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

U.S. Department of Agriculture Research and Greenhouse Facility

Project Summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture desired a new research and greenhouse facility to be part of the new Science Quadrangle within the “Old” campus of the University of Toledo. Bailey Edward’s design for the facility includes laboratory, office and conference areas and greenhouse space.

This facility is a Bio-Safety Level 2 laboratory research facility. A demonstration greenhouse and large conference area support the transfer of technology between growers and the general population. The facility will be utilized for on-site, on-farm research in nurseries and greenhouses. In addition, growers will visit the facility for the transfer of research findings, community gatherings and discussions of experiments.

The sustainable design includes elements such as a green roof, solar shading, rainwater re-use and bio-swales. The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

Location

Toledo, Ohio

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Management Research Laboratory Renovations and Animal Holding Facility

Project Summary

Under a retainer contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several projects were administered involving research facilities for the Agricultural Research Service. Bailey Edward assisted with value engineering and design review services for this Nutrient Management Research Laboratory and Animal Holding Facility. Research at these facilities involves a study of the affects of large herd dairy farming on the environment and dairy industry. Design review and value engineering services included recommending initial cost reductions, life cycle cost savings and improved building value.

The Nutrient Management Research Laboratory scope of work includes a Technology Transfer Center Laboratory. The scope of work for the Technology Transfer, Dairy Science Laboratory and Zoonotics Laboratory involves developing a design that meets the needs of the research program.

Location

Marshfield, Wisconsin

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

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School Addition & Renovation

Project Summary

The project plan for Chicago Public Schools’ Thomas J. Waters Elementary School is particularly noteworthy for its sustainability, feasibility and practicability. In response to the school district’s needs, Bailey Edward designed an additional educational space that could be flexibly used as both classroom and recreational space.

Energy-efficient features are fundamental to the original design and therefore attend every aspect of the resulting structure. The one-story addition features low-flow plumbing fixtures, solar panels and a hydronic, radiant-floor system. Landscaping for the school makes use of drought-resistant native plants throughout the premises, including a rooftop garden. Two 540-gallon cisterns filled with rainwater provide irrigation while the storm-water-management system’s bioswales reduce runoff. With all of the conceived green building innovations, the facility is designed to meet LEED Silver Certification.

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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 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 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

Booker T. Washington Elementary School

Project Summary

Booker T. Washington Elementary School is a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy for K-5 students in Champaign. The school’s current design, developed by Bailey Edward in association with Cannon Design, serves 225 students in a two-strand environment (two classrooms per grade level); a future expansion will accommodate a three-strand approach serving 425 students.

The building features a STEM lab where students connect with professionals retained through programs such as I-STEM at the University of Illinois. The central lab is supported with administrative offices for academic coaches and STEM coordinators. Rounding out the design are a reference library and a student commons area.

Images courtesy of Cannon Design.

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Location

Champaign, 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

Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosk Competition

Project Summary

The Vessel is envisioned as an organism for culture, providing an eco-system for unlimited occupants. Just as a hermit crab nestles into its shell, vendors will nestle into the kiosk to take shelter and find their sense of place on the lakefront. At all other times it is an inviting shell to be occupied by all: from families, musicians, yoga classes, dance or theater performances, poetry, and art installations, it becomes an activity generator to enliven the lakefront. As in a reef, the more an element can be adapted for a multitude of nature’s needs, the more it is a part of its ecosystem. The Vessel will be something:

• to inhabit,
• to grow on,
• to provide respite, and
• to frame and celebrate nature’s beauty

Our intent is to have The Vessel echo nature to become a part of nature. With a curving form alluding to sand prints, dunes, waves, and snowdrifts, it is reflective of the forces of nature; they are all forms that recall the influence of something that once was, the tide or a breeze, and now is only the remnant of its presence.

Its flexibility is enhanced by photovoltaic fins that provide natural independence from the electrical grid. It carries its own storage much as a snail carries its home.

The Vessel’s ribbed support system takes its skeletal queues from leaves, ships and shells.

The repetitive structural form twists and turns as you approach, making The Vessel visually kinetic while allowing glimpses through to the water or city.

Our choice of The Vessel’s shell material, hemp resin, stems from a desire to use the region’s rich history of both agriculture and manufacturing alongside a repetitive form that is easily assembled and dis-assembled.

Hemp resin is an advanced material combining rapidly-renewable natural fibers, cultivated in the Great Lakes Basin, and environmentally sustainable resins with manufacturing processes.

The Vessel is formed of bio-composite panels, typically, unwoven Hemp or Kenaf matting infused with BASF Acrudor Resin, a water-based formaldehyde-free binder. Composites made of natural fibers are dimensionally stable, strong, show good fracture behavior, and, yet, are light-weight. This material would be molded in two piece molds based upon a series of typical panels and ribs integrated with structural reinforcing to form the panels.

We propose that this process, from seed to composite panel to assembled structure, would be on display during the Chicago Architecture Biennial to promote advanced sustainability. The Vessel would become a knowledge destination for all learning styles: visual, logical, verbal, physical and aural.

Location

Chicago, IL

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

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

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 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 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

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