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Projects | Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse



On March 14th, former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh passed away at the age of 91. Senator Bayh served from 1963 to 1981 and pushed through several pieces of legislation and two constitutional amendments, including securing the right to vote for 18-year-olds. Most notably, Bayh was one of the main authors of Title IX, the landmark legislation that made gender discrimination in schools and colleges illegal and created sports programs for women.

In Indianapolis, Senator Bayh’s namesake federal building and U.S. Courthouse was built in the Beaux Arts style 1905. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and is a prime example of Classic Revival architecture. The ornate limestone façade features columns, balustrades, and other decorative elements.

Through retainers with the General Services Administration, Bailey Edward has completed multiple projects on the historic building to maintain its impressive stature. Bailey Edward was brought on by the GSA to conduct a survey of the façade, which suffered deterioration, cracks and spalling, and to provide repairs for the exterior envelope of the building. As historic preservation experts, the design was sensitive to the historic fabric of the building and restored the façade to its former glory. On the interior, BE completed numerous projects including office build-outs and remodels, a judge’s chambers remodel, and MEP engineering services.

Birch Bayh dedicated his life to public service and, as a company that is devoted to social good, BE honors his contributions to society this month. We are proud to repair and restore the building that stands in his name.