restrictions in place from 1960 to 2016, Cuba has been mostly off-limits to Americans and still requires special visas to visit. As such, I jumped at the chance to obtain a visa to ... More

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Built in 1843, the Lucius and Emily Read house was a focal point for activity in the young community of Byron, Illinois. The home hosted a variety of congregational activities and was a hub for Lucius’ own business endeavors. Known as fierce abolitionists, the Read family provided a safe haven for those on their journey north as part of the ... More

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After over seven years of hard work, dedication, and meticulous preparation, Bailey Edward’s efforts at the Kankakee Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Saturday November 4th, just in time for Veteran’s Day.

Hosted in the main hangar, the Black Hawk Helicopters in their new residence sat ... More

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On November 2, 2017, members of the American Institute of Architects Prairie Chapter and representatives from architecture firms from around the state gathered in Champaign, Illinois to celebrate the 2017 AIA Prairie Design Awards. Firms submitted their best projects for several categories including; adaptive reuse, interior design, sustainable ... More

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In the early 1900s, the West Side of Chicago was densely populated, but only offered two small playgrounds for its residents. The West Park Commission acquired the property from a Catholic Church who had abandoned plans to build a seminary on the land. Columbus Park was the first large park conceived by the commission since 1869.

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As October brings a new season, new projects and new clients, it also brings new faces to Bailey Edward! Each of the three Bailey Edward offices are welcoming new employees this month in various roles and providing a welcome change in each location.

In the Chicago office, we have welcomed Kelly Frank, a new executive administrative assistant. Kelly ... More

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In October, Bailey Edward Managing Principal, Ellen Bailey Dickson will be honored by the Varsity “I” Association of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) when she receives their Varsity “I” Woman of Achievement Award. Newly minted in 2016, the Woman of Achievement Award traces its legacy back to the “I-Man-of-the-Year” award from the ... More


Bailey Edward is always reaching for new heights and that is now a reality, thanks to a recent wave of façade studies Bailey Edward is conducting. Our staff has been, literally, up in the air on bucket lifts, swing stages, and scaffolding performing façade inspections for a variety of clients. According to the Chicago Façade Ordinance, buildings that ... More

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Austin Town Hall, one of six renovation projects the Public Building Commission awarded to Bailey Edward last spring, was originally built in 1870 and is a part of the Austin Town Hall Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Austin, originally a subdivision of Cicero Township, was the center of the township’s ... More

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As the country’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has for over 125 years collected, monitored, analyzed, and provided information pertaining to natural resource conditions, issues, and problems throughout the U.S. To continue their vision of being a world leader in ... More

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On Friday, September 15th, Bailey Edward rang in the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) with a preview of exhibits, industry professionals, and a DJ. CAB hosted the event at the Chicago Cultural Center and invited guests to view the exhibits before the Biennial opened to the public the following morning. After enjoying a drink and ... More


After over four decades of decay and deterioration, one of Gary, Indiana's most iconic buildings is being brought back to life with a fresh new purpose. Although the glory of the City Methodist Church is nearly gone, it is not forgotten as part of Gary's rich historic fabric. Bailey Edward and its team of expert consultants are sowing the seeds for ... More


At Bailey Edward we try to create great spaces for our clients that are interesting, inspiring, and cutting edge. Our social media is no exception to those standards. Bailey Edward launched an Instagram account to let us share what inspires us day-to-day. While Instagram is a platform to showcase our work, it is also a platform that showcases who we ... More



One of the leading Chicagoland Architecture and Engineering Firms, Bailey Edward, is looking for a responsive Electrical Engineer to become a part of a collaborative, high-energy studio where professional growth and client satisfaction are emphasized. The successful Candidate must have a passion ... More

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Bailey Edward began the design for the Kankakee Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (Kankakee RC/AASF) over seven years ago, and on August 1st, those plans were validated as the building passed the Airtightness test. A principle goal of the Kankakee RC/AASF is to provide a state-of-the-art facility that is sustainable and efficient, ... More


For the 8th year in a row, Bailey Edward’s Fox River Grove office opened its doors to the community to host the 11th Annual Pieceful Gathering Quilt Show. Situated next door to Pieceful Gathering, the office provides the perfect setting up to display the quilts and enjoy the free barbeque. Over 200 quilts lined the office’s central atrium, creating a ... More

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Living in Illinois is a commitment: enduring long, cold winter months, choosing sides in baseball, and avoiding ketchup on anything but French fries. The cold lingering through the spring makes the summer months even more precious for the Bailey Edward staff. Their summer was mixed with enjoying the sights and sounds of Illinois and traveling across ... More

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At Bailey Edward, we are always searching for creative, responsive, and outside-the-box design solutions not just for our client’s projects but for ourselves as well. In the last ten years Bailey Edward has changed dramatically, and as our company has grown, so has our main office located at 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2800, Chicago IL. In order to ... More

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With the new school year starting, students need an escape from the stress of moving, school supply shopping, adjusting back to early morning classes and late night study sessions, and the realization that summer is over. On the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, Japan House offers both University students and the broader community the ... More


With an unconventional approach and design, client essential needs are able to be met efficiently and quickly. Through developing his own unconventional approaches, Bailey Edward’s Derar Ibrahim, who recently graduated with a Masters of Architecture at the School of the Art Institute, has been awarded 2nd place in the AIA Chicago’s Award in ... More

Job Shadow Day

Last week, Bailey Edward’s Chicago office welcomed students from Marist High School for a job shadowing day. Both rising seniors, the two young women are interested in pursuing a career in architecture and were looking for guidance on how to start. The students came to Bailey Edward as a part of Marist High School’s Explore Program which creates ... More

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In the June 2017 edition of School Planning & Management, Bailey Edward’s design for the Baker Demonstration School was featured in the Safety and Security section. The article, Changing the ‘Arrival Sequence,’ describes how Bailey Edward worked with Baker to improve their main entrance, lobby, and front office areas to produce a campus welcoming ... More