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
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
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
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
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
In his most recent contribution to Faith & Form, Bailey Edward principal and leader in Faith Environment design, Robin Whitehurst, addresses the need for worship communities to develop a master plan in order to ensure "alignment between the facility and the goals of the ministry." Such a plan informs both growth and maintenance of the physical ... More
“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
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
National recognition and a night out in New York City proved a well-deserved treat for Ellen Dickson, who attended the Engineering News Record (ENR) Award of Excellence Gala. Ellen joined Henry Ryan from The George Sollitt Construction Company and Steve Rhoades of IMEG Corp to celebrate their accomplishments on the Illinois National Guard ... 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
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.
The ... More
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
While our staff is out working with our clients, their inspiring work as architects and engineers has been recognized by the press. In the last month, a couple of our projects and people were called out for their exceptional work!
A few months after the Kankakee Army and Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center reached completion in 2017, we ... More
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
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
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
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
As the summer construction season hits its peak, Bailey Edward and CORE Construction are winding down on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Studies (ACES) campus where the new Integrated Bio-Processing Research Laboratory (IBRL) reached substantial completion.
IBRL will be one of two ... More
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
Back in 2014, Bailey Edward finished our first project with the College of DuPage (COD), the renovation of the Naperville Regional Center. Four years later and BE is still active on the COD campus, revitalizing their facilities and enhancing the design and functionality of their buildings. With this ongoing relationship, BE can create a cohesive, ... More
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
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
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) has spent the 2010’s refocusing their mission from accessible education to “Education that Works,” providing exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for Chicago’s diverse student populations in order to successfully achieve employment and benefit society. After the success of the new building ... More
It’s the post-holiday slump, it’s still cold out and we’d probably all rather be curled up eating dinner by the fire than venture outside. However, Chicago Restaurant week kicks off on Friday, January 26th! What better way to lure someone outside than discounted meals at the hottest restaurants in Chicago? Featured this year as a first-time ... More
In November 2017, Bailey Edward’s Army National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Kankakee, Illinois was completed. The facility’s progressive architecture is an open tribute to the soldiers who use it, but the backbone of the building is its sustainable design. A programming goal from day one was the pursuit of ... More
On November 2, 2017, members of the American Institute of Architects Prairie Chapter and representatives from architecture firms from around the state gathered in Champaign, Illinois to celebrate the 2017 AIA Prairie Design Awards. Firms submitted their best projects for several categories including; adaptive reuse, interior design, sustainable ... More
In the early 1900s, the West Side of Chicago was densely populated, but only offered two small playgrounds for its residents. The West Park Commission acquired the property from a Catholic Church who had abandoned plans to build a seminary on the land. Columbus Park was the first large park conceived by the commission since 1869.
Columbus Park was ... More