Projects By Service

Phoenix Towers

Project Summary

Wanting to raise the standard in the Central Illinois senior housing market, Related Midwest asked Bailey Edward to re-envision the look and feel of the Phoenix Towers complex. The 12-story senior living facility, which houses 158 one-bedroom low-income apartments, received both interior and exterior renovations. Special attention was directed towards the common areas where a new fitness room and computer room were created as part of the contemporary living experience. The group kitchen and community room were re-imagined to create multiple modes of social engagement. Other interior renovations included bathrooms, kitchens, common areas, corridors, as well as converting 30 units to meet accessibility requirements. Exterior renovations included replacing all windows, painting and expanding the exterior in order to provide the residences with a relaxing outdoor oasis. Other work included minor fire alarm systems upgrades, new air handling units and HVAC systems.


Bloomington, Illinois

Station Crossing

Project Summary

Located on a bustling site across from a local commuter train, the aptly named Station Crossing hosts 55 condominium units, 12,000 SF of retail space and parking for 120 vehicles. The existing property was sloped, creating the need for a unique design solution for the site.

The retail was strategically placed on the south side (high side of the site) across from the train station for visibility and increased store traffic, whereas the residential entrance was placed on the north side, which was the more serene part of the site. The site slope was also optimized so all the parking could be accommodated underground, without exposing an exterior wall on the retail side of the building. A small plaza was incorporated into the retail design across from an historic theater in the downtown.

The building design provides a community presence in the downtown, adjacent to the commuter train station. The separation of uses works well as it incorporates an entire city block. The retail is active, and with the parking mostly below grade, the plaza remains more pedestrian friendly. Station Crossing has become a community staple that benefits those passing through and its residents alike.


Downers Grove, Illinois

Seven Bridges

Project Summary

The existing property of Seven Bridges overlooks its namesake golf course in the Chicago suburbs. In order to maximize the number of units that had golf course views, a unique curved plan on the west facade was designed, allowing 10 of the 14 units on a typical floor to look out over the course with private balconies and experience park-like views.

To disguise the parking lot and maintain the landscape of the site, the parking is enclosed on the first two floors with the entrances placed out of view from the front of the building. The solid base was articulated with a polychromatic masonry design that complements the retail property to the east of the building.

The building design has a strong presence on the golf course and the idyllic views are appreciated by all the residents. The character details of the building are distinguishing while all the lush greenery softens its placement in the surroundings. The upper levels are a combination of glass and metal panel to reflect the green in the surrounding golf course and wooded residential neighbors.


Woodridge, Illinois

Main Street Station

Project Summary

The Village of Roselle wanted to turn a previous brownfield industrial site into a bustling downtown area near the Metra Station. The site was redeveloped with the extension of Main Street and three to four new mixed-use structures. As a transit-oriented development, careful consideration to address safety and noise pollution were needed, due to the proximity of the train.

The building design concept allowed for three building sites: a taller mixed-use building on the east side, which had a residential character, a two-story retail/ office building in the center of the site, and a single-story retail (Starbucks) on the west side with greater street visibility. Luxurious condominiums with large walk-out terraces are placed adjacent to the commercial shop fronts and office suites. The varying rooflines, vintage-style brickwork and old-world-style clock tower add charm and character to the development. The streetscape has neighborhood touches such as plantings, bike racks and street furniture for comfort.

Main Street Station successfully created an extension of the downtown with accessible shopping and housing where a stagnant industrial site sat for decades, thereby breathing new life into the Village of Roselle.


Village of Roselle, Illinois

Chestnut Tower

Project Summary

Chestnut Tower, a multi-family rental high-rise was built in the Gold Coast neighborhood of downtown Chicago. The 36-story tower was built in a tight urban site with surrounding historic character. The rental apartments offer residents an ideal location near public amenities for comfortable city living.

A community rooftop sundeck with lounge seating and grilling kitchen fosters a neighborhood feel among residents, and a stunning rooftop event space is available to rent for special occasions. On the ground floor, a spacious fitness center and cyber café are open 24-hours for resident use. A large private dog park is also located within the complex.

The units themselves are available as one, two or three bedrooms with contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. Wide windows and spacious floor plans provide city views for residents.

The tower features masonry details and a variegated brick pattern. At the base, the scale of stone, brick and glass respect the adjacent low-rise and townhouse buildings. Above, set-backs take full advantage of the spectacular views by increasing windows and, thus, increasing unit desirability.

To reduce noise and congestion from the smaller-scaled Chestnut Street, the planning concept directed all vehicular traffic to the wider and busier LaSalle Street. The apartment entrance was scaled down with a low canopy on to fit in with the residential character of the street. From a larger city scale, the building has a distinctive top that draws attention from the surrounding neighborhood.

The building exterior design won the Illinois Masonry Institute’s Excellence in Masonry: Best High-Rise Award for the building’s “texture” and pedestrian-scaled elements with intricate masonry detailing.


Chicago, IL

1111 South Wabash

Project Summary

With a fashionable urban location in the South Loop of downtown Chicago, 1111 South Wabash is a luxury living high-rise with coveted views of Lake Michigan. The multi-family condominium building borders Grant Park and offers residents sweeping vistas of the park, city and lake.

Located in the Lakefront Protection District of Chicago, 1111 South Wabash needed committee approval since its 36 stories would be visible from Grant Park and the lakefront. The building location made panoramic lake views possible, but required careful planning to take full advantage of this value. The design team knew lakefront views were a priority and laid out the typical floors in an “L-shape” to maximize the number of rooms with lakefront views, increasing the value of the property.

One, two and three bedroom units feature contemporary finishes, spacious rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. A business center, conference rooms and fitness center are available for the resident’s use. On the rooftop, a swimming pool and sundeck offer residents comfortable outside community space amidst the downtown skyline.

The building steps inward on the top floors to create dramatic two-story units with roof terraces, balconies and dramatic views. The design adds dimension to the Chicago skyline and offers residents both lake and cityscape views.

At the street level, the building offers retail storefronts and a six-level parking garage. Its proportions fit in well with the scale of the block and the retail space activates the street.

The units sold out very quickly due to the desirable location in the heart of South Loop, the modern design of the units and luxury amenities encompassed in the building.


Chicago, IL

Palmer Drive

Project Summary

The apartments at Palmer Drive, New Brighton, Minnesota function as affordable townhomes for low-income seniors. With outdated interior spaces that were not compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards or the Minnesota Housing Authority regulations, the units needed a complete renovation.

A full survey of the units identified existing conditions and recorded past upgrades to kitchens, bathrooms, common areas and grounds. Beyond ADA modifications, design work on the apartments included unit-by-unit modernization at all apartments not requiring ADA modifications, design of MEP system renovations for required new work, as well as replacement of two boilers. Office areas were updated while common areas received ADA upgrades. A new community kitchen and spaces (see Design Vignette) were created at the first floor level while a new fitness center was designed for the second floor level.

In order to provide sensory aids to seniors throughout the facility, finishes were selected and organized to serve as indicators in determining floor levels within the three-story multi-unit complex. Each floor has strategically placed accent walls at elevator lobby that were also visible from the main entry stair. The flooring was utilized to indicate where dwelling unit entries were located to assist those seniors who require sensory and memory aids in locating the floor and their home dwelling unit.

All new finishes were provided at the main entrance and site upgrades included new accessible pathways at public spaces and to ADA units. Furnishings, such as sofas and lounge chairs, were selected to be higher than standard seating level making sitting and standing easier for the senior population.

New upgrades to the units, common areas, site, accessibility features, and improved wayfinding provide a substantial improvement in both private and shared amenities for the building’s tenants.


New Brighton, Minnesota