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University of Illinois at Chicago Richard J. Daley Library Reserve Reading Room

Project Summary

The University wanted to change the programmatic use of the Reserve Reading Room in the Richard J. Daley Library to create a quiet, cozy and comforting space where students could relax. Three different types of study areas were developed by Bailey Edward for this project: individual study tables, space for work groups and a lounge area. In addition, the flexible design allows for the room to be used for small gatherings of alumni and potential donors.

The reconstruction was intended to be funded by four donors; as a result, the donor names were prominently featured in an architecturally dominant area of the space to effectively advertise their sponsorship.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago Richard J. Daley Library Corridor Oasis Renovation

Project Summary

The intent of this project was to create an area, or ‘oasis’, for students, faculty, staff and visitors of the Daley Library to interact, study and gather between classes and during extended breaks. Located within the south lobby, the newly renovated oasis, is a underutilized area transformed by Bailey Edward into a comfortable and supportive learning environment. A unique element of the oasis is the integration of a high-resolution LCD display panel. The display panel digitally exhibits materials from the Library’s special art collections, as well as materials from the donors who funded the project, UIC Provost R. Michael Tanner and Eileen Tanner.

This project was honored by the Association of Licensed Architects with a Silver Award and by the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Interior Architecture Award.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Lincoln Hall Renovation

Project Summary

Lincoln Hall, a century-old icon at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was in serious disrepair. Bailey Edward was appointed co-architect as historic preservationists, construction observers and liaison to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IPHA) and the Capital Development Board (CDB).

A feasibility study assessed both the exterior and interior, defining the scope of work to maintain the historic integrity of the building while significantly upgrading operational efficiencies to attain LEED Platinum certification. Execution of the study involved coordination of consultants to test and analyze materials such as original paint colors, type of plaster and wood species of windows and trim, and identification of cleaning techniques for the masonry and terra cotta. Sustainability objectives also dictated an in-depth window study examining the comparative efficiency of restoring existing windows and replacing them. Commissioned by the CDB and adopted by the IHPA, this study set an industry benchmark.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute of Aviation at Willard Airport

Project Summary

A feasibility study was originally performed to evaluate the condition of the existing terminal building and addition of a concessions area. Bailey Edward’s study recommended the consolidation of various Aviation spaces spread throughout the Willard Airport complex in hangars, office buildings, the old terminal and the old tower. The study’s determination was that a centralization of activities could be handled within the existing structure.

The project evolved into an extensive renovation that included multiple new interior spaces, upgrades to the HVAC and electrical systems and modifications to the building envelope. The interior spaces included new conference rooms; a large meeting room which can be subdivided for student training; a student computer laboratory and lounge; and, administrative offices for instructors and supervisors. Bailey Edward also provided coordination for upgrades to the existing public toilet rooms. The finishes chosen for the project were reviewed for wearability, cleanability and cost effectiveness.

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Location

Savoy, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Atkins Tennis Center Feasibility Study

Project Summary

Bailey Edward worked with the University of Illinois to determine the feasibility of modifications to expand various elements of the Atkins Tennis Center in anticipation of hosting future NCAA national tournaments. The major element addressed involved an additional twelve outdoor tennis courts with permanent stadium-type seating for 2,000+ spectators. As well, UIUC desired additional indoor seating for 300+ spectators.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Bio-Engineering Laboratory Renovation

Project Summary

The Department of Bio-Engineering at this university desired a series of research laboratories in an effort to attract more faculty members. Bailey Edward developed a master plan for the research laboratories that recommended a multi-phase approach based on available funding.

Phase I involved four bio-level wet laboratories with solvent fume safety hoods, vented bio-safety cabinets, an acid fume hood, vacuum pumps, DI-system and an autoclave/dishwashing room located on the main floor of the Digital Computer Laboratory Building. Minor demolition was needed to convert one room into four laboratory rooms.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4H Development Center and Arboretum Gateway Feasibility Study

Project Summary

The State 4-H organization and the University of Illinois’ Arboretum, a department of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, are joining forces. Bailey Edward was charged to create a new multi-purpose facility for these users.

Set near the President’s Lawn on the southwestern edge of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus at the entry to the proposed Heritage Garden, the facility will serve the following functions: as the gateway to the gardens with exhibits on the plantings and alumni involved in both the 4-H and horticultural design; as an educational facility for both 4-H and the Arboretum with a 150-seat capacity Community Hall that can also be subdivided into three smaller classrooms; and as the administrative offices for the State 4-H, the 4-H Foundation and the Arboretum where common spaces such as exhibit areas and conference rooms are shared by all.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

University of Chicago Wieboldt Hall Interior Renovation

Project Summary

Bailey Edward provided design and construction phase services for a 2,700 sq. ft. interior renovation to the third floor of the University of Chicago’s Wieboldt Hall. What was three lecture room spaces has transformed into five offices and three teaching spaces.

The three teaching spaces in the new configuration feature one large lecture space and two smaller lecture spaces. The two smaller lectures spaces are equipped with a modular partition, which transitions the rooms into one large lecture space.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations Conceptualization Study

Project Summary

The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) teaches and conducts research that spans the fields and disciplines of human resource management, industrial relations, economics, psychology, law, sociology, political sciences, history, and American studies. The present classroom
space has only enough room for students to sit at tables, without group breakout space.

To alleviate this space challenge, the new design includes a below grade tiered classroom to accommodate 60 students with the roof used as a commons area. The proposed project also upgrades office space, hallways and entries to the building.

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Location

Champaign, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Newmark Civil Engineering Building Addition

Project Summary

The new 3-story M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center is located at the Northeast corner of the existing Newmark Hall College of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) building. It provides approximately 22,200 gross sq. ft. of interdisciplinary educational area and associated support spaces including, but not limited to, a large lecture hall, several classrooms, student design laboratories and student collaboration spaces as well as a pre-function lounge area all reinforced with audio-visual and technology infrastructure.

This $5.08 million addition enables the CEE to essentially teach all of its undergraduate and graduate courses within the same facility for the first time.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

University of Chicago Axelrod Institute of Politics Office Renovation

Project Summary

The Institute of Politics serves as an outlet to students at the University of Chicago who wish to pursue opportunities and careers in both public and social service. The whole facility upgrade includes a new four-stop elevator, new MEP systems, ADA upgrades, new storage areas and warming kitchen. Accessibility upgrades include a ramp at the front of the building and a stair enclosure at the rear of the building that services all floor levels.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Surgery Brain Laboratory Renovation

Project Summary

The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences charged Bailey Edward with modernizing the interior of a 2,000 sq. ft. wet laboratory used for cell research. The renovated space incorporates new HVAC systems and relocated equipment such as bio safety hoods, minus 80 degree freezers and incubators. New shared spaces in the laboratory have been created for a new glassware washer and sterilizer and ADA accessible washrooms.

Renovations to the existing wet laboratory involved a new laboratory configuration, a tissue culture room, a microscope room, an auto clave / glass wash room, expansion of a faculty office and a multi-purpose room. 

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Medicine Paleontology Research Laboratory Renovation

Project Summary

The Department of Anatomy at the University of Chicago Medicine asked Bailey Edward to reconfigure an existing 1,200 sq. ft. of wet laboratory space into a dry laboratory with support office space and work area to be used for specimen analysis, documentation and archiving for paleontology research.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield Public Safety Building Feasibility Study

Project Summary

The University of Illinois at Springfield charged Bailey Edward with the development of a feasibility study for a new 13.700 sq. ft. Public Safety Building. The study investigated two potential sites for the new facility.

This project included conducting programming interviews, developing design options and review of the potential solutions with designated stakeholders. Along with a preliminary space program, Bailey Edward’s study included conceptual site plans, building schematic floor plans and a preliminary estimate of construction cost.

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Location

Springfield, Illinois

UIUC Integrated Bioprocessing Research Facility

Project Summary

Moving from basic research discoveries to commercial products requires a unique facility where various plant and plant co-products (biomass) can be tested as value-added bioprocessing products. Bailey Edward, in conjunction with CORE Construction, was selected for the design-build of the 40,000 square foot Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) campus. IBRL will be a flexible, plug-and-play pilot plant and analytical laboratory that will bring faculty, students, and private industry together to scale up processes from the lab bench ultimately developing efficient and economical strategies for the production of renewable bio-based products.

An integrated pilot plant, IBRL will provide research space, teaching classrooms, administrative offices, and analysis laboratories. The laboratory will include state-of-the-art pilot plant processing unit operations and include a biotechnology, fermenting, corn milling and soybean processing high bay space with cutting edge equipment. In order to produce next-generation biofuels, the equipment accommodates analysis, deconstruction, fermentation, thermochemical processes, co-product evaluation and optimization of cellulosic material into energy, including biomass pre-treatment skids, one of only two in North America.

IBRL is designed to meet LEED Silver Certification.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center

Project Summary

As a major community college in the Chicago region, the College of DuPage has re-energized their community commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural experiences by revitalizing their main campus with a $346 million investment. With this focus on executing their master plan, the campus became more relevant on multiple levels – interpersonal, academic, civic, cultural and economic. However, the satellite teaching centers, such as the Naperville Center built in 1990, no longer supported the school’s mission, vision and values.

With the limited remainder of the master plan budget, $4.4 million, Bailey Edward was hired to re-envision the Naperville Center to foster a unique learning environment, create community awareness and extend the mission of the main campus. Similar to the College’s mission to provide accessible, affordable and comprehensive education, the resulting design is open and welcoming, yet transformative, advancing educational opportunities and providing desired community resources in a renewed state of the art, energy efficient facility. Using a Construction Management project delivery method, the project was delivered for $3.9 million in 12 months’ time providing new classrooms, biology teaching laboratories, computer laboratories, learning centers, tutoring / testing facilities, administrative and faculty offices, student center (financial and counseling), and student lounge.

Advancing Education: Bailey Edward transformed the interiors with vibrant hues, expanded daylighting and views to the exterior to help increase focus and attention of students often attending classes around difficult work schedules. Throughout the interior space, bright accents of color and glazed openings stimulate creative thinking and draw the eye to multiple spaces from a single vantage point.

Computer-integrated classrooms were developed with centralized podium controls for audio/visual systems and lighting controls to facilitate flexible learning environments. Bailey Edward completely transformed the layout of the first floor to increase natural daylighting and capitalize views of collaborative spaces, student service areas and increased visibility to the learning commons. Throughout the space, the design uses color to highlight diverse learning environments from single user quiet nodes to small group collaborative spaces.

Increasing Energy Efficiency: To overcome the energy inefficiencies of the original 1990’s construction, the new design encapsulates all the exterior walls and structural frame in a new continuous insulating envelope, including a repositioned, cantilevered curtain wall glazing system to prevent thermal bridging to interior conditioned spaces. In addition, a new efficient central mechanical system with digital controls was installed on the roof to replace the existing multi-source system, and upgrades were made to the distributed ventilation elements providing heat at the first floor. These design solutions allowed for increased energy performance and the maximum reuse of existing ductwork while providing for much lower energy consumption. The Naperville Regional Center is LEED Certified.

Improving Community Identity: Prior to the renovation, the Naperville Regional Center lacked presence from the surrounding streets and could have easily been mistaken for a nondescript retail or restaurant building. To make the building recognizable, Bailey Edward manipulated color, materials and lighting to draw attention from 75th street throughout the day and night. A distinctive orange under the façade’s mill aluminum grating glows in the daylight. The subtle moiré effect created by the aluminum façade elements provides movement and interest to passers-by. An oversized College of DuPage logo sign gleams bright white during the day and brightly shines in the evening serving as a beacon for all students earning degrees, advancing their careers or seeking new resources.

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Location

Naperville, Illinois

UIUC Turner Hall Feasibility Study and Classroom Renovation

Project Summary

The feasibility study/ master plan evaluated current facility conditions, predicted future student, faculty and administrative growth, established program priorities, improves facility aesthetics and makes design recommendations for improvements that fit with the vision for Turner Hall. Bailey Edward examined the building structure and infrastructure in a holistic manner; conducted programming interviews with all constituents; interfaced with UIUC schedulers and administration to identify current and future education and research needs; worked with facility engineers and campus Facility and Services staff to identify infrastructure conditions and needs.


Long term priorities with estimated costs and efficient implementation strategies for upgrades, as well as renovations to the building were identified. An extensive renovation and east side expansion is recommended to meet growing student learning needs and facilitate student recruitment. Design involved planning for classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, student and faculty collaboration spaces, and conferencing center.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

Northwestern University Wieboldt Hall

Project Summary

The University needed to accommodate the growth of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) within three existing floors of the 1926 James Gamble Rogers designed building. Not only did the floors require flexible and larger classrooms but also upgraded mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, fire alarm, and tele-data communications systems in order to meet the current education and building code requirements.

Two key design functions need to be implemented when renovating and upgrading the floors. First, the SPS needs to have a large gathering area that can house career expos, fundraising events, over 100 students in lecture style format or convert to three modestly-sized classrooms. Secondly, all classrooms need flexibility to have lecture, seminar and active learning style environments. New upgrades on the 6th and 8th floors were done to support the University administrative staff. An open floor was developed for the 6th floor to create a new flexible and spacious work environment along with new detailing that matched the existing historic woodwork. Additionally, new office finishes and a main elevator lobby with a custom reception desk, student kiosk and wood feature walls were installed on the 8th floor to create an inviting and modern appearance. Notable renovations included replacing all windows with energy efficient substitutes that match the original historic design, installing energy efficient lighting and turning an underused storage room into a unisex bathroom. The renovated three floors provide 11 additional active learning classroom environments with upgraded audio-visual technology, electrical systems, windows, fire suppression and HVAC systems.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

NEIU Microbiology Laboratory Renovations

Project Summary

Under our Science Laboratory Retainer, NEIU requested a new dual purpose bio-safety level 2 laboratory to teach micro-biology, immunology and virology to students with the additional functionality for the space to function as both a faculty research wet lab.

Springing from NEIU’s previous lab renovations, Bailey Edward assessed the laboratory for adjustments to the teaching lab layout for increased research functionality. The new space will function as both labs and instruction for 24 students and one instructor. While some existing equipment including a -80 degree freezer was reused, other equipment was purchased specifically for the new laboratory. The HVAC system upgrades were made to remedy prior problems and to accommodate a new Class II B2 biosafety cabinets with full exhaust to address the dual use for microbiology and chemistry.

The University has experienced significant cost savings by reusing prior equipment, running more efficient systems, and creating additional research swing space. The students benefit from improved instructional technology, audio-visual upgrades, laboratory equipment, and storage for supplies.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago Veterinary Practice Clinic

Project Summary

A teaching clinic was designed to provide students a ‘real-life’ learning environment that showcases medical and business best practices. The clinic provides full treatment and boarding facilities for the treatment of small domestic animals and teaches future veterinarians, both on-site and long-distance, patient care practices such as wellness checks, dental work surgery, and client services. The facility was accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association as a practice operating at the highest standards of excellence in pet care.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Cochrane Woods Arts Center Renovation

Project Summary

The Department of Art History, which is housed in a 1974 Edward Larrabee Barnes designed facility, needed a safe and secure environment for working with archival art documents, convert its media collection from physical to digital formats, and recruit and retain nationally distinguished faculty. Working within a clean, modernist shell, space was maximized throughout to provide five faculty offices with student waiting areas and a contemporary Visual Resources Center. Close attention was paid to the sensitive lighting and sound needs of the workspaces; indirect lighting and adjustable light levels were made available for the media workrooms while sound attenuation was given special attention for office areas. These much needed upgrades provide the once underutilized storage space with state-of-the-art media workspaces that serves faculty with private offices and high quality visual resources to preserve precious art documents.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago Richard J. Daley Library Addition

Project Summary

The University wanted to transform the existing 1960’s era building from a “pass-through” to a building that serves as the intellectual and cultural center of the campus and community. A variety of amenities and spaces such as student study and work areas, exhibits of unique archives and public gathering spaces all will encourage patrons to become engaged and linger in the building. Exploring trends emerging for current and future libraries, the addition re-organizes the libraries collections through high density storage, provides exhibit space for many types of materials related to the campus’s academic interests to be prominently displayed, and a new 200-seat auditorium for public meeting venues and other library/campus events. Such new design elements and layouts will enable the Daley Library to become an environment that enables and inspires students and creates spaces that promote research, learning and collaboration.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

Roosevelt University Biology & Pharmacy Laboratories

Project Summary

Faced with a growing enrollment and an insufficient amount of laboratories, Roosevelt University needed to upgrade its facilities to meet their growing student demand. Additionally, unlike its downtown campus, the University’s Schaumburg location lacked the state-of-the-art technologies, upgrades and facilities it needed to provide its students.

In order to expedite the process, a turn-key approach was employed. Bailey Edward and the University established laboratory needs and agreed upon a firm budget early on in the project. Bailey Edward then worked directly with Scott Laboratory Solutions, a research design and supply company, so layouts and costing for the casework, countertops, sinks and other equipment were quickly laid out. Bailey Edward streamlined planning; incorporating life safety accommodations of safety showers and eye washes, and ensured ADA was accommodated at entrances, sinks, hoods, and other equipment clearances. Even with the quick turn-around for this project, these new facilities transformed dull small classrooms into spacious, bright and accessible teaching and research spaces for both students and faculty.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago Pharmacy Compounding Simulation Laboratory

Project Summary

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy’s 1964 second floor pharmacy laboratory space did not accurately reflect the working environment in which students will serve upon graduation. To provide both sterile and non-sterile training to students, the laboratory needed to operate in two modes.

To maximize the existing space for operational efficiency and student needs, Bailey Edward provided a flexible laboratory space with mobile equipment and furniture. The space build-out created a dedicated corridor and three laboratory spaces interconnected by doors, windows, specimen pass-through interlock cabinets, and simulated magnehelic gauges. The spaces can be transformed from non-sterile to sterile working environments and back through reconfiguration and/or storage of the equipment and furnishings. To guarantee flexibility, all connections to utilities quick-disconnect from the floor. When not in use, equipment and furniture is stored in one of the two storage rooms where it is out of the way and kept in ready-condition. Fixed casework is made to disappear through the use of a retractable cleanable curtain which will visually and functionally partition off the sinks and storage for the sterile mode.

The new flexible laboratory space allows students to experience a real-world sterile and non-sterile simulated laboratory settings. New casework, flooring, ceilings, and lighting reflect the University’s commitment to cutting-edge teaching and excellence in education.

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Location

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Starbucks Coffee Stores

Project Summary

The Illini Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) identified two locations on its campus to put in Starbucks Coffee Stores that would draw together all members of the UIUC community, including students, staff, and visitors. The two locations were within the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB) building and the Illini Union which were not outfitted for restaurant use, requiring Bailey Edward to convert the existing spaces into restaurant compatible areas.


Bailey Edward reviewed existing architectural plans and performed site evaluations to provide the best solutions to accommodate the changes in mechanical and electrical systems needed for a restaurant installation. The Starbucks locations will include full-service kiosks, back-of-house operations, and seating areas. Bailey Edward worked closely with representatives from Starbucks Corporate, the Illini Union, and UIUC’s team to ensure the project would be completed on schedule for the students and meet University and Starbucks standards. 


The addition of these Starbucks Coffee Stores encourages the UIUC community to linger and fosters communication. Furthermore, the efficiently planned stores not only serve as informal work and study locations, but also provide employment opportunities to UIUC students and generate income for the Illini Union.

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Location

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign English Building

Project Summary

The English Building is a revered part of the Main Quad on the University at the Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) campus. Originally built in 1905 with a major addition in 1913, the building’s architectural style is Neo-Classical and Georgian Revival, with decorative features such as a cupola, masonry chimneys, and domes which make the roof far from ordinary. Replaced only once in 1964, the slate roof had fallen into disrepair.

As preservationists, Bailey Edward took great pride in replacing the slate roof and restoring the additional roof elements to their former glory. As facility condition experts, Bailey Edward and their team first evaluated the conditions of the existing structure to develop a scope of work that could meet the University’s tight budget. The team utilized laser scanning technology, infrared thermography and other testing devices to better understand the existing conditions, and help the University phase out the work.

To preserve the integrity of the building, Bailey Edward replaced the slate roof with a new one that matched the color and shingle size of the original. The new roof, while visually identical to the old one, increased energy efficiency and brought the building up to International Energy Code standards, and lowered operating costs for the University. Windows and chimneys were rebuilt and the cupola, wood trim, and wood entablatures were all repaired and repainted.

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Location

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

South Dakota State University Swine Unit

Project Summary

In an effort to address educational, environmental and economic challenges in the pork industry, South Dakota State University (SDSU) looked to Bailey Edward to modernize their swine facilities. The University identified key areas of research related to swine performance and production, and Bailey Edward designed state-of-the-art facilities for current and future pork producers to improve educational standards and practices for the industry.

The facilities include a technical, research facility equipped with a surgery suite, an intensive care unit, and classrooms for educational opportunities. Connected are customized animal barns with farrowing, gestation and breeding components. Each element was designed to maximize animal comfort and minimize animal disturbances while allowing for optimal education and research opportunities.

In addition to providing new buildings that support SDSU’s efforts to modernize and improve swine industry education, Bailey Edward’s design allowed for an enhanced connection to the urban downtown campus by its adjacency to the state fairgrounds. Bailey Edward also designed a visitor center to engage community members with a viewing window, educational displays, and demonstrations. These efforts help expand public outreach by integrating the swine facilities into the community and ultimately demystifying the pork industry.

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Location

South Dakota State University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kenney Gym Locker Room

Project Summary

The University of Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Gymnastics program is located in the Kenney Gymnasium, a National Historic Registered Building, built in 1904. The Division I team needed a locker room remodel alongside their installation of a recessed vault landing pit. UIUC was looking to provide quality facilities that supported the team’s needs and created an atmosphere of school spirit and team pride.

Bailey Edward worked to create a balance between providing a modern interior and remaining respectful to the historic nature of building. A dedicated gymnastics-branded entry gives way to a foyer, team areas, and a formal conference room. The public spaces will be used for alumni visits, and recruiting which feature incorporated super graphics of the alumni, team awards, and university logos and colors. Access to the second floor involved a contemporary staircase and a limited use/limited access elevator.

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Location

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of DuPage HSC Surgical Simulation Lab

Project Summary

In order to better prepare their nursing students for real-life surgical situations, the College of DuPage (COD) needed to expand its existing simulation nursing spaces to meeting growing enrollment. To meet these goals, COD doubled its existing surgical simulation laboratory within its Health and Sciences Center.

Storage and kitchenette areas adjacent to the existing simulation laboratory were transformed by adding simulation tables, simulated surgical lighting, and mobile equipment. Along with the addition of new simulation equipment set-ups, a new storage system was installed to provide immediate access to frequently used supplies and equipment. Within the existing space, dividing walls were removed to make the area more flexible, allowing instructors to more easily supervise and instruct students during class.

The end results are updated teaching and classroom spaces that allow for more students to gain hands-on learning experiences, making them more valuable to their future healthcare employers.

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Location

Glen Ellyn, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Music Hall

Project Summary

To foster an innovative, collaborative environment for their musical students, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign looked to Bailey Edward for help on how to rebrand and modernize the existing Music Hall. Faced with the challenge of remodeling while the building remained open and occupied, Bailey Edward worked to create a space that encouraged collaboration and evoked feelings of calm and creativity, all while updating the building’s safety.

The 1970’s era building needed to be brought up to code, the wayfinding required marking and signage, and fire alarm systems had to be installed. However, Bailey Edward worked to make the necessary safety upgrades as unobtrusive as possible to create a comfortable and inviting space.

  Bailey Edward capitalized on the opportunity to incorporate more natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. Bailey Edward also upgraded the acoustics of the building by adding doors to practice corridors to support an environment conducive to creating music. Cozy seating alcoves allowed the building to become an attraction for musical students and faculty alike as a place to spend time, learn, and collaborate.

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Location

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Chicago Learning Hub

Project Summary

As a leader in diverse education, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) recognizes the benefits small-scale active learning environments have on students’ engagement, academic success, and retention. However, with classroom buildings from the 1960’s they couldn’t bring success to large lecture-style classrooms. When the 1960’s era Stevenson Hall’s deferred maintenance reached over $20 million, UIC engaged Bailey Edward to analyze the classroom needs of the East Campus, perform a facility condition assessment of Stevenson Hall, and test out three locations for a new learning center devoted to active and informal learning.

The first step was to determine the demand for the types and sizes of classrooms. Working with facilities staff and campus schedulers, Bailey Edward developed analytics that examined existing classroom size, availability and class demand. Armed with this data, it was determined that existing classroom stock could be used to satisfy most of the small-to-medium classroom size demand, but new active learning lecture halls for 192 and 288-students would not work in Stevenson Hall or other UIC buildings. Therefore, a new Learning Hub with a state-of-the-art collaborative learning center was designed to showcase UIC’s role as an education pioneer.

Working closely with the Campus Architect, UIC Deans, Directors, professors, and super scholars, Bailey Edward began to host collaborative team meetings to develop classroom environments that would meet the needs of UIC. Furthermore, three workshops were opened to all faculty and students that wanted to voice an opinion and accurately design a building that represents its users.

The new classroom building will progress UIC from rigid auditorium-style seating to an environment that allows for lectures, working groups, and electronic sharing, three innovative lecture halls or ‘hybrid-group-tiered’ classrooms which became the focus of the building’s form and flow. Their textured, curving shape help direct movement to the glass building entries. Smaller active learning classrooms, IT help desk, café and informal learning spaces come together as a rectilinear ‘learning bar’, a geometric counterpoint to the lecture hall’s curves and the dynamic, flowing wood ceiling.

Location

Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Chemistry Annex Building

Project Summary

The Chemistry Annex on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) is a 39.000 SF Art Moderne / Art Deco style building. Built in 1937, the building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is located in a National Register of Historic Places District on UIUC’s campus.

The university wanted to preserve the historic fabric of the building while providing modern amenities and new, state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities. The central stair is an exception to the otherwise utilitarian original interior and as such was considered character defining, for its location in the building, function and prominent location as well as for the use of multi-colored terrazzo, for the treads, risers and wainscot. The stair was constructed of terrazzo over a cast-in-place concrete structure. The terrazzo floor pattern at the landings is a particularly beautiful element of the interior, and characteristic of Art Modern style. The $14 million project began in July, 2013 and was substantially complete in Fall 2016. Renovations included a rehabilitation of the interior, the addition of new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems along with new finishes. A 9,000 square foot addition was included with the renovation which houses an elevator, fire egress stairs, and collaboration spaces.

The exterior of the building was largely intact, and restoration/preservation strategies emphasized to restore the exterior to its original appearance. The exterior wall system is a cavity wall system with face brick and Hadite block backup. Plaster and painted block was the predominate interior finish. The existing wall system had no insulation in the cavity wall or the concrete spandrel panels, an extension of the cast-in place concrete which forms the buildings base. In order to meet the goal of LEED gold for this rehabilitation project, the exterior wall system needed to be thermally upgraded. Careful study and coordination with the interior build-out was required to provide two (2”) inches of open cell urethane insulation at the inside face of the exterior walls. The Chemistry Annex concrete restoration was particularly challenging. The existing exposed concrete was uncoated as it was originally installed, and patching materials needed to match the color and composition of the original material. Testing and analysis during the design phase aided in the selection of a concrete patch method that will provide long term repair of the concrete while maintaining its historic appearance. 

Many investigations were undertaken to better understand the building, such as a laser point cloud scanning to verify the size and detail of the building, which determined the building was foot longer than indicated in the original drawings. A field investigation was conducted of the location of reinforcement in the wall system for identification of localized condition or wall construction failure. Finally, field sampling and laboratory testing of original colors for materials requiring historic matching, including elements such as: windows, doors, trims, cast-in decorative panels, mortar, limestone, terra-cotta and concrete. Additionally, lifts were used to perform field inspections of the material condition of the exterior envelope, windows and roof systems.

The exterior renovations and rehabilitation included work on the exposed cast-in place concrete, spandrels and base, brick masonry (repointing and restoration), and restoration upgrades to existing historic light fixtures, terra-cotta, belt course and cornice. In addition, new aluminum windows were replaced to match the original Art Moderne aluminum windows which had previously been replaced with wood double-hung units.

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Location

Champaign, IL

UIUC Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Plant

Project Summary

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Pilot Plant (FSHN-PP) is an essential learning laboratory/classroom that transforms students into career-prepared professionals. Courses taught in the FSHN-PP cannot be conducted in any other classroom on campus due to the specialized content and equipment required to support focused training. A modernized FSHN-PP offers unique learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art facility that resembles future work environments in industry, academia and government settings.

Notably, this facility supports undergraduate and graduate research training. Annually, approximately 50 students in FSHN, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Microbiology and Chemical Engineering, among other fields, are trained in the FSHN-PP. Collaborations with additional departments and units were previously restricted by the outdated conditions of the facility.

The FSHN-PP contains highly specialized equipment so as to resemble industry work environments of acting food scientists. The laboratory design needed to be flexible to support plug-and-play equipment utilization which allows the equipment location to change within the two-story facility.

As the primary teaching laboratory space for the critical Food Processing II course, FSHN-PP serves approximately 40 students. In addition, the senior capstone food product development course, where students create new products, is undertaken here. This course serves approximately 75 future food science and technology professionals, many of whom become corporate leaders, or may solve the grand challenge of feeding nine billion individuals by the year 2050. In many respects, the FSHN-PP is the Department’s most essential classroom. Students solve real world problems in a modernized facility, creating a transformative learning experience and one that will position University of Illinois graduates ahead of others.

Location

Urbana, Illinois