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Institute of Politics Opens at University of Chicago

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On Monday, April 8th, the staff of Bailey Edward listened as Mr. David Axelrod, Director of The University of Chicago (UC) Institute of Politics, and UC President Mr. Robert Zimmer officially opened the new Institute of Politics located in the recently renovated early 1900’s era four-story mansion at 5707 South Woodlawn in Chicago.

The nonpartisan extracurricular Institute of Politics program was first envisioned by Mr. Axelrod and President Zimmer just two years ago when they identified a need for a program that encourages UC students with a passion for politics and public service. In his address at the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, Mr. Axelrod expressed his appreciation for the speed that enabled this vision to become a reality. President Zimmer echoed Mr. Axelrod’s sentiments and explained that the Institute is meant to be a place where contemporary discussions and diverse point of views converge.

As Architect of Record for the full building renovation to the historic mansion that now serves as the home to the Institute of Politics, it was integral that Bailey Edward’s design solutions not only accommodate reception, offices and group meeting room spaces, but also integrate all necessary technology components essential to the state-of-the-art conference center.

At the ceremony, Institute staff shared with Bailey Edward staff their respect for the overall balance of historic elements and modern touches. Further, the Institute staff find the work spaces to have an open feel with good flow – they also find it hard to remember that their office was once a private residence.

In placing client goals above all else, the Bailey Edward team was able to complete the Institute of Politics renovation in a manner that both Mr. Axelrod and President Zimmer found to have ‘exceeded expectations’.