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Unless 1970’s funk band The Ohio Players is singing “FIRE!” you usually don’t want to hear the word shouted in your building. In 2013, over 1.2 million fires in the United States caused 3,240 deaths, 15,925 injuries, and over $11.5 billion in damage. The danger of fire to people and buildings is one reason we take fire protection design so ... More

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The College of DuPage (COD) has a commitment to community. Not only does the school offer nine associate degrees and more than 170 certificates to over 29,000 students each term, but the school is committed to employing sustainable design practices across all renovation and construction projects across their six locations across DuPage County. ... More

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During September, Bailey Edward was awarded two new General Services Administration (GSA) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts encompassing the Southern Service Center and Chicagoland Regions. We’re honored at the confidence the GSA has placed in us to extend our geographic area of work and further our relationship with the ... More

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Fore!...Bailey Edward team members attended Related Midwest’s and Lend Lease’s Annual Charity Golf Classic on September 15th at the Harborside International Golf Course. The event raises money for three charities: SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, The Children’s Heart Foundation, and Saturday Place.

Bailey Edward is proud of the great social good ... More

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Home is where the heart is. Home Sweet Home. There’s no place like home. Home is an important place, particularly for those without one. This summer, Todd Higginbotham and Sara Gaum, from our Champaign and Chicago offices respectively, volunteered for two organizations focused on providing homes for those in need.

As an architect, Todd has always ... More


The Madison County Historical Society’s mission to preserve the history of Madison County, Illinois by “Opening Doors to Madison County History” was threatened by the deterioration of the Madison County Historical Museum. The museum occupies the historic 1836 John Weir House and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While minor ... More


PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together to share their ideas, work, thoughts and holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in a simple presentation format of 20 images shown for 20 seconds. The goal is to create a fun, fast-paced and concise presentation of interesting and stimulating topics.

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Guiding the future of a community can be challenging. The Village of Glenview approached the 2016 update of their Comprehensive Plan with the forethought to involve both regulatory committees and the general public to preserve and enhance the quality of the Village. Bailey Edward’s Ellen Dickson, FAIA served as the Plan Commission Representative ... More

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Every year Engineering News-Record releases its “Top Lists” to sort through the numerous A/E/C firms in order to bring structure to an expansive and chaotic industry landscape. The rankings, based on annual revenue at home and abroad, are further divided into specific market categories. In our first ever submission, Bailey Edward Design ranked ... More

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Our Fox River Grove office is proud to announce that Nick Turney is now certified in plumbing design by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Nick passed the exam because of his in-depth knowledge of ASPE, Illinois Plumbing Code and International Plumbing Code standards. Nick successfully passed the exam along with only 72 other ... More


They say all good things must come to an end. For the Bailey Edward team, that means finishing up our extensive restoration and renovation work on several historic courthouses for the General Services Administration. During our time working on these projects, Bailey Edward performed exterior condition inspections and restoration in Indianapolis, ... More

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Spanx, The Huffington Post, and Bailey Edward Design. What do these companies have in common? Answer: Creative, insightful women CEOs and featured chapters in Michael Caldwell’s Above and Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Compelling Stories of 25 Women Who Shattered the Barriers to Their Ascension in the World of Business.

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Each Spring, the Illinois General Assembly must pass legislation that provides the Capital Development Board with continued spending authority, referred to as “capital reappropriations,” for ongoing State facility and Higher Education building construction projects. The Capital Development Board provides funding for architecture and engineering ... More

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The leading architecture and design event, the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Convention, took place in Philadelphia, a legendary American city known for attitude, passion, and perspective. The provocative speakers, engaging seminars, and new technology inspired three Bailey Edward staff members in attendance: Ellen Dickson, Susan ... More

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Responding to changing patient population trends, the University of Illinois Hospital’s renovation of twelve patient rooms for post-partum care will provide flexible multiple-acuity uses, enhanced nurse care, family-stay capabilities, and accessibility within a limited existing footprint while also creating appropriate mechanical systems to allow ... More

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On Tuesday, April 19th, Bailey Edward was awarded the Stevenson Hall Conceptual Study by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study will include an examination of the existing building and reports to determine whether it should be remodeled or demolished for a new building. A prototype classroom building will be designed and examined for ... More

Bailey Edward is pleased to welcome two recent additions to our staff: James Auler, AIA and Neil Nigos, Electrical Designer.

James Auler, AIA is a new hire at the Bailey Edward Chicago office. James graduated with his Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. He worked abroad in Prague before returning stateside to ... More

Our Champaign, Illinois’ office is proud to announce that Nick Klever is now a licensed architect in the State of Illinois. Nick, a Minnesota native, has worked with Bailey Edward in both Wisconsin and Illinois since 2012. Nick has handily beat the average time it takes an intern to pass the architectural exams with most architectural interns ... More

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Omar H. Bailey, AIA, LEED AP and Kent W. Locke, Jr., PE, NCEES join founding principals, Ellen Bailey Dickson and Robin E. Whitehurst, in company ownership.

Omar Bailey, AIA of Cary, Illinois. A LEED Certified, licensed architect, Omar has been with Bailey Edward since 2007. Currently managing Bailey Edward’s Chicago office, he provides unique ... More

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Baker Demonstration School is a progressive school, one that does not stop at academics but attends to the whole child. Working with the master planning firm, The Lakota Group, Bailey Edward is leading Baker through the re-imagination of their 1960’s era building, formerly the National College of Education, located in Wilmette, Illinois. This will ... More

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To accommodate growth in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, Bailey Edward recently opened 7,141 sf of flexible, active-learning classrooms and 6,700 sf of office administrative space in Wieboldt Hall, a 1926 Tudor-style building designed by James Gamble Rogers.

To address their wide-ranging programs – undergraduate, ... More

On Saturday, April 16th, the Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter (APT WGLC) will hold their sixth annual symposium. With a theme of “Modern Demands of Historic Structural Systems,” Bailey Edward and our trusted partner, Hanson Professional Services, Inc. will team to present projects from our decade-long partnership ... More

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The word is out. Eleven members of the recently elevated 149 FAIA members hail from Chicago, reinforcing the City’s status as an architectural hub for creative design and technical excellence. Chicago award winners covered all five of the AIA nomination categories. Two winners were from Bailey Edward Design, Inc.: Ellen Bailey Dickson and Susan ... More