Projects By Service

The Chapel at Air Force Village

Project Summary

The Chapel at Air Force Village, a community for retired military personnel, symbolically embodies the growth of faith; allows for the varied experiences towards faith; provides intellectual and sensual stimulation to the retirement community; and provides for the safety and comfort of community and religious routine. Designed by Bailey Edward, the form is new, complex, uplifting and revelatory.

Advanced building technology allows a concrete sculptural form to be created that is as complex and varied as the individual’s growth in their faith. Space is captured under the ground–hugging, smooth inclined planes that layer upon each other ultimately supported by the Chancel’s pinnacle form, creating an interior interplay of mass and light. The concrete protects, the glass enlightens and the form is in flight towards faith. This design beautifully maintains the religious routine through its planning, provides an uplifting experience, and honors the majesty of the retirees and their faith.

Location

Bexar County, Texas

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary and Pierce Hall Renovation

Project Summary

The historic church layout was based on two side aisles with no center aisle, because the original order of service had a central pulpit with a single clergy. To address sacraments such as communion and weddings, and to accommodate universal access, Bailey Edward designed a central aisle with ramps up onto the chancel. To address the aging population, the lighting and sound system was upgraded as well. The design created a new gathering space in the back of the nave, which allows the congregation to casually gather at the back of the church. It also gives a more open perception of the church, so that visitors can pass into the back of the church without disturbing services. 

This project was honored by the Association of Licensed Architects with a Gold Award and by the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a Preservation/Restoration award.

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Ismaili Jamatkhana House of Worship Glenview

Project Summary

This Jamatkhana’s design reflects the group’s belief that esoteric knowledge is communicated by the Imam (prayer leader) to the Jamat (community) through numerical symbolism expressed in architecture. The building encompasses a Prayer Hall, Social Lobby, Social Hall and Char Bagh Garden; each of which received special design attention from Bailey Edward.

The Prayer Hall’s wood doors are decorated with stained glass inserts that display the symbolic patterns. The Qibla wall, positioned east towards Mecca, with tall bronze screens over long exterior windows, is flanked by carved wood panels creating a ceremonial backdrop for services. In the Social Lobby, the granite floor features an assembly of heptagons forming the symbol unique to this Jamatkhana. One-of-a-kind tapestry panels decorate the walls and custom bronze-finished lights illuminate the room. The unique heptagon is again reinvented in the design of the fountain within the Char Bagh Garden.

Location

Glenview, Illinois

Our Lady of Guadalupe Diocese

Project Summary

Amidst the trees a place of worship is carved; a clearing of space and light. Marked by the sharp edge of a man-made wall adjacent to the highway and the soft moulding of earth within the site, Bailey Edward has designed a place of introspection and communion for the future Our Lady of Guadalupe diocese.

Leading the way into the Church, the fourteen stations of the cross are made of tree trunks cut down to create the church. Therefore, the beginnings of the land serve as literal as well as spiritual support to the building. Within the worship space, the altar standing on the elevated sanctuary, serves as the main focus “of the sign of Christ himself”. Residing quietly to the side of the worship space, the tabernacle’s power lifts the roof, opening the sky to within, thus creating a deserved place to honor the Lord, present in the sacrement.

Location

Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana

The Compass Church Worship Center

Project Summary

The 1,525-seat worship center addition provides for fellowship gathering space, a central stage, two accessible entry/exits, restrooms and a connecting elevator that provides accessibility to the existing structure. Bailey Edward’s design for the worship center contains countless amenities typically found in a performing arts center such as a catwalk, back stage space, three large viewing screens, fully integrated audio system, and a large stage area equipped with rigging for theatrical performances. The performance space is fully functional for routine and special religious services, yet is adaptable enough to accommodate Christian rock concerts.

The increasing number of events and soaring attendance is proof of the success of the addition’s design. Enhanced spirituality is found in abundance throughout the facility due to the sweep of structural and performance elements that blend in a harmonious way.

Location

Naperville, Illinois

North Shore Baptist Church Renovation

Project Summary

North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago, IL has welcomed individuals from all over the world for the past 100 years. The historic building is home to four multicultural congregations that worship in four different languages. They needed a strategic master plan that would efficiently utilize the current space to accommodate each worship group’s necessities while providing a communal gathering space, and improving overall safety and accessibly.

Master planning began with a code and accessibility and a meeting with each faith group to identify goals and needs options. Projects were phased, space planning and renovations were outlined, and 3D renderings and floor plans were presented along with opinions of probable cost.

Phase I focused on executing necessary life safety code and accessibility upgrades on both the interior and exterior of the building. Phase I also included interior design changes to make the space feel more welcoming, such as the expansion of the narthex / fellowship space to allow congregates to gather after services without disrupting others.

Phase II includes audio and visual improvements throughout the congregation spaces, and a revised pew layout and general renovation of Howell Hall, the dedicated worship space for the Spanish-speaking members of the congregation. The goal of the design is to express the culture of the congregation and bring technological upgrades to support their contemporary-style worship sessions.

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Kenwood United Church of Christ Master Plan

Project Summary

The Kenwood United Church of Christ, established in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and executed by William W. Boyington. Boyington is most well known for building the Chicago Water Tower nearly two decades earlier in 1869.

To address modern needs, Bailey Edward worked with the church to evaluate its spaces to better accommodate worship services, revenue functions, mission work, homeless missions and a medical center. A study was conducted to determine how best to utilize the church’s space, while maintaining the historic integrity of the building.

Bailey Edward examined the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing needs of the structure. This included addressing accessibility and building code compliance; planning to reinstate historic doors and stained-glass windows; and, developing an opinion of probable cost for the work outlined in the study.

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Compass Church Wheaton Lobby

Project Summary

The Compass Church merged with another congregation acquiring the third location in their multi-site church. The Wheaton location was built in the mid-twentieth century with a lobby addition completed in the 1990’s. The lobby was drab with worn finishes and poor lighting.

As one of the most used spaces in the building, the Compass Church wanted to update the lobby to help welcome new and existing parishioners, but had limited resources for any renovations. Bailey Edward decided to employ a phased approach concentrating the limited budget on the lobby to maximize impact to visitors. To connect the space with the other Compass Church locations, Bailey Edward applied the established color palette and furniture, fixtures and equipment guidelines we established in our Interior Master Plan for the Church. The Interior Master Plan allows flexibility to tailor to the existing conditions of each of the Church’s locations.

The lobby transformation helped unify the two congregations as well as welcome new members to the Church. Since the renovation, the congregation has seen new membership grow by 20%.

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Location

Wheaton, Illinois

North Shore Congregation Israel

Project Summary

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 short-term repairs and analyze the state of 20 current building systems.

To complement the FCA study, Bailey Edward developed a master plan with design phasing and estimates so the leaders can begin fundraising and garner a better understanding of congregational interest in improving NSCI. The master plan involves three main elements: the expansion of the Arcade, a new office environment, and two design options for the remodel of Crown Hall.

The Arcade is the product of Yamasaki’s modernist design, creating a stunning entry to the worship facility and a beautiful processional sequence into the sanctuary space. Bailey Edward’s design expands the entry experience to provide more communal space to gather and meet before or after services. The addition will also host a coat check, gift shop, lounge seating and a space to hold smaller events, resulting in a useful and flexible community space.

The incorporation of a new office entrance in the Arcade expansion was the first step in the reorganization of the administrative offices and consolidates the heads of programs, localizing the CEO of Development and the Rabbi. A combination of open office floor plan and all new furnishings will offer a fresh feel for the congregation’s administration.

Crown Hall, a 1979 award-winning addition by Hammond, Beeby and Babka, is an event space for the congregation. Bailey Edward has designed two renovation options for Crown Hall; both designs create open vistas to the lake and provide more versatility for the congregation. Furthermore, the 1980’s style finishes show signs of wear and tear and need an update that is both more modern and efficient. The first option is less intrusive simply adding moveable partitions to use for various programs, offering the large space flexibility for the size of events that are held. The second option is to build an expansion of Crown Hall to increase the occupancy of the area by 50 percent. The expansion would include similar partition features and updates to the finishes.

Location

Glencoe, IL