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
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
As October brings a new season, new projects and new clients, it also brings new faces to Bailey Edward! Each of the three Bailey Edward offices are welcoming new employees this month in various roles and providing a welcome change in each location.
In the Chicago office, we have welcomed Kelly Frank, a new executive administrative assistant. ... More
In October, Bailey Edward Managing Principal, Ellen Bailey Dickson will be honored by the Varsity “I” Association of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) when she receives their Varsity “I” Woman of Achievement Award. Newly minted in 2016, the Woman of Achievement Award traces its legacy back to the “I-Man-of-the-Year” award from ... More
Bailey Edward is always reaching for new heights and that is now a reality, thanks to a recent wave of façade studies Bailey Edward is conducting. Our staff has been, literally, up in the air on bucket lifts, swing stages, and scaffolding performing façade inspections for a variety of clients. According to the Chicago Façade Ordinance, buildings ... More
Austin Town Hall, one of six renovation projects the Public Building Commission awarded to Bailey Edward last spring, was originally built in 1870 and is a part of the Austin Town Hall Park Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Austin, originally a subdivision of Cicero Township, was the center of the township’s ... More
As the country’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has for over 125 years collected, monitored, analyzed, and provided information pertaining to natural resource conditions, issues, and problems throughout the U.S. To continue their vision of being a world leader in ... More
This November, preservationists from around the country will gather in Chicago for Past Forward, the National Preservation Conference, held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Landmarks Illinois. The conference begins November 14th at the Palmer House Hilton and runs through the 17th , hosting a series of speaking ... More
The mission of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) it to reignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition, through a system distinguished by profound questions, collaborative relationships, personalized experiential learning, global networking, generative use of technology and pioneering outreach; ... More
On Friday, September 15th, Bailey Edward rang in the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) with a preview of exhibits, industry professionals, and a DJ. CAB hosted the event at the Chicago Cultural Center and invited guests to view the exhibits before the Biennial opened to the public the following morning. After enjoying a drink and ... More
After over four decades of decay and deterioration, one of Gary, Indiana's most iconic buildings is being brought back to life with a fresh new purpose. Although the glory of the City Methodist Church is nearly gone, it is not forgotten as part of Gary's rich historic fabric. Bailey Edward and its team of expert consultants are sowing the seeds ... More
At Bailey Edward we try to create great spaces for our clients that are interesting, inspiring, and cutting edge. Our social media is no exception to those standards. Bailey Edward launched an Instagram account to let us share what inspires us day-to-day. While Instagram is a platform to showcase our work, it is also a platform that showcases who ... More
Bailey Edward is excited to share their expertise in historic preservation and laboratory planning to colleagues throughout North America this October. Robin Whitehurst and Susan Turner will each be presenting at the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) conference in Ottawa, Canada. The conference will host architects, ... More
POSITION: ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
One of the leading Chicagoland Architecture and Engineering Firms, Bailey Edward, is looking for a responsive Electrical Engineer to become a part of a collaborative, high-energy studio where professional growth and client satisfaction are emphasized. The successful Candidate must have a passion ... More
Bailey Edward began the design for the Kankakee Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (Kankakee RC/AASF) over seven years ago, and on August 1st, those plans were validated as the building passed the Airtightness test. A principle goal of the Kankakee RC/AASF is to provide a state-of-the-art facility that is sustainable and ... More