School’s out and summer’s here especially down in our Champaign office. With the end of the school year we say goodbye to our two undergraduate interns, Amber and Henry, as they go enjoy their summer vacations. Amber Robbs and Henry Dickson are pursuing their degrees in architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Both ... More
Bailey Edward places an emphasis on the importance of education among its employees through both the design and maintenance of higher education facilities. Last month, Damon Wilson exemplified that BE value by participating as a professional reviewer for a graduate-level architecture design studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ... 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
Bailey Edward had the privilege of working on four different chiller replacement projects in 2016-2017 for the U.S. Geological Service Upper Midwest Environmental Service Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Centers for Animal Health, Veterans Affairs, and the General Services Administration E. Ross Adair Federal Courthouse. Each ... 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
The 2018 Traditional Buildings Conference Series is an interactive symposium centered around the importance of historic preservation. Held in historic venues, the conference series explores techniques, best practices and case studies through tours and presentations given by preservation leaders, such as Bailey Edward’s Robin Whitehurst and Susan ... More
Bailey Edward’s foundation is being a responsive architecture, engineering and construction management firm, and that means we are always looking forward, towards new ideas, concepts and innovation. This past month, Michael Petti and Damon Wilson attended the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) North Central Micro Symposium on ... 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
On March 7th Bailey Edward staff members Kevin Schnebly, Omar Bailey and Zach Clark attended the African American Contractors Association (AACA) 25th Annual Membership and Awards Gala. The AACA is an organization that works to promote and develop African American contractors businesses through workshops on various subjects that provide continuous ... 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
After five exhaustive tests, countless hours of studying and working full time, Bailey Edward is proud to announce that Chris Hainer has passed his final Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to become a licensed architect!
Chris Hainer has been with the firm for six years and is an integral part of the BE team. Chris leads BE’s sustainable ... More
February may be the shortest month, but it’s bringing big changes to Bailey Edward. We are happy to welcome four new people to the Bailey Edward offices this month!
Taylor Henderhan is taking on the role of Administrative Executive Assistant for principals Ellen, Robin and Omar. Originally from Michigan, Taylor moved to Chicago to attend DePaul ... More
The sport of curling is competitive, physical and strategically challenging, often called 'chess on ice.' The curling community is also accepting and close-knit. It is no surprise that the social sport attracts many highly-educated, driven, and creative people, including three members of the Bailey Edward staff: myself, Engineer-in-Training Matt ... More
In 1901, Illinois architectural firm Reeves and Baillie designed the Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Over 115 years later, Bailey Edward has been awarded the project of renovating and repairing the Coliseum to its former glory. The building is constructed of steel, brick and limestone, and features a tiered hip roof with a band of windows for ... 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
Bailey Edward is proud to focus on projects that benefit the social good. It is a fundamental pillar to the company and that commitment extends through all that we do. This past month, Bailey Edward had the opportunity to propose for the YWCA Evanston / North Shore. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, ... More
City Colleges of Chicago’s Malcolm X is beginning the design redevelopment of the West Side Learning Center. Malcolm X is looking to amplify their program by upgrading their classrooms, laboratories and clinical experiences. This will provide students with high quality facilities that will allow for hands-on experience and procedural practice. To ... More
Although only a few weeks ago, the holidays already seem a world away, Bailey Edward (BE) rang in the New Year with fun and family. BE staff took full advantage of their time off for the holidays this year, braving the frigid temperatures of Chicago, scattering across the states and several even ventured farther north!
Susan Turner traveled home ... More
The New Year brings new beginnings and new people to Bailey Edward! The Chicago Office is excited to announce the addition of architectural intern, Christian Hernandez.
Christian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He then moved west to attend the University of Southern California where he graduated in 2011. ... 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
Designated as a Milwaukee City Landmark and a National Register of Historic Places listed building, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is currently receiving extensive restoration work on its strikingly bold, historically unique façade.
The building, constructed from 1892-1899, was built to address ... More
At Bailey Edward we work to streamline the process of building construction to make our clients' lives easier. With every project there are many moving parts and required coordination with various parties of interest. Last month, Associate Principal, Omar Bailey, renewed his self-certification with the City of Chicago during a three-day workshop ... More
Located on a 19-acre parcel of land overlooking Lake Michigan, North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI) is host to a beautiful worship space designed by modernist architect, Minoru Yamasaki. The main building was built in 1964 with a smaller sanctuary added in 1979. Bailey Edward conducted a facilities condition assessment (FCA) to determine long ... More
With the holiday season in full swing, Bailey Edward’s commitment to social good is shining through as the Champaign office traded their office holiday party to give back to the community and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. On Friday December 15th, the Champaign BE team, decked out in their holiday attire, spent the afternoon in charge of one ... More
Cuba, the largest Caribbean island, is a place of contradictions and mystery; beautiful, but dilapidated; vibrant, but struggling; separate, but open. With US travel restrictions in place from 1960 to 2016, Cuba has been mostly off-limits to Americans and still requires special visas to visit. As such, I jumped at the chance to obtain a visa to ... More
Built in 1843, the Lucius and Emily Read house was a focal point for activity in the young community of Byron, Illinois. The home hosted a variety of congregational activities and was a hub for Lucius’ own business endeavors. Known as fierce abolitionists, the Read family provided a safe haven for those on their journey north as part of the ... More
After over seven years of hard work, dedication, and meticulous preparation, Bailey Edward’s efforts at the Kankakee Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Saturday November 4th, just in time for Veteran’s Day.
Hosted in the main hangar, the Black Hawk Helicopters in their new residence ... 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