Projects By Service

Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center

Project Summary

The Illinois National Guard needed a Readiness Center to replace two dated facilities. Bailey Edward’s design solution creatively utilizes substantial materials such as metal and brick to provide an architectural character that conveys the strength and trust that defines the National Guard’s mission, while achieving a modern, high-tech military facility. The design was featured in metalmag for its utilization of metal to express a strong visual presence. Extensive government guidelines regarding ceiling heights, roof types, and security measures were methodically incorporated into the design solution. SPiRiT Gold Standard rating, the military’s Sustainable Project Rating Tool prior to USGBC LEED, was achieved and long-term operating cost goals were met. An elaborate sustainability plan involved louvered sunscreens to reduce passive solar heat gain and bio-swales that remove 80% of suspended solids during storm water management.

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Location

Galesburg, Illinois

Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility

Project Summary

The National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Kankakee, Illinois is a center of civic heritage designed to celebrate those who will be using it: the soldier. The facility is designed to attract, retain, and care for over 200 service men and women, providing a bold, fresh, face for the National Guard, and breathing new life into the recruitment process.

The building’s footprint emulates the rotor of the 12 Blackhawk helicopters housed there. A rotor expresses motion, movement and the building’s inherent military identity. The rotating wing concept establishes the three battalions’ areas with a central communal gathering space as an anchor, symbolizing the core coming together as one. The central staircase is a key element whose techno-detailing recalls the helicopter as machine. The gathering spaces build camaraderie among the various troops. Flexible classrooms and conference rooms are used by all units, and with foldable partitions, they can be used for five or 100.

Mirroring a soldier’s camouflage, the main facade blends art and science, reflecting the modern high-tech armed forces. The wall’s visually appealing digital pattern brings daylight into the interior spaces while maximizing winter solar heat gain through carefully placed colored poly-carbonate panels and insulated metal panels. The amount of natural light reduces energy consumption, and windows provide an opportunity to connect users with nature. Each office and open space receives outdoor views, and non-office areas have skylights and windows, improving everyone’s quality of life, productivity, and health. The white interior of the helicopter hangars allows light from windows and skylights to reflect and illuminate the underside of the helicopter to increase visibility.

The facility is designed to provide the versatility for the various needs of those it houses, while bringing the troops together and serving as an inspirational tool for the National Guard.

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Location

Kankakee, Illinois

Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center Renovation

Project Summary

The first known presence of the Illinois National Guard in Urbana was a cavalry which has transitioned over the years to accommodate infantry and deployment staging activities. Bailey Edward is providing architecture and historic preservation services for the renovation of the Urbana Readiness Center built in 1937, under the Federal Works Projects Administration program.

A design charrette was performed to verify program requirements, functionality of the facility and to accelerate the schedule. The scope of work includes a three-story interior addition; ADA and systems updates throughout; and, rehabilitating the exterior of this National Register of Historic Places eligible structure, which involved upgrades to meet Department of Defense Anti-Terrorism Force Protection standards without violating Illinois Historic Preservation Agency standards. The scope of work also provides for space for office, classroom and storage space; additional military and public parking; and, security lighting and fencing. This renovation is designed to achieve LEED Gold.

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Location

Urbana, Illinois

Illinois Army National Guard Readiness Center Addition

Project Summary

A one-story and two-story addition housing an additional 130 soldiers of Forward Support for the Army National Guard was designed within a nine month schedule. Bailey Edward undertook a design charrette to ensure the program and speed the design process. The scope of work includes administrative work areas, training/classrooms and locker rooms. Vehicle parking was also expanded for military and public use.

Sustainability features were determined through the use of daylighting studies and energy modeling which aided in locating solar shades and solar walls, as well as aided in placing solar tubes sizing of windows and quantifying artificial lighting needs. This addition is in the process of achieving LEED Silver Certification.

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Location

Milan, Illinois