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Holabird & Root Celebrates Wrigley Field Centennial

Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field! On April 23, 1914, the Friendly Confines hosted its very first game.  The venerated, long-time home of the Chicago Cubs also served as home to the Chicago Bears for 49 years, and is the second oldest ballpark in the nation. Holabird & Root is proud to be a part of the rich history of this Chicago landmark.  In the early summer of 1937, Holabird & Root was approached by Bill Veeck and commissioned to design what would become the highly revered Wrigley Field Bleachers and hand-operated scoreboard, which, still in use today, embodied new magnetic eyelits never before employed in a scoreboard. The bleachers and the iconic scoreboard were both listed among the park's features to receive landmark staus in 2004. The 1937 bleachers buildout led to the hallowed ivy that was planted that same year and still graces Wrigley today, as well as the fact that on September 28, 1938, the first full year of the new bleachers wound down with the most famous homer in Cubs history:

“In the bottom of the ninth, player-manager Gabby Hartnett hit a two-out, two-strike, tie-breaking shot into the left-field bleachers to beat Pittsburgh 6-5 and move the Cubs past the Pirates into first place. The ballpark was too dark at the top of the inning for play to continue, but the umpires decided to let the game go one more inning, setting up the heroics that led to a pennant.”-Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune 1987

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Holabird & Root Breaks Ground at the New Addition to ChicagoCAC

In 1983, Congress declared April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse. In conjunction with this observance, Holabird & Root is pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new addition at Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC). Together, ChicagoCAC and its partners are the city’s front-line responders to reports of child sexual and physical abuse. ChicagoCAC is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof.

Holabird & Root’s design portrays the concept of the Chicago row house, with the goal of reducing the mass of the two-story addition, creating a dynamic elevation, and respecting the existing architecture. The two-story addition is approximately 18,900 square feet, almost doubling the size of the existing facility.  The space is designed to help children and families feel safe, while also encouraging collaboration among professional teams. Organizationally, the first floor of the addition is dedicated to professional spaces and offices, while the second floor will house the mental health department, training area and lunchroom.  Child- and family-friendly spaces will remain at the heart of the existing building. The project is on track to meet LEED Gold certification.

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Holabird & Root Announces Passing of Michael Pancost, AIA

It is with great sorrow that Holabird & Root announces the passing of architect Michael Pancost, AIA.

Michael spent over 38 years with Holabird & Root, providing invaluable leadership to our firm.  He contributed to many of Holabird & Root’s landmark projects and, equally important, served as a mentor to many of our young architects throughout the years.  His technical expertise combined with his enthusiasm for the industry made him one of the most respected members of our team.

His passion for architecture and the insight he provided to colleagues will be missed.




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Holabird & Root Adds Chief Structural Engineer

We're pleased to welcome Tom Harrison, SE, PE, AIA, LEED AP to our team as our new chief structural engineer.  Tom brings over 25 years of industry experience to our firm.  His press release can be viewed here.


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Monroe Building Receives 2013 Merit Award

The Monroe Building was recently awarded a 2013 Merit Award in the category of Renovation by the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA).

Holabird & Root was presented with the award at the ALA’s 2013 Design Awards Banquet held on Friday, November 8, 2013.  A total of 41 winners were presented awards in eight different categories.

Originally designed by Holabird & Roche in 1812, the Monroe Building had aged and faced being converted into a condominium and parking facility prior to restoration.  The renovation of various elements of the Romanesque building resulted in a project that combined the best elements of meticulous restoration with modernization to meet the demands of future tenants.

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Holabird & Root Commissioned for New Science Center

Holabird & Root was recently awarded the New Science Center project at North Central College of Naperville, Illinois.  Consistently named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, North Central is proud to have many of its graduates go on to become lifelong contributors to society – often as nationally and internationally recognized doctors, scientists, engineers, and teachers of STEM. This new facility will provide a state-of-the-art home for the sciences that reflects the institution’s standards of excellence.

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Join Holabird & Root For Open House Chicago 2013

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce it will participate in the Chicago Architectural Foundation's Open House Chicago 2013.

The Foundation's Open House Chicago will take place on October 19 and 20, and offers a free, behind-the-scenes look of 150 of Chicago's architectural gems.  

Participants will be invited to tour Holabird & Root's state-of-the-art design studio, located in the historic Marquette Building, completely free of charge.

For more information regarding the tour, including tour times and individual site listings, please visit the Open House Chicago web site:  



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Holabird & Root Receives Two CBC Merit Awards

Holabird & Root has been awarded two 2013 Merit Awards by the Chicago Building Congress for the work completed at the Monroe Building and the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Arts Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

The CBC presented the Monroe Building with a Merit Award for Rehab Construction, while the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Arts Center for Creative and Performing Arts was endowed a Merit Award for new construction in the City of Chicago. 

The CBC presents Merit Awards recognizing new construction, rehab construction, infrastructure construction, and more.  According to the CBC, awards “honor outstanding projects in greater Chicagoland.”

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Monroe Building Honored

The Monroe Building recently received a 2013 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence - Restoration by the City of Chicago.  One of 14 projects acknowledged in May 2013, the award recognizes “extraordinary improvements to designated Chicago landmarks, properties within landmark districts and other projects that embody Chicago’s architectural heritage,” according to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Originally designed by Holabird & Roche in 1812, the Monroe Building had aged and faced being converted into a condominium and parking facility prior to restoration.  The renovation of various elements of the Romanesque building resulted in a project that combined the best elements of meticulous restoration with modernization to meet the demands of future tenants.


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Q&A with Greg Grunloh

Holabird & Root architect, Greg Grunloh, AIA, sat down with Modern Midwest to discuss renovating Illinois Institute of Technology’s Wishnick Hall, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The project was completed in 2008. Mies Van der Rohe designed Wishnick Hall in 1945 to house the Department of Chemistry and the Polymer Center. The building now houses the Department of Biomedical Engineering; the Department of Math and Science Education; and the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences.

You can find the whole story here:

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Michael Pancost Gets Honorable Mention

Architect Michael Pancost recieved an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Chicago Prize: Future Prentice Competition. The design competition centered around the future of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant Modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. 

A link to the competition can be found here:

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Rusty Walker to Present at East-West University

Rusty Walker, LEED AP, Associate Principal and designer at Holabird & Root will present “The Vertical Quadrangle: The Intersection of Architecture and Education” on Tues. Oct. 16, 2012 at East-West University. The free event is open to the public and begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. 

Click here for more information:

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Plano Awarded ALA Design Award

Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom Building was bestowed a Merit Award, in the Institutional category, of the Association of Licensed Architects’ (ALA) 2012 Design Awards. According to the ALA, the awards are meant “to give professional recognition to excellence in Design by selecting award recipients whose work exhibits the creative and aesthetic characteristics deemed relevant by their peers and associates…”

The Plano Classroom Building is designed to operate as a stand-alone complete campus – extending the mission and experience of the main Sugar Grove, Illinois campus to outlying communities. The building contains classrooms, laboratories, student study areas, and support space. Full-service admissions, testing, and assessment spaces are also provided.

The awards ceremony will be held at Medinah Country Club on Friday, November 9th.

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WIU Celebrates Phase II Groundbreaking

Last week the groundbreaking for Phase II of Western Illinois University’s Riverfront Campus commenced at the campus' River Drive location in Moline. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas, Moline Mayor Don Welvaert, and several state and community leaders to celebrate the University’s accomplishments in providing outstanding public higher education for Quad Cities-area students.  

At completion of Phase II the Riverfront Campus will support 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It will house general and specialized instructional facilities, faculty and staff office space, centralized student services, and a childcare component. 

You can find more information on Western Illinois University and Phase II here

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Monroe Building Bestowed Driehaus Award

The Monroe Building was awarded Landmarks Illinois' Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year in the Restoration category. According to the Landmarks Illinois' website, "Landmarks Illinois has been assisted by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation to honor individuals and organizations whose works demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation. By honoring these individuals, organizations, projects and programs, Landmarks Illinois and the Driehaus Foundation hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources." We are honored to be a part of the team!

For more information on Landmarks Illinois, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundaion Preservation Awards, and the upcoming awards ceremony, please visit

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Holabird & Root Awarded City Development Project

Holabird & Root, as part of the Three Corners Development team, was selected to design a mixed-use development on 15.5 acres of vacant, riverfront property in the city of Moline, Illinois. The three-phased, $80 million development will provide student and market-rate housing, restaurants, commercial and retail space, and more. An article on the Moline aldermans' decision can be found here:

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Waubonsee Plano Building in DCD Magazine

The Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom Building was featured in DCD Magazine's July/August addition. The article can be found here:


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Monroe Building Featured in Crain’s

The Monroe Buliding was featured in Crain's magazine as final renovations are coming to an end. The building, designed by Holabird & Roche in 1912, had aged and faced being converted into a condominium and parking facility. When the current owners purchased the building, they saw the potential of this architectural gem and committed to a complete renovation and restoration of the building on a scale rarely attempted. You can read the article here:

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Holabird & Root Attends Mission to China

Represented by Branyo Dvorak AIA, Holabird & Root was selected to join the delegation for the Green Hospital and Senior Housing Trade Mission to China. The delegation was organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and led by US Ambassador Gary Locke. The mission included design forum sessions in Xi’an and Beijing along with discussions with local government officials and the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Health, followed by networking events and dinners. Project Manager Joyce Chou and Project Architect Chyanne Husar also accompanied the mission in their travels.

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Renovation Project Wins Downtown Award

The Monroe Building, built in 1912 by Holabird & Root, recently won the 2011 "Best Historic Renovation" Award from the Friends of Downtown, Chicago, Illinois. You can find out more information about the historic renovation and restoration on the Monroe Building project page.