Projects By Service

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture Retainer Contract

Project Summary

Bailey Edward provides architectural and engineering services to support major facility renovation projects, repair and maintenance, alteration, and/or new construction projects (including greenhouses, specialized farm buildings and historic buildings) for USDA research laboratory facilities throughout the Midwest Area.
 
Projects vary in scope from roof repairs and environmental analysis to programming of a laboratory, office and greenhouse research facility. Professional services have included architecture, interior design, space planning, programming, cost estimating, design reviews, value management analysis, MEP engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, incinerator design, bio-hazard analysis and construction administration.

Location

Midwest Area

Phoenix Towers

Project Summary

Wanting to raise the standard in the Central Illinois senior housing market, Related Midwest asked Bailey Edward to re-envision the look and feel of the Phoenix Towers complex. The 12-story senior living facility, which houses 158 one-bedroom low-income apartments, received both interior and exterior renovations. Special attention was directed towards the common areas where a new fitness room and computer room were created as part of the contemporary living experience. The group kitchen and community room were re-imagined to create multiple modes of social engagement. Other interior renovations included bathrooms, kitchens, common areas, corridors, as well as converting 30 units to meet accessibility requirements. Exterior renovations included replacing all windows, painting and expanding the exterior in order to provide the residences with a relaxing outdoor oasis. Other work included minor fire alarm systems upgrades, new air handling units and HVAC systems.

Location

Bloomington, Illinois

General Services Administration Retainer Contract

Project Summary

Bailey Edward leads a team of architecture and engineering specialists on an open-end retainer contract for work on General Services Administration (GSA) facilities. Projects vary in size and scope and are presented to the design team on an as-needed basis. The scope of the work includes architectural facility surveys, ADA compliance, health life safety assessments and security design. Retro-commissioning, construction administration, interior design and space planning are also provided. Building types include courthouses and various federal agency office buildings.

Bailey Edward has developed a protocol which provides responsive services to the GSA including the 100% return of proposals within mandated time frames and 100% delivery of construction documents on schedule while coordinating the efforts of numerous consultants located throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana.

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Location

Illinois (Outside Cook County) and 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

White Pines Inn Addition

Project Summary

The current layout of the Inn was inefficient and posed many challenges to its day-to-day operations. One building housed a gift shop, an office space and check-in services for guests with a breezeway connecting these areas to the Inn’s restaurant. There was a lack of space for a number of key functions including entry to the restaurant, waiting area, dining/private dining spaces, and an area for a buffet and bar.

In order to better serve the Inn’s variety of functions which include hosting weddings, banquets and dinner theater performances for its guests and addition that maintains the historic integrity of the building was essential. These designs included a new entry lobby for guests, an expanded dining area that includes a bar and an expanded kitchen for the Inn’s restaurant.

Location

White Pines State Park, Springfield, 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

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

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

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

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

Physicians Immediate Care

Project Summary

Focusing on convenient and accessible healthcare that encourages patient participation in maintaining their own health, Physicians Immediate Care (PIC) uses a retail prototype concept that can easily and readily duplicated for both new outlet buildings and in-line retail renovations. Working with architect Jeffrey A. Myers, Bailey Edward’s engineers set up proto-typical templates alongside cost-saving measures at each of the 10+ project locations that included sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, new water service, and electrical service. Most of the new build-outs were implemented into existing construction, requiring modifications of existing old or new systems, resulting in consistent cost and MEP/FP system implementation from site-to- site.

Location

Illinois

Union Pacific Railroad Proviso Yard Office

Project Summary

Needing a centralized hub to manage multiple railyard activities with ample considerations for several working groups, Bailey Edward and TKDA provided design, bidding and construction administration services for a new 45,000 sf. two-story yard office for Union Pacific. Taking into consideration several working groups, the design divided the building into a first floor for crew/training and a second floor for office groups while providing multiple entry points and security features. Additionally, energy and cost efficient features were implemented in the building’s design by installing a HVAC system designed to meet current LEED standards, arrangements for multiple heating and cooling zones, efficient plumbing fixtures, a back-up generator, site lighting and building signage. The building layout and systems will efficiently support the day-to-day operations and infrastructure to Union Pacific and its employees.

Location

Chicago, Illinois

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

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