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06.24.2015
H&R Wins Law School Master Plan at NU

Holabird & Root was recently awarded the Law School Campus Master Plan project at Northwestern University.  The firm has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the prestigious Big Ten School for several years and is currently wrapping up construction of the new Rubloff Atrium Addition. Also currently underway is H&R's renovation and redesign of the 16th floor of Abbott Hall for Northwestern Academy. The Law School Campus Master Plan project will include developing a Master Plan for the Law Library, a Master Plan for the School of Law Administrative and Support Functions, a comprehensive program for each, and creating a range of design scenarios for the School of Law Complex.  Following the planning phase, complete design services will be provided by Holabird & Root for the selected design scenario.  Team members for this design will include Principal James Baird, Project Manager Jan Behounek, Project Designer Rusty Walker, and Project Coordinator Max Hanisch.

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06.18.2015
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Team members of Holabird & Root Celebrated on Thursday joining the staff and leadership of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center in their ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of their new addition.

H&R was commissioned to design and develop onto the existing facility. Finished and occupied in the spring of this year, the two-story addition is approximately 18,900 S.F., almost doubling the size of the existing facility. Holabird & Root worked closely with the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center to plan the facility in a way that would enhance its daily operations and reflect its mission and values, while most efficiently utilizing space for the organization’s functions. 

Featured in these images are Holabird & Root Team members, Designer Rusy Walker (left image), Project Manager Jan Behounek (center), and Project Architect Camille Yu (left). Other key team members on this project included Principal in Charge Jim Miller and Structural Engineer Tom Harrison. 

The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is an innovative facility that co-houses all the City and State agencies that investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children and a not-for-profit agency that provides social services to the child victims and their families. 

More Information about the Chicago CAC organization can be found here: http://www.chicagocac.org/

 

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06.18.2015
HolaBirds are Hawks at Heart!

The entire Hollabird & Root team gathered today to view the parade of the Stanley Cup, in celebration of our 2015 Champion Blackhawks! With a great view to Monroe from our largest corner conference room, the team took a moment to view the festivities and show our Blackhawks pride and support. We are proud of to be a part of the continuing legacy of this incredible city and proud of the teams that fight hard to represent it. GO BLACKHAWKS!

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06.4.2015
Holabird & Root Wins Contract for Pace West Division

In continuing our upstanding relationship with Pace Suburban Bus Service, Holabird & Root was recently contracted for the Mid-Life Improvements project for the Pace West Division facility. 

Pace envisions a three-phase process:  Phase I (Part A) will consist of pre-design services, phase II (Part B) will see to the design implementation of improvements, while phase III (Part C) will see the construction of the design. 

The West Division facility is a vehicular storage/maintenance facility, with bus storage and maintainance services, and an attached office structure situated on a single parcel.  Over its lifetime thus far, the building has been cared for as funds have become available.  Phase I of this project is in response to the need for a site investigation within the project scope laid out by Pace. Phase II will consist of the redesign of the office layout and any necessary programmatic changes to the facility before heading into construction of the resulting design. The goal is to have a plan to preserve and extend the longevity of the building. We will work interactively with representatives of Pace to identify the most cost-effective options for the future of the building.  

For this project, Holabird & Root will provide architecture, structural engineering, and interior design services. H&R team members include Greg Cook, Greg Marinelli, Anne Strane, Tom Harrison, and Erin Masters. 

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05.20.2015
North Central College Breaks Ground on New Science Facility

North Central College recently broke ground on its new Science Center. Designed by Holabird & Root, this new facility will include a variety of classrooms, laboratories, student gathering spaces, and much more to support modern science instruction. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project and North Central's bright future! READ MORE

Take a trip through the new Science Center on a Virtual Fly-Through

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05.13.2015
Camille Yu and Matt Blewitt Become H&R’s Newest Project Architects

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce the promotion of Camille Yu, RA, and Matt Blewitt, RA, each to the role of Project Architect. 

Camille Yu, RA, has been with Holabird & Root since 2010. Camille’s background in engineering has been the foundation for her architectural career and given her an appreciation for the symbiotic combination of science and design. She has a strong interest in advanced building technologies, whether it be sustainability, structural systems, or interactive technologies. She holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Camille has served such clients as Elmhurst College, Harper College, the Chicago Housing Authority and the Public Building Commission. 

Matt Blewitt, RA, has been with Holabird & Root for the past 7 years and has served as the head of the Holabird & Root BIM Committee since 2012. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master of Science (Research) in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University, in addition to a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. This background has made Matt indispensible in serving clients such as Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, North Central College, City Colleges of Chicago, and the University of Chicago, in all their science and laboratory needs. 

Congratulations Matt and Camille!

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05.13.2015
Holabird & Root Promotes Senior Talent

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce the promotion of three of our most accomplished Project Architects: Greg Grunloh, AIA, Brett Gawronski, RA, and Tom Lassin, RA, have been promoted to Senior Project Architects.

Greg Grunloh,AIA, has been with Holabird & Root since 1995 and he is the director of Holabird & Root’s Professional Development committee, created to mentor and assist younger architects in the firm to become licensed. His long client record includes such highlights as the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Cornell College. He is currently working on the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex in Effingham, Illinois. Greg is an Associate of the firm.

Brett Gawronski, RA, also an Associate, joined Holabird & Root 9 years ago and has been an asset to the company in serving several Chicago-based and municipal clients such as the Chicago Housing Authority, Pullman Wheelworks for Mercy Housing, and Waubonsee Community College. Brett holds a Bachelor and a Master of Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Tom Lassin, RA, joined Holabird & Root in 2005, and he is an expert in renovation projects. Tom has served such projects as the renovation of the J&J Arnaco Monroe Building, the Marquette Building renovation and restoration, and several various renovations projects for the Chicago Housing Authority. Tom lends his over 40 years of expertise to the many varied and complex projects the firm undertakes and he is relied upon in the office as a learned and knowledgeable member.

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05.11.2015
Jon Howard, AIA, Named Newest Associate at Holabird & Root

A big congratulations goes out to Jon Howard, AIA, for being named Holabird & Root's newest Associate. 

A talented Project Architect, Jon has worked with clients including Chicago Public Schools, the General Services Administration, the Village of Winnetka, the Chicago Housing Authority and Harper College. A Youth Programs Volunteer for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a key member of the Holabird & Root technology committee, he holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in addition to a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jon has been an asset to the firm for the past 8 years and we look forward to what he will do in this new prestigious post. 

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02.13.2015
Harper College Building H Reaches Occupied Completion

Recently Holabird & Root has been providing architectural design for the renovation of Buildings D, G and H at Harper College, located in Palatine, IL. Renovations at building H were recently completed this past fall, in time for student occupation at the start of classes. Building H is a career services building consisting of new classrooms, offices, and lab spaces for a variety of vocational programs offered at the college such as welding, refrigeration, and HVAC systems curricula. This building now connects to a roughly 900-space parking garage as well as Building D, providing easy and convenient passage between all three structures. 

The construction of Building D phase I was just completed on schedule this past fall as well. Phase II on this building is slated to start this month. The two-phase project is intended to renovate and add on to the D building. The program includes 2 large lecture halls, multiple classrooms, office spaces and state-of-the-art student gathering spaces - such spaces are reflected in the recently completed buildout of a Starbucks in the building during phase I. 

The project is still on course to acheive LEED Silver certification. 

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02.13.2015
Holabird & Root Commissioned for NU Academy Renovations

Holabird & Root was recently commissioned by Northwestern University to complete renovations for the Northwestern Academy at Abbott Hall.  Located at 710 N. Lakeshore Drive, the entire 16th floor of Abbott Hall, which currently consists of vacant former apartments, will be the new 6,600-g.s.f. home to the NU Academy. Completely funded by the University, this academy is part of the Good Neighbor, Great University initiative to increase successful matriculation in underrepresented students while giving them access to top-tier universities. It is expected that eventually, over 200 high school students will be a part of NW Academy.

The projected program for the renovation includes student lounge areas, large and small classrooms, support spaces for staff, private offices, faculty spaces, and teaming rooms for group work and interviews.  This project is the latest in a series of projects Holabird & Root has partnered with Northwestern University to complete, including the Galter Health Sciences Library Renovation and Expansion, previous Facilities Master Plan/Programming/Buildout of the Law School and Library Addition, and the School of Law Rubloff Building Atrium Addition.

Originally completed in 1940, the 20-story Abbott Hall was designed by James Gamble Rogers.  Project completion for this renovation is set for Spring 2016. Project team members include: Jim Miller, Jan Behounek, Cory Kamholz, Andrea Caputo,  Tom Harrison, Hye-Yeon Cho, and Tom Lassin.

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02.10.2015
Rusty Walker to Speak at Tradeline Space Planning Conference

Rusty Walker, LEED AP, AIA is slated to speak at Tradeline's upcoming Strategic Facility and Space Planning for For Science and Research Conference scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, April 20-21, 2015. His session, STEM Growth Via Strategic Levaraging: Private, Local, and Academic Resources, will cover the topic as follows:

"New models for meeting the demand for highly skilled STEM workers expand beyond academic programs to leverage local and private enterprise resources as well – a strategy that will reshape decisions on campus master planning, space programming and utilization, and infrastructure investments. Russell Walker scopes out the lean development model for the Western Illinois Quad Cities campus, an initiative driven by local community partnership, the John Deere Company, and the university. He sets out new cost efficiency benchmarks, program benefits resulting from community involvement and recruitments for STEM disciplines, and the talent payoff for local industry."

Click here for session times and more conference details: Tradeline Strategic Facility and Space Planning For Science and Research Conference

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02.2.2015
Holabird & Root Wins New Science Facility

Holabird & Root recently landed a new job for The University of Saint Francis on their Wilcox Campus.  The firm has been commissioned for the design and development of a new Science Facility, a reconstruction of St. Albert’s Hall, originally constructed in 1958.  The University of St. Francis is seeking to build an approximate 40,000 SF science building. The facility is meant to be home to the chemistry and physics labs, general classrooms and faculty offices, and possibly the biology program as well. The goal of the project is to successfully provide a student-centered space for the functional needs of the natural and health sciences areas. Holabird & Root team members currently include James Baird, Dennis Vovos, Kevin Boyer, Greg Grunloh, Jon Howard, Andrea Caputo, and Tom Harrison. 

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01.19.2015
EP Group at Holabird & Root Visits the Chicago CAC

The Emerging Professionals Group at Holabird & Root recently visited the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center where Project Coordinator Camille Yu lead the walk-through of the building. The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is an innovative facility that co-houses all the City and State agencies that investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children and a not-for-profit agency that provides social services to the child victims and their families. They share the common goal of improving the arrest and conviction rate of perpetrators of abuse in a way that minimizes the trauma to the child and family. H&R was commissioned to design and develop onto the existing facility, and construction is currently underway. The two-story addition is approximately 18,900 S.F., almost doubling the size of the existing facility. The project is on track to meet LEED gold certification.

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10.28.2014
Funding Comes in for WIU Quad Cities Phase III

Over the weekend, Governor Pat Quinn announced a $5 million dollar infusion of funds from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to initiate the design process of Western Illinois University's phase III plans for their Quad Citites Riverfront Campus. This phase will consist of a new 85,000 SF academic building to house the University's STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs consisting of offices, classrooms, general and specialized laboratories, student resource and support spaces. In keeping with the design and build of the first two previous phases, Holabird & Root will design the phase III building, which is projected to be six stories.

For more information:

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09.29.2014
Groundbreaking at the Workman Sports and Wellness Center

Holabird & Root team members gathered with the community last Friday, September 19, 2014, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Center in Effingham, Illinois. The site is a dream long in the making for an 80,000-square-foot sports complex. Construction is set to start on the $14.6 million dollar complex in October and projected to be completed in a 12-14 month timeframe thereafter.  The development of the sports complex for the community of Effingham is a long-time goal coming to fruition after working for its installment for nearly three decades. The facility is planned to include volleyball courts, basketball courts, two pools and an eight-lane lap pool, in addition to a recreational/therapy pool. Further plans include a Get Fit center and plans to house St. Anthony's Wellness Center for physical therapy. Members of the Holabird & Root design team in attendance included Project Architect Greg Grunloh and Project Coordinator, Jamison McBride.

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09.16.2014
Breck School Design Wins 2014 Institutional ALA Design Merit Award

Holabird & Root just received notice of winning the prestigious 2014 Institutional Merit Award from the Association of Licensed Architects for the design and build of Breck School. Founded in 1886, Breck School is an independent, college-preparatory, PreK-12 school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school commissioned Holabird & Root to perform master planning, a redesign of the overall site, renovation and expansion of existing buildings, and construction of new spaces, including playing fields and green spaces. This school is now LEED Silver Certified. The Holabird & Root team responsible for this project consists of Principal Designer James Baird, Project Manager Ernie Wagner, Interior Designer Andrea Caputo and Project Architect Brett Gawronski. 

08.22.2014
Holabird & Root Announces The Passing of Gerald Horn

Holabird & Root is deeply saddened to announce the passing of former Principal Gerald Horn, who died on Saturday, August 9, at the age of 79. Gerald, fondly known as Jerry, was a partner at Holabird & Root from 1988 to 2004. He began his career with the firm back in 1971 as a project designer and moved up through the ranks proving himself to be a competent and worthy leader, while also serving for several years as a studio professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a mentor to many, including recently retired Principal Jeff Case, who attributed the longevity of his career at Holabird & Root to Jerry, saying, “Jerry was my [teacher], he was my ticket, he believed in me.”  Jerry was a prolific designer and mentor to countless young architects, both at IIT and Holabird & Root.

Holabird & Root remembers and honors the memory of one of our most cherished leaders. Jerry was the recipient of several awards throughout his impressive career, including a collection of AIA design awards through the years for landmark projects such as the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Engineman School, Monsanto Environmental Health Laboratory, Illinois Bell Telephone 4A Toll Building (national design award), Hollister Corporate headquarters in Libertyville, and the Hollister Factory Building in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Jerry moved the firm forward through a collection of other notable projects including the Northwestern University Law School, American Bar Center, the Chicago Historical Society expansion, the Federal Reserve Bank Addition and Renovation, the University of Illinois Digital Computer Building, the City Home Affordable Housing Project, IIT Kent Law School, Nicor Headquarters Building, IBM Credit Union and the impressive Holabird & Root Headquarters with the bridge through the light court, to name just a few. Jerry passed away in his self-designed California home, which also won an AIA distinguished building award.

Current Holabird & Root Managing Principal Greg Cook remembers Jerry fondly, sharing, “Jerry passing affects all of us a lot. As an architect, he was a true artist, all about the pure structure. He was very complex in his designs, he did them all in his head and they always came out beautiful, completely thought out, he was totally independent. Jerry’s abilities were uncanny in his use of space, use of the land, the presence of the building within the site, the structural fluidity and expression of his designs was astounding.”

Jerry is survived by his wife, Caryl, his son, James, his daughters, Jill, Debra and Laura, and eight grandchildren. He is remembered by all the colleagues who loved and respected him at Holabird & Root, in addition to several industry professionals worldwide.

See Also: Chicago architect Gerald Horn dies at 79

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07.25.2014
Holabird & Root Team Members Featured in NU Expansion Video

Holabird & Root team members have been featured in Northwestern University's atrium expansion project video.Holabird & Root has continued its long-standing relationship with Northwestern University Law School by most recently being given the opportunity to provide an addition and renovation to the Rubloff Building Atrium. The three-story jewel-piece atrium addition boasts a new two-story space adjacent to the expanded café to be utilized as multi-purpose space for student study, events, and collaboration. New state-of-the art flip classrooms and student study areas are both open and private to foster interaction among law students.

Holabird & Root originally designed the 360,000-s.f. facility, which houses a major addition to the Law School, including its library. 

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07.14.2014
Holabird & Root Wishes a Farewell to Principal Jeff Case

The last day of June marked the end of an era at the Holabird & Root headquarters. Following a 38-year journey with the company, Principal Jeff Case has taken his retirement. Jeff started with Holabird & Root back in 1976 as an intern architect under the supervision of his mentor and former firm principal, Jerry Horn. Recalling his time learning under Horn, Jeff shared, "Jerry was my professor, he was my ticket, he believed in me. I don’t think I ever had a moment where I really desired to leave. I’ve been very privileged here." Jeff became a partner at Holabird & Root in 1988, serving as a principal for 26 years. Before the company toasted his achievements, Jeff was asked what his advice for young architects would be: "Work as hard as you can. Learn as much as you can. Be ready, willing, and able. Find a mentor. Be observant. Make yourself useful. Ask how you can be more helpful."

Jeff now plans to head to Florida following the sale of his house in Old Town, which was designed by Harry Weese. He says he's looking forward to active days full of golfing, swimming, painting and travel, sharing, "I have a brother out there so there’s family, and I’ve established a presence with an art center already."

Holabird & Root celebrates the many varied contributions Jeff has made to the firm and wishes him a happy and fulfilled journey in the next leg of his adventure.

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05.29.2014
Holabird & Root Pursues Work in Iraq

Holabird & Root has recenty been in exciting negotiations for a project with the Iraqi Ministry of Health through a joint-venture agreement with ZEF Concepts. The future development, Al Qalaa Hospital, is a 200-bed healthcare facility located in Kut.

ZEF Concepts is a Sustainability and Green Technologies consultancy based in the UK.