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Waters Hallway

When Chicago Public Schools in-class sessions begin, the students at Thomas J. Waters Elementary school will be greeted by a bright and beautiful new annex full of classrooms, an art lab, music room, and a media library for hands-on learning focused on nature and creativity.

Despite its location on a small, urban lot in the Ravenswood Gardens ... More


Ladies and gentlemen, kindly silence your mobile devices because the show is about to begin at the University of Illinois’s new Surgical Innovation and Training Laboratory (SITL). This past month, the stage has been set for the world-class laboratory, designed as a convergence of nature and technology to inspire the surgeons and prototype the ... More

Village Farmstand

Despite the pandemic wreaking havoc on businesses in the restaurant and farming industries, Village Farmstand is beating the odds by offering grass-fed beef and locally grown and sourced vegetables in a safe and convenient way for the residents of Evanston and beyond. With the help of Bailey Edward designers to ensure the storefront was ... More

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This month, Waters has been rising. But we aren’t talking about the rain that may have flooded your basement last week. We’re talking about Thomas J. Waters Elementary School, the Chicago Public School focusing its curriculum on providing hands-on, authentic learning in all content areas focused on the development of the whole child, through ... More

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on a promise to tackle homelessness in Chicago. For some, homelessness is a result of the foster system: kids who age out without resources or a support system are often left to live on the streets. Late last month, Mayor Lightfoot joined Covenant House Chicago as they broke ground on a new facility to tackle youth ... More


Many of us figuratively give away our hearts in February, but year-round, Gift of Hope gives out real ones and more for individuals in need. Collecting and distributing vital organs for over 23,000 patients is just the beginning: when Gift of Hope wanted to expand their Chicagoland presence, they included room for Malcolm X Community College and ... More

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After countless trips up and down the nearly 300 stairs of the Illinois State Capitol Dome in Springfield, Bailey Edward and a team of specialists have completed a comprehensive survey using a wide variety of technology to determine not only the current state of the building’s gorgeous dome and tower, but also to recommend what steps should be ... More

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The Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago, home to the Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts among others, was on the brink of losing its cool. One of the existing towers installed in 1991 needed to be replaced and tied to a newer one from 2004 to better fit the building’s expanding needs. Bailey Edward ... More


Most schools and universities are comfortable with active-learning on a small scale of around 24 to 32 students. But keeping class sizes so small is difficult for prerequisite courses required to be taken by most of the student body. In order to increase student success as well as retention rate, the University of Illinois at Chicago, with the ... More

Ala Merit Win

Shortly after receiving his AIA Illinois John Welborn Root award, Damon attended the Association of Licensed Architects Award Dinner. At the reception, Damon had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by other award winners, including Don Erickson Presidential award winner INVISION Architecture from Iowa and emcee Stephen Chung, architect, ... More


Invasive Asian Carp have been wreaking havoc on U.S. waterways for quite a few years now, out-competing native fish and unbalancing the natural ecosystem. To deter these fish from entering larger bodies of water, electric barriers are currently used. But the USGS sought additional deterrents to ensure these fiendish fish wouldn’t travel into the ... More

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At this year’s Illinois State Fair, plenty of prized pigs, pies, and even pickles got blue ribbons. But only one building received a ribbon: the aptly named “Coliseum of Champions.” To kick off this year’s festivities, Governor JB Pritzker and the 4-H students who gave this Bailey Edward renovation its name, cut the ribbon on the recently ... More

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It’s not just beauty pageant contestants who likes to wear sashes; buildings do as well! The swath of thick fabric always looks regal prior to the pageantry of a formal ribbon-cutting celebrating the major milestone of project completion and building occupancy. Bailey Edward staff were lucky enough to participate in two ribbon-cutting ceremonies ... More

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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”— Benjamin Franklin

At BE we take every precaution to make sure that our projects offer clients effective and efficient solutions. Part of that responsibility includes checking that systems are running smoothly before finishing up a project or moving on to ... More

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Spring represents a new beginning as flowers and plants are reborn. This spring, we’re also seeing the success of a new beginning for the Chemistry Annex at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The renovation and restoration of the Chemistry Annex was completed last year and recently has received media attention for the project’s ... More


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 ... More

Squad Ops

Our designs are taking flight at the Air National Guard (ANG) Squadron Operations facility renovation in Belleville, Illinois. The new modern office renovation with all the technical capability required by the ANG is wrapping up as Architect Todd Higginbotham and Construction Manager Kevin Schnebly performed the punch-list walk-through.

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This month, our Senior Engineer, Kent Locke, and designer, Nick Turney, had the opportunity to attend Electronic Theatre Controls’ (ETC) open house for their new addition in Middleton, Wisconsin, and see their shipping container work environment. As part of an integrated building design team with ETC, 1848 Construction, Inc., Air Temperature ... More

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It has been one year since the Kankakee Illinois National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) and Readiness Center opened its doors to the service men and women that inspired its design. We greatly appreciate the work of our staff and consultant team who made this project possible, and we are honored to have created a facility that is both ... More

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As 2018 winds down, Bailey Edward was honored to attend the AIA Prairie Chapter’s Annual Awards Night, hosted at Illinois State University. As the recipient of two awards that night, Kevin Schnebly and Karla Smalley played an active part on the two projects receiving recognition, The Chemistry Annex and the Illinois National Guard Readiness Center ... More

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As architects, it is always exciting to see projects come to fruition. Last month, Bailey Edward had the pleasure to attend the grand openings of not one, but several projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Studies (ACES) campus. The two-day open house offered a chance for the ... More

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To Bailey Edward, education comes in all forms. Our staff has attended great universities and colleges. We’re active at industry conferences, workshops and online webinars. And we look to continuously grow our knowledge base to meet the challenges and ever-changing theories on education environments for all age levels: pre-K to 12, higher ... More

Uiuc Projects

For over 20 years, Bailey Edward has been active on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. With our Champaign office located only ten minutes away, it seems not a week goes by that a BE member isn’t on campus for a project, meeting, or university event. In fact, many of BE’s team members are alumni of either UIUC’s ... More

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On Friday, March 16th Bailey Edward was honored to attend the opening reception for their design of the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) Northwest Wing 5th floor postpartum care rooms. The UIH was looking for a way to attract new patients and create more profitability through a new revenue stream. Therefore, UIH needed new design standards to ... More

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Bailey Edward is featured in The Military Engineer’s spring energy issue! This issue provides articles and projects that serve as examples of leaders in the industry acknowledging, adapting and developing new ways to power our military’s facilities.

The innovative efforts of the BE team are recognized as a prime ... More