Projects By Service

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

Freestar Bank

Project Summary

Freestar Bank’s mission is to provide knowledgeable, reliable financial services in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Important to the image and reputation of Freestar Bank is the design goal posed to Bailey Edward that each of their branch locations portray a sense of stability and steadfastness.

Branch amenities teller service counters, offices and support spaces, a large central lobby, a conference room, and three lanes of drive-up service stations located under a canopy. The entry tower element was chosen for its recognized qualities of providing strategic positioning and far-reaching observation for the security of those under its protection. The use of brick on the exterior further reinforces FREESTAR’s brand identity echoing characteristics such as strength and durability.

Location

Urbana-Champaign, 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

General Services Administration Judge’s Chamber Renovation Indianapolis

Project Summary

The existing chamber space was previously built out in the 1980’s. The client expressed to Bailey Edward that the jury room was found to be too small and the bathrooms were not accessible. In addition, the overall space planning did not utilize the space effectively. Bailey Edward proposed a design that increases the size of the Judge’s Chamber and Jury Room by taking out the conference room. A new conference room will be created in an area of the suite which is currently underutilized.

Additional coordination was provided to ensure that all changes to the building respond to the ARRA project concurrently underway for the building and for proper abatement and mitigation of existing asbestos containing materials and lead based paint.

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Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

L’90 Office Renovation

Project Summary

The client expressed to Bailey Edward their need to achieve an appealing avant-garde look and provide a flexible environment. A solution was developed with no permanent walls except for in the reception area, conferencing spaces and manager offices.

Interior renovation of this space is within an early 1900’s hi-rise loft building with concrete frame construction. Bailey Edward performed in-depth interviews with staff, management and department heads to determine the physical, as well as tangible needs of three departments. A site survey, along with feasibility and space planning, informed requirements for modifications to the ceilings, walls, finishes and furniture. This project was honored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Award of Merit in the Interior Design category.

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Peoples Bank

Project Summary

Peoples Bank is a cross-marketing facility that increases traffic for banking operations by providing “destination” products and services through retail establishments such as a cafe and a dry-cleaners. To support the overall concept and appeal to the target market, Bailey Edward’s design solution establishes a contemporary look on the exterior and interior. The main entry leads straight into the “community” area between the retailers and the bank. In contrast to the traditional colors typically seen in the banking community, the blue scheme with olive, yellow, and natural birch accents gives the entire concept a contemporary and “hip” feel while mahogany stained contemporary furniture provides classic elegance to the overall look. The convenient and comfortable lounge area encourages customers to linger.

This project was honored with a Silver Award from the Association of Licensed Architects and received the Best Collaboration Award from Independent Bankers Magazine.

Location

Downs, Illinois

General Services Administration Judge's Chamber Renovation Bloomington

Project Summary

The challenge in this project was to create an appropriate Judge’s Chamber space from a former court room, storage space and computer lab. Bailey Edward met with GSA officials and U.S. Court of Appeals representatives to establish the project needs and renovation requirements.

Investigations included review of exiting and path of travel requirements to ensure they met code requirements; as well as review of the building systems and structures. Obscured textured glass windows and doors were designed for the offices to give a sense of space to the corridor and offices. Existing barristers’ bookcases were refinished and used to create additional book storage in the corridor.

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Location

Bloomington, Indiana

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

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

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

Argonne National Laboratory Retainer Contract

Project Summary

Bailey Edward leads a multi-disciplinary team providing design service support to the Infrastructure Management Program at Argonne National Laboratory. Through the execution of various campus updates, Bailey Edward is able to assist in the positioning of Argonne National Laboratory as an engaging, modern environment desirable to leading scientists and researchers.

Location

Lemont, 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

Bottenfield Elementary School

Project Summary

The $6.3 million expansion and renovation project finished in summer 2015. The expansion includes new construction of 16,000 square feet featuring a gymnasium and additional classroom space, along with the original 33,000 square feet undergoing extensive renovations.
Features of the renovated and expanded Bottenfield include a separate gym and cafeteria with operable dividing partition, a new secured front entrance, updated technology infrastructure, and expanded parking. The library and classrooms received extensive updates, in addition to updated thermal windows.

The renovation brightens up the learning environment adding new vibrance and life to the school. With the addition of a new larger gymnasium, the library was able to relocate into the old gym space providing a new double height space and abundant natural light for this essential space. The design of a full height operable partition between the gymnasium and cafeteria allows for much needed flexibility throughout the day and the ability to open up the entire space for large events.

The Bottenfield Elementary renovation was complex due to two additions constructed to improve access, function and traffic. An academic wing provides classroom space and room for special instruction.

As Associate Architect, Bailey Edward led the efforts from design development through construction observation, while Cannon Design led programming and schematic design services for this project.

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Location

Champaign, IL

Carrie Busey Elementary School

Project Summary

The new 63,000 square foot Carrie Busey Elementary School is a colorful education environment that is home to the Champaign School District’s hearing-impaired programs. As Associate Architect working with the Design Architect, Cannon Design, the team co-created a design which addresses the hearing-impaired program by focusing on functionality and flexibility that creates minimal disruptions and distractions through the use of well balanced color, natural day light and transparency.


Designed in clusters, Bailey Edward oversaw construction of the learning spaces which now give students and staff the ability to adapt to different learning and teaching styles. The learning environments are designed to offer space for individual or group work. Classrooms are equipped with ample technology, access to the outdoors and other resources valuable to the student population.


Special attention was given to unique planning, materials, and technology challenges to minimize noise, disruption, and distraction. With Carrie Busey’s large program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, carpeting is utilized to dampen background noise and improve acoustics.

This school was honored with a Citation of Excellence Award from Learning
by Design and LEED Gold certification.

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Location

Savoy, IL

Baker Demonstration School

Project Summary

Baker Demonstration School is a progressive school, one that does not stop at academics but attends to the whole child. Working with the master planning firm, The Lakota Group, Bailey Edward is leading Baker through the re-imagination of their 1960’s era building, formerly the National College of Education, located in Wilmette, Illinois. This will be the first time that Baker has been able to change their environment to reflect who they are and their unique progressive educational mind frame. Creating a holistic learning environment that starts with Lakota’s nature-first master plan and continues through the arrival sequence and into the building, there will be an emphasis on creating community and experiences for real-life learning for students and parents.

Functionally, Baker’s current main entrance lacks a strong presence and is inadequate to meet modern security standards. Once securely inside, the lobby, parent and administrative areas need to look, feel and act as the primary place for the Baker community - parents, students and staff - to commingle and interact as one.

Bailey Edward examined multiple solutions to provide a secure and welcoming environment for the main entrance, lobby, front office areas, campus welcoming area and Baker Parent Organization area. Branded exterior canopies direct the eye to the main entry, a secure vestibule with monitored electronic security systems, whose openness provides direct staff sightlines to the entry and draws people into the ‘living room’ of Baker School. The reconfigured interior centralizes all administrative functions, increases the visibility of the Baker Parent Organization by bringing them to the front of the school and encourages all of the school – adults and children - to meet, interact and hang out with each other in a relaxed communal environment.

Bailey Edward’s imaginative design and professional renderings prompted a quick and generous donation to realize the new vision for Baker Demonstration School. Bailey Edward is currently working to phase the construction to coincide with the school’s celebration of both its 100th year as an institution (founded in 1918) and its 10th year as an independent organization (2006).

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Location

Wilmette, 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

Argonne Building 203 Auditorium Renovations

Project Summary

The original auditorium and reception areas contained worn out finishes, flooring, seating arrangements and lighting fixtures which made them aesthetically unpleasing, unstimulating and outdated. In order to rejuvenate these spaces, new lighting, ceiling finishes, wall finishes, floor finishes, and acoustic panels were installed to bring the previously dingy and bland areas a fresh clean appearance. With these updates, the spaces provide a stimulating and lively environment for learning and discussion.

Location

Lemont, 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

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

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

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 Hospital Postpartum Rooms and Nurses' Station

Project Summary

Stereotypical imagery of hospitals usually brings to mind bleak, sterile interiors and cramped rooms with insufficient amenities. However, rapid technological advances, increases in the number of services that are to be provided, and a shift towards increased patient comfort are changing the dynamics of how hospitals appear and operate. At the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH), the 5th floor hosts pediatrics while the 4th floor is reserved for labor and delivery. In order to respond to changing patient needs, UIH expanded their offerings for postpartum care with the addition of a postpartum unit on the 5th floor. The expansion of the postpartum service line onto the pediatric floor provides a unique function independent of its surroundings. The unit will be a self-sufficient postpartum island.

The existing footprint of a pediatric room is smaller than the typical postpartum care rooms. Bailey Edward had to design a unique configuration of the room’s amenities to accommodate the needs of the patient, baby, overnight visitors, and any clinical support staff. Each patient room is planned in three distinct accessible and functional zones: a nursing/service zone, a patient/baby zone and an adjacent family zone. An overnight sleeping area with a convertible sleeping chair allows visitors to comfortably spend time with and support the mother. The renovated bathroom, wardrobe and desk are all configured to maximize space for mother and guest comfort.

To speed delivery of care, nurse-servers – linens, nurse storage, sink and charting computer- are located within the room. The wall-mounted location of the computerized patient charting reduces the charting time, opens up floor space, and allows the nurse the opportunity to maintain eye contact with the patient. Not only does in-room nursing equipment increase the speed of care, it helps foster a connection between the clinical staff and the patient and increases privacy for the patient in a bustling, urban hospital.

After a series of studies and evaluations, the finishes chosen for the rooms were clean and contemporary, mirroring the hospital’s urban location while creating a softer, home-like feel. A hospitality-like color palette with LED lighting was chosen, as well as vinyl flooring that has a natural, woven textile look through it to bring an appealing natural aesthetic to the hospital.
The new postpartum unit will efficiently and independently provide resources to the nursing staff, create important connections between patient and nurse, and provide the comfort to fully support the mother and baby.

Location

University of Illinois at Chicago