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As experts in the field of master planning, Bailey Edward understands how our clients’ facilities must be planned to coordinate with and support a development plan that ensures long-term success. Our planning work creates impactful and positive influences for those we serve by transforming previously underutilized and underdeveloped spaces into vibrant hubs of activity. Due to our successful executions that address vision goals, user needs and design constraints, Bailey Edward’s master planning solutions are readily executable by ourselves and other design firms. For example, the University of Illinois at Champaign (UIUC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have already implemented recommendations from our master plans as part of their capital renewal efforts. These include:

UIUC Turner Hall
Originally designed in the 1960s, Turner Hall houses UIUC’s Crop Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Departments which boasts an array of dry and wet laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls and research facilities. However, the building lacked the modern amenities and technology present in 21st century learning environments and needed to be transformed into a vibrant research center in order to attract new students, faculty and donor dollars. Bailey Edward’s master plan evaluated current facility conditions, predicted future student, faculty and administrative growth, established program priorities, improved facility aesthetics and made design recommendations for 187,894 sf. of renovations and a 32,000 sf. addition. The focus was to create more effective active learning environments, opening and modernizing deathly dull corridor spaces, and creating flexible and efficient research spaces. Several elements of our master planning efforts were implemented in the renovation of Turner Hall.

Under the direction of Legat Architects, construction began on the first steps of Bailey Edward’s master plan in May 2017 and will finish in September 2018. Renovation efforts during this phase will completely transform classrooms, laboratories, corridor brightening and student collaboration areas in the north courtyard entry.

UIC Richard J. Daley Library
Having remained relatively unchanged since its construction in the 1960s, UIC’s goal was to transform the Library from a “pass-through” space into the main intellectual and cultural center on campus. The Library needed to provided amenities and spaces that encouraged patrons to linger and interact with others. Multiple types of study and lounge spaces that existed in the Library received several updates to create environments that were more inviting and informal which included the:

Library Oasis : The intent was to create an area for students, faculty, staff and visitors of the Library to interact, study and gather between classes and during extended breaks. Bailey Edward designed this space an emphasis on improving lighting, acoustics and ergonomics in a style that complemented the existing modernist aesthetic. Existing innovative partitions create a division within the main walkway without completely isolating students and staff using the lounge. New lighting and access colors enliven a normally dark area. Due to the location, concrete structure and traffic surrounding the space, an acoustic treatment ceiling was incorporated to minimize noise.

Student Learning Commons: The goal was to create a 24/7 learning commons space for students and faculty to gather and interact with one another. Bailey Edward’s role was to establish how this initial design concept could be achieved by taking into consideration code regulations, constructability and cost savings. Of utmost importance was to maintain a contemporary environment that provided openness and flexible space for students to engage with each other and faculty; to provide additional lecture space; and create various administrative support offices. After the initial designs were developed and submitted to UIC, Woodhouse Tinucci Architects used them as a jumping-off point when executing the project.

Reserve Reading Room : UIC wanted to change the programmatic use of a cold, uninviting space with tile floors and old furniture into a usable space for study, special collections and events. Bailey Edward designed 2,500 sf. that both celebrates the East Campus’ roots and provides current students with the comfortable, quiet study area they desire. Three different types of study areas were developed: individual study tables, space for work groups and a lounge area. The new space is enlivened by natural light, rich colors, carpeting, upholstered furniture and a fireplace. In addition, the flexible design allowed the room to be used for small gatherings of alumni and potential donors. Using Bailey Edward’s design as a blueprint, execution of the renovation project was completed by The Architects Enterprise.

The implementation of our designs creates open, upbeat and functional environments where students and faculty can gather and communicate knowledge. In addition to adding functional gathering spaces, the Library’s wide-range of collections and exhibits can be prominently displayed.

We are excited about the many possible projects that can come to fruition from our master planning results. Current projects “on the boards” include:
Illinois State University (ISU) Milner Library
Built in 1976, Milner Library is a 237,554 sf. six-story mid-century modern building. Milner Library’s functional facility layout does not match current library vision, strategic priorities and current student library needs. The building lacks the necessary flexibility and services required to keep pace with the ever-changing and increasing availability of new publications and to accommodate the constantly changing digital technology and information technology. With Pfeiffer Partners as the library architect, Bailey Edward’s team developed a three-prong approach to the master plan involving visioning, concept development and strategic planning.

The planning team held a series of nine workshops and two public engagements for ISU’s constituents with the aim of fully realizing the needs and aspirations of the study. Workshops covered strategic thinking, user feedback, technology uses, challenges and opportunities with the existing building, current space and library collection utilizations and library-wide goals. ISU’s goals included re-examining its library collections through better organization methods, developing spaces for information usage, creating a new entryway and work/study spaces where students can learn and work together in group environments. The master plan is split into three long-term phases, each with multiple packages, to allow the Library to remain open and for the school to have more control over spending.

Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) Master Plan
With a 90-acre campus, IMSA was looking to develop the available space to fully realize their long-term campus planning goals. Bailey Edward’s study considered the entire existing site and future development that will be required over the next 15 years. Considerations included new student housing, and the exploration and planning for new facilities such as a Professional Field Services building, new student housing units, Technology Training Center, field house and formal entry into the academic building. Also included were expansions of the Innovation Center and the possibilities of leasing land to IMSA’s business partners.