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04.2.2014
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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01.10.2014
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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11.25.2013
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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11.12.2013
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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10.31.2013
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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10.4.2013
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:  http://www.openhousechicago.org/.  

 

 

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06.11.2013
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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06.5.2013
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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03.25.2013
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: http://modernmidwest.com/people/q-a-with-greg-grunloh-restoring-mies-van-der-rohes-wishnick-hall/3/22/2013

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11.20.2012
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: http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org/Home

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10.15.2012
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: http://www.eastwest.edu/new/index.php/events-3/news-a-events/225-perspectives-on-architecture-and-education

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10.4.2012
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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09.4.2012
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 http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=10044.

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08.27.2012
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  http://www.landmarks.org/awards.htm.

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08.8.2012
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: http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=603484

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07.30.2012
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:

http://www.dcd.com/current_pub.html

 

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07.1.2012
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: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120630/ISSUE03/306309992/renovation-of-monroe-building-finally-wrapping-up

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05.10.2012
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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04.26.2012
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.

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02.15.2012
Lassin Speaks at CAF

Project Architect Tom Lassin recently spoke at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The topic, "Monroe Building Past/Present/Future" is something he's very passionate about. Tom, working with a team of architects, engineers, and preservation experts, has spent several years researching, renovating, and carefully restoring the Monroe Building, located along Chicago's prominent Michigan Avenue. His presentation focused on the history of the building, its construction, and the work that has been done to return the landmark building to its original grandeur.

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11.27.2011
Brush Speaks to SIUC Architects

Preservation specialist, Mary Brush, recently spoke at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), Carbondale, Illinois, to the SIUC School of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects Illinois on the topic, "Carbondale, Holabird, & AIA". Brush spoke on her family's influence, architecturally and otherwise, in Carbondale and the surrounding area.

"Over time [my grandfather] sold off the land for houses, became partners with the bank, opened a general store, became a lawyer, ran the town," Brush said. "(He) did everything from start to finish, including founding the teachers's college, which became SIU's..."

An article written by The Daily Egyptian, the college's newspaper, can be found here.

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10.20.2011
James Baird Speaks at SCUP

Design Principal James Baird, FAIA, LEED AP recently presented at the Society of College and University Planning's (SCUP) North Central Regional Conference in Ames, Iowa. His session, "Inclusive Spaces: Designing Science Facilities that Support a Diverse Student Population," analyzed the award-winning Grinnell Science Project, developed to address barriers to success in science for students of color, women, and first-generation college students. Also presenting was Grinnell College's Dr. James Swartz, who discussed the program that the College developed to respond to these barriers. James then explained how these changes were translated into the design of Grinnell's science complex, which has become a national model for science facilities.

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10.3.2011
Kenmore Apartments Receives ASID Award

Holabird & Root received a 2011 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Award in Residential Green Design with the Chicago Housing Authority's Kenmore Senior Housing Apartments project.

Located in the City's Uptown community, the once vacant and graffiti-covered Kenmore Senior Apartments was modernized by Holabird & Root. The 90,000-s.f., 8-story building underwent a complete gut rehab to improve circulation paths and accessibility and create 100 new single bedroom apartments. It features such green elements as energy efficient mechanical and lighting systems, landscaping that helps manage storm water in an inviting, scenic courtyard, large windows to increase natural lighting and air circulation and a green roof.

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10.1.2011
Kenmore Apartments Certified LEED Platinum

The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Kenmore Senior Housing Apartments received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification rating, the highest possible rating in LEED certification. Kenmore's Platinum status is a first in Chicago's public housing history.

Located in the City's Uptown community, the once vacant and graffiti-covered Kenmore Senior Apartments was modernized by Holabird & Root. The 90,000-s.f., 8-story building underwent a complete gut rehab to improve circulation paths and accessibility and create 100 new single bedroom apartments. It features such green elements as energy efficient mechanical and lighting systems, landscaping that helps manage storm water in an inviting, scenic courtyard, large windows to increase natural lighting and air circulation and a green roof.

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09.10.2011
James Baird Speaks at Tradelines

Design Principal James Baird, FAIA, LEED AP recently presented at the Tradelines 23rd Annual College & University Science Facilities Conference. In the presentation, "Fostering Interdisciplinary Science in Undergraduate Education," James, along with Beloit College's Kohnstamm Professor of Chemistry and Project Director, Dr. Brock Spencer, discussed how the formal disciplines of science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) should no longer be viewed as separate trees of knowledge that grow independently of one another. The real breakthroughs in science are taking place at the intersections of these disciplines. These intersections not only occur in the branches, but also at the very roots of inquiry and students engaged in scientific investigation should be exposed to these roots at an early stage in their education. Beloit College's new Center for the Sciences illustrates how such a facility can be planned and designed to support this kind of interdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning at the undergraduate level.

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08.22.2011
James Baird Presents at SCUP

Design Principal James Baird, FAIA, LEED AP recently presented at the Society of College and University Planning's (SCUP) Poster Forum in National Harbor, Maryland. The new forum provided additional opportunities for learning at the SCUP Conference. On his poster, James compared the renovation and addition of Grinnell College's Noyce Science Center to the new Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at St. Olaf College. This information is especially helpful to college and university planners that face the tough decision of deciding whether to renovate an existing facility or build a new building when their current space no longer meets their needs.

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06.28.2011
Dremmer Elected to Housing Board

Director of Interior Design Michele Dremmer, LEED AP was recently elected to the National Public Housing Museum Board of Directors. The National Public Housing Museum is dedicated to illustrating the history of public housing in America as well as the poor and working class families of every race and culture who resided within their walls.

For more information on the National Public Housing Museum, please visit their website.

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06.5.2011
Holabird & Root Projects Featured on 190 North

Several Holabird & Root projects were recently featured in a segment of 190 North's June 5th episode. The Chicago Cultural Center and the Marquette Building were depicted for their landmark Luis Comfort Tiffany artistic, glass domes and mosaics. Holabird & Root was responsible for the recent restoration of the Chicago Cultural Center's Tiffany Dome. It is the largest dome by Tiffany in the world covering more than 1,000 square feet. The Marquette Building is one of Holabird & Root's earliest buildings, and is known as one of the first, modern skyscrapers of the world. The lobby displays the legacy of Pere Marquette through a vibrant series of pictures that are highly unique for a glass mosaic.

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05.26.2011
Brush honored in i4design’s Suite Sixteen

Mary Brush was included in i4design Magazine's 5th Annual Suite Sixteen. The "Suite 16" honors the Midwest's most innovative design experts in the architecture and interior design community.

Named as the "Preservationist" in the Class of 2011, Mary Brush was recognized for her ability to restore and preserve historic architecture. "Preservation is the management of change," said Mary Brush. "We don't want to just look backward and turn a building into a museum piece."

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03.28.2011
Plano Classroom Featured on Archdaily.com

The Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom was recently featured on the blog, Archdaily.com. The article can be found here:

Click here to read the article.

The building is designed as a stand-alone satellite campus, augmenting Waubonsee Community College's main campus located in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The facility consists of approximately 33,000 g.s.f. of space spread over two stories.

The building contains classrooms, laboratories, student study areas, and support space. Full-service admissions, testing, and assessment spaces are also provided. The building is strategically placed to take advantage of access and views to Lake Plano while maximizing the remainder of the site for student parking.

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03.28.2011
Government Childcare Center Awarded LEED

The General Services Administration's (GSA) new Childcare Center at an existing Department of State training campus was recently awarded Silver Level certification, as quantified by the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The project, which also included a new Training Center addition, was awarded to Holabird & Root, for architectural services, and Wiley & Wilson, for engineering and general contractor services, through the GSA's Design Excellence Program.

The childcare center project enlarged an existing "temporary" two-classroom facility to twice the square footage, allowing the program to support the growing number of parents at the facility. The LEED Silver building takes advantage of the surrounding natural environment and provides a strong connection between the interior and exterior spaces. It provides light-filled classrooms with access to the outdoors while respecting the requirements of Diplomatic Security and controlled access. A variety of play spaces are provided to support year-round gross motor opportunities. Within the building a central multipurpose room can be used for group gatherings and play in inclement water. Covered porches on both sides of the building provide shaded space during sunny days and protection from the rain.

Following the GSA's Childcare Center Design Guide and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, Holabird & Root designed a model center that is intended to exhibit the GSA's commitment to best practices in childcare for all its facilities.

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03.27.2011
Center for the Sciences Awarded

Klobucar Construction and J.H. Findorff and Sons were recently awarded the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin's Environmental Excellence Award for their work at Beloit College's Center for the Sciences. Both served as contractors for the LEED-Platinum Certified building. A press release on Beloit's website can be found here:

Click here to read the article.

This is not the first time the Holabird & Root-designed Center for Sciences has received accolades. In 2009, the building and Holabird & Root received the Design Excellence Honor Award in Interior Architecture from the American Institute of Architects (Chicago chapter). Last spring, Wisconsin Builder magazine also named the Center for the Sciences one of the state of Wisconsin's top 2009 projects.

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02.21.2011
Principal Presents at Tradeline Conference

Holabird & Root Principal James Baird was invited to develop a presentation for Tradeline, a leader in providing information to corporate, institutional, and government professionals for the planning, design, construction, and management of facility assets. Baird, along with Dr. James Swartz, Dack Professor of Chemistry at Grinnell College, and Dr. David Van Wylen, Professor of Biology at St. Olaf College, created a webinar entitled "Renovate or build new: decision-making rationales behind two strategies to grow science programs." The webcast creates comparisons between Grinnell College's phased renovation and addition of their Noyce Science Center and St. Olaf College's new Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and the impact each institutions choice has had on funding, costs, recruitment, and retention.

Click here to watch the webinar.

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01.27.2011
Grinnell Awarded White House Honor

The Grinnell Science Project (GSP) has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, administered by the National Science Foundation. The award recognizes GSP's efforts to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn degrees in the sciences.

Click here to read the article.

One of the science buildings participating in the Grinnell Science Project is the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center - an academic building recently transformed by Holabird & Root. The two-phased renovation and addition to the Noyce Science Center also received LEED Silver certification, The American Library Association Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011, and an Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Excellence.

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01.17.2011
Grinnell College honored by ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) has recently recognized the Grinnell College Libraries with the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011. A press release on Grinnell's website can be found here:

Click here to read the article.

One of the libraries being honored, Kistle Science Library, is located in the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center - an academic building recently transformed by Holabird & Root. The two-phased renovation and addition to the Noyce Science Center also received LEED Silver certification and an Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Excellence.

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01.6.2011
Domes Featured in Huffington Post

The Chicago Cultural Center domes were recently mentioned in a photo article entitled, "18 Beautiful Ceilings Around the World" on the Huffington Post website.

Click here to read the article.

Holabird & Root is currently restoring two of these domes to the highest conservation standards. The first dome, which was completed in July 2008, is a Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass dome in Preston Bradley Hall and is the largest dome by Tiffany in the world. The Cultural Center's other stained glass dome, the Healy and Millet dome, in the G.A.R. Rotunda, is tentatively scheduled for restoration next year.

01.3.2011
Firm Raises Money for School

The true meaning of the season was apparent at Holabird & Root's annual office holiday party. Members of the firm donated artwork that they or their family members made. Entries included ceramics, knitwear, hand-sewn clothing, jewelry, paintings, drawings and photography. Then, a silent art auction was held so employee could bid on each other's work.

The event raised $1,500 for the Soaring Eagle Academy, a new non-profit school for students age five through adolescence diagnosed with Autism and related disorders located in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Their breakthrough approach, incorporating the DIR./Floortime Model and intensive sensory motor therapy, is making a significant contribution to the lives of the students and the families they serve.

Holabird & Root has supported Soaring Eagle through pro-bono design and planning services since the fall of 2007 and congratulates SEA on the opening of their facility in the fall of 2010. This project is an example of Holabird & Root's interest in promoting design as an active part of specialized learning environments.

Holabird & Root is a Chicago architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. Since its founding in 1880, Holabird & Root has been recognized for its history of translating complex challenges into thoughtful solutions for clients in the academic, government, cultural and civic, and corporate markets. This year, Holabird & Root celebrate 130 years of professional service, innovative design, advanced technology, and collaboration.

09.12.2010
Wellness Center Highlighted in News Story

ABC 6 News highlighted Winona State University's new Integrated Wellness Center in anticipation of its dedication ceremony to be held on Friday, September 17, 2010. The new building is one of the first of its kind in the nation to truly integrate the six dimensions of wellness - intellectual, social, emotional, physical, occupational, and spiritual - in both the building's program and its operations. The building has an indoor fitness track, cardiovascular fitness and strength-training facilities, gymnasiums, aerobics classrooms, a health services clinic, a counseling center, a health education and resource center, experiential learning labs and classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices.

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06.9.2010
Holabird Involved in Four LEED Platinum

Holabird & Root has now been a part of the design team for four LEED Platinum certified higher education facilities. The firm provided architecture and engineering for the LEED Platinum science facilities at St. Olaf and Beloit colleges. The firm also provided MEP engineering services for Iowa State University's College of Design Pavilion Addition and Central College's Education and Psychology Building. Holabird & Root continues to advance sustainability and is currently designing several projects that are expected to achieve LEED certification.

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06.8.2010
Brush Article Published

Mary Brush, Holabird & Root's historic preservation specialist, has shared her knowledge in the Association for Preservation Technology's (APT) Bulletin. In the article, Mary shares how she used the dry-ice technique to remove spray paint from the Time Life Building fac'ade, a job she completed prior to joining Holabird & Root.

03.28.2010
Third LEED Platinum for Holabird & Root

The 23,735-g.s.f King Pavilion addition to the Iowa State University College of Design building was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest certification possible by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is also the first higher education building in Iowa to achieve LEED Platinum status. Holabird & Root provided the MEP engineering for the facility, which was designed by RDG Planning & Design.

The King Pavilion is one of only eight LEED-NC Platinum buildings in higher education at public institutions in the United States. This is the third LEED Platinum certification for Holabird & Root; Beloit College's Center for Sciences and St. Olaf's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences were also awarded LEED Platinum certification.

03.18.2010
Regents Hall Receives Masonry Award

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences was recognized by the Minnesota Concrete and Masonry Contractors Association (MC&MCA) with a 2010 Honor Award for Excellence in Masonry Design and Construction. Through the awards program, the MC&MCA honors works of distinction and brings public attention to outstanding buildings and projects constructed of masonry and concrete materials.

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03.17.2010
Dremmer Returns As Director Of Interiors

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce the return of Michele Dremmer to the Interior Design Department. After three and a half years away spent working at Perkins Eastman; Gary Lee; and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Michele returns to Holabird & Root where she worked from 1999 to 2006.

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02.17.2010
Beloit Awarded Top Projects

Wisconsin Builder magazine recently named Beloit College's Center for Sciences as one of the Top Projects of 2009. This award is in honor of those in the industry-generals, subcontractors, architects, engineers and owners-whose projects met and exceeded expectations in the year prior. This is the second award for the Center for Sciences. The LEED Platinum facility was also recognized by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of their Design Excellence awards program. The Beloit College Center for Sciences will be featured in the May 2010 issue of the Wisconsin Builder magazine.

01.31.2010
Segal Article Published in Collage

The Community Playthings e-magazine Collage features an article coauthored by Holabird & Root's Early Childhood Design Specialist, Maria Segal. Maria and coauthor Amy Freshwater, a University of Missouri Early Childhood Professor, were asked to contribute a piece focusing on brain development. Their article discusses how the classroom environment affects brain development in infants and toddlers.

Click here to read the article.

12.1.2009
Holabird & Root Participates in International Design Competition

Lappset Group, a well-known producer and developer of playgrounds, organized an international design competition that challenged designers to create "new, inspiring, and out-of-the-box ideas for future playgrounds." Inspired by the challenge and the design opportunities, a group of Holabird & Root designers met with children, parents, and educators to discuss the ideal playground. Led by Holabird & Root's Early Education Design Specialist Maria Segal, the group focused on imagining new possibilities for playground equipment.

Click here to view our submission.

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11.19.2009
Cultural Center Dome Restoration Honored

The City of Chicago, Department of General Services received the Chicago Architecture Foundation's prestigious Patron of the Year award in the governmental category. This award recognizes the role of clients in architecture, or its patrons: those who commission, develop, and finance Chicago's distinguished architecture. The Preston Bradley Hall Dome was restored by Holabird & Root and represents another successful collaboration between the City of Chicago and Holabird & Root.

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11.17.2009
Regents Hall Receives Platinum

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. At nearly 200,000 square feet, Regents Hall is the largest and most complex academic facility to earn the U.S. Green Building Councils Platinum rating.

Holabird & Root's design of Regents Hall incorporates several key strategies including a green roof which helps reduce the building's heating and cooling load and minimizes its heat signature. The green roof absorbs stormwater that runs off Regents Hall, filters carbon dioxide out of the air, and filters pollutants out of rainwater.

Interior and exterior materials were selected for their sustainability and maintainability, as well as their reuse content and their proximity to the site. Abundant natural light reduces the need for artificial light in the public and perimeter spaces.

Regents Hall is also the first major science facility designed with an emphasis on green chemistry, which uses water-based and nontoxic chemicals and reduces the amount of fume hoods needed. Because of the innovative strategies employed throughout the facility, Regents Hall saves enough energy each year to power 250 homes annually.

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11.7.2009
Center for Sciences LEEDs with Platinum

Beloit College's Center for the Sciences achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council. Holabird & Root and Beloit College closely collaborated throughout the design process to incorporate innovative, sustainable features throughout the facility.

The landscaping surrounding the facility is composed of plant species native to the area. A rain garden that consists of specially selected wetland plants forms a swale through which rainwater runoff from the area around the science facility is filtered and absorbed.

One third of the roof is a living, vegetated garden that provides added insulation to keep the facility cool during the summer and warm during the winter. A large concrete rainwater cistern collects and stores rainwater runoff from the science center roof, which is then used to water plants located in the greenhouse, reducing the need to pump, treat, and consume municipal water supplies.

The facility was designed to maximize the amount of time air spends in the building while still maintaining high quality indoor air. Air that enters a lab must be exhausted from the building for safety reasons, so the design first routes air through classrooms, hallways and study areas, then enters the labs at the end of its journey.

LEED certification serves as a national benchmark for environmentally sustainable construction by measuring the performance of a building in six critical areas: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

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11.5.2009
AIA Illinois Honors Dome Restoration

On November 5, 2009 the AIA Illinois Chapter recognized the restoration of the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany glass dome. The project received the Crombie Taylor Award, which recognizes a project that, through preservation and restoration, has enhanced the natural and built environment of a community.

The project was the culmination of 3 years of research, study, and construction by 80 architects, restoration specialists, and artisans. The restoration of the Tiffany dome reintroduced natural light into the space and created the opportunity to celebrate public culture within an urban center.

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10.30.2009
Holabird & Root Receives AIA Design Excellence Award

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized Holabird & Root's design of Beloit College's Center for the Sciences with a Design Excellence Honor Award in Interior Architecture. Holabird & Root Principal James Baird joined Beloit College's Brock Spencer and representatives from J.H. Findorff & Son and Klobucar in accepting the award at the AIA's Annnual DesignNight 2009.

Completed in 2008, the Center for Sciences is sited at the center of Beloit's campus, with a central space connecting two adjacent buildings. An AIA juror commented that "this connecting area's strategic location at the end of a street and its glass fagade provide a connection to the nearby river and other parts of campus, whether a visitor is in or outside of the building." Another juror remarked that the stacked stairs created an interior with a "very strong core and powerful geometry."

10.26.2009
Public Works Facility Recognized

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) honored Holabird & Root's design of the Village of Oak Park's Public Works Facility with an ASHRAE Society Level Technology Award, Honorable Mention. The Public Works Facility has already received ASHRAE awards at the local and regional levels.

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10.16.2009
Grinnell College Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Grinnell College's Noyce Science Center Phase II renovation and addition project received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level. Holabird & Root incorporated several sustainable features into their overall design including heat recovery on laboratory exhaust systems, motion sensors on fume hoods and lighting, rainwater collection for use in the greenhouse, energy-efficient windows, dual-flush toilets and low-flow lavatory fixtures, use of local and regional materials, and recycling construction waste. "Science buildings have very complex ventilation and technical systems," said Jim Swartz, director of the building project and Grinell Colleges Center for Science in the Liberal Arts, "so to receive a silver certification is especially rewarding because it recognizes the efforts to gain greater efficiencies and still remain true to our core purpose of creating a flexible and welcoming space for teaching and research." This is the second building that Holabird & Root has designed for Grinnell College that has achieved LEED certification. In 2006, Grinnell College's Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) education center became the first building in Iowa to receive the LEED certification at the Gold level.

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10.1.2009
Milobowski Promoted to Associate Level

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce that Amy Milobowski has been promoted to the associate level. "As a firm, we try to look for outstanding individuals that will shape the future of the firm and Amy is certainly one of those individuals," said Holabird & Root Principal Jim Miller.

Amy holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She became a licensed architect in 2003 and later became a LEED-Accredited Professional and Construction Documents Technology Certified. She became an architect because "architecture is a perfect combination of engineering and art."

Prior to joining Holabird & Root, Amy built a strong portfolio of work that included several municipal and education projects including several Chicago public schools. She has continued this work at Holabird & Root where she has led projects that include Namaste Charter Schools Renovation and Addition and the Preston Bradley Hall Dome Restoration and Renovation at the Chicago Cultural Center. When Amy is not tackling complex projects, she enjoys running, knitting, and playing soccer.

When asked about what this promotion meant to her, Amy quickly answered, "I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues for this promotion and I look forward to using my organizational skills and experience to support Holabird & Root's leadership team."

09.9.2009
SIUE Dedicates New Early Childhood Center

On September 9, 2009, Holabird & Root's Maria Segal and Jim Miller joined campus and community leaders in celebrating the dedication of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Early Childhood Center (ECC). The new facility offers new classroom, meeting, and resource center spaces for teachers, parents, and other involved adults from both the extended campus and community partnerships. One parent remarked that her daughter's experience made the renovation worthwhile because now "theres more teachers, more one-on-one activity."

08.25.2009
Finalists Chosen for Midewin Tallgrass Competition

Holabird & Root recently received the rare opportunity to be a part of a 100-year regional legacy. The legacy left by Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago was a celebration of regional, lakefront, and neighborhood public open space. As part of the Burnham Centennial, the Midewin Burnham Legacy Task Force sponsored a design competition that challenged firms to envision creative, sustainable, and cost-effective ways to make Midewin's resources available to the larger Chicago community. The 18,000-acre Midewin Tallgrass Prairie is the single largest open space in the Chicago metropolitan area and northeastern Illinois.

A jury that included the U.S. Forest Service, Openlands, the Burnham Centennial Committee, the Chicago Metro Section of the Illinois Chapter of APA, the Illinois Chapter of ASLA, and the Eastern Illinois Chapter of AIA selected Holabird & Root to create and present designs for two separate but integrated open-air, visitor/education areas.

The three finalists will have their designs showcased at the launch of a public involvement and capital fund-raising campaign during the fall of this Burnham Centennial year.

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08.24.2009
Public Works Center Earns LEED Gold

he Village of Oak Park's Public Works Center has earned a Gold rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Illinois' first public works facility to pursue LEED certification, the Public Works Center houses all of the functions of the public works and provides space for offices, shops, vehicle storage, a maintenance garage, and a fueling station. Holabird & Root was hired to design a new facility after the original Public Works Center was destroyed by fire.

Because of the size and the operations contained within the Center, the goal for the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification. By carefully considering the environmental impact of each decision the project team was able to earn enough points for LEED Gold certification. The 155,000-s.f. facility includes a 10,000-s.f. green roof garden that reduces storm-water run-off; high-efficiency lighting and plumbing strategies; provisions for solar water heater collectors; and ultra-efficient mechanical heating and cooling systems. The team created a healthy work environment by using low-emission paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and carpets throughout the facility. Large windows were designed to allow ample daylight into the interior of the building and increase employee productivity.

Working closely with the Village of Oak Park, the Community, and the Contractor the team designed a building that meets the needs of the Village employees and the Oak Park community.

07.22.2009
Flannery Apartments Re-Open After Devastating Fire

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) residents and community officials celebrated the reopening of the Flannery Senior Apartments after an 18-month, $16 million renovation completed by Holabird & Root.

On October 30, 1998, a severed gas main caused a devastating fire at the Thomas Flannery Senior Homes, forcing residents to evacuate their homes quickly and leaving the building vacant for several years. Holabird & Root was hired by the CHA to rehabilitate the building. The project included reworking the floor plan to accommodate 125 residential units, upgrading mechanical systems, and facade and site improvements.

At the reopening celebration, Holabird & Root architects presented a pictorial of the site's features including a solarium with views of the city's skyline, a vegetable and flower garden, an updated recreation room, and fully handicap-accessible kitchens and bathrooms.

Lewis Jordan, the CEO of the CHA said the project is a proud testament to CHA's Plan for Transformation, which is rebuilding and rehabilitating public housing units for families and seniors in Chicago.

07.21.2009
ASHRAE Recognizes Oak Park Public Works

Holabird & Root's design of the Oak Park Public Works facility was selected as the first place project for the 2008-2009 ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Technology Award in the Industrial Facilities category.

05.18.2009
Cook receives distinguished award

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association (UWMAA) Board of Trustees honored Principal Greg Cook with the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Business and Architecture. Cook was recognized at the Alumni Association Awards Program and Reception on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

"I am flattered to receive such recognition," said Cook. "I find it interesting how the lessons learned as a student continue to manifest themselves in professional life. I thank UWM and the School of Architecture for what the institution has meant to me and, as a result, the difference I am able to facilitate in others. I'm proud to be honored by an organization that does such fine work and develops great architects."

In 1966, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumnus Award to honor outstanding alumni of the University. Cook received the award for his "unyielding commitment to implementing highest design and business principles in his architectural firm, Holabird & Root, as well as in the world of architecture as a whole...and his pivotal role as a founder of the STAR Fund, which supports gifted and diverse students in UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning."

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04.24.2009
Segal Presents at NCCCC Conference

On April 24, 2009 Holabird & Root's Maria Segal joined with Rebecca Dabbs-Keyser from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) to present at the NCCCC (National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers).

Click here to view the presentation.

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02.25.2009
Tradeline website features science project

Tradeline today published an article about Grinnell College's Noyce Science Center, which was recently completed by Holabird & Root. The article discusses how changes in teaching pedagogy and the need for more space to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of programs, students, and faculty members led to the implementation of the project.

Click here to read the online article.

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01.16.2009
Office renovation achieves LEED Gold

The City of Chicago's Streets and Sanitation Office, recently renovated by Holabird & Root, achieved LEED Gold certification for its creative sustainable design solutions.

Respecting budget concerns while creating a functional and sustainable space requires innovation. Collaborating closely with the City of Chicago's project managers, the design team at Holabird & Root examined every budget decision for cost savings while ensuring the Streets and Sanitation office renovation met the client's goals. Refurbished kitchen cabinets were purchased on Ebay, an existing abandoned shaft was repurposed, and existing materials were reused.

In addition to saving money, the building was designed to encourage sustainable practices. The basement contains showers and bike racks so that employees can commute to work on their bikes. The completed renovation resulted in a LEED Gold certified project and a polished, professional space even though minimal and unconventional materials were used.

01.14.2009
St. Olaf receives energy award

St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences this week received Xcel Energy's Best-Integrated Design award from the company's Energy Design Assistance Program. The competition evaluated more than 100 projects completed between 2006 and 2008. The award was presented during a ceremony in Minneapolis on January 12, and it was accepted by representatives from Oscar J. Boldt Construction and Holabird & Root.

Regents Hall received the award for several reasons. Perhaps most importantly, the building team involved Xcel early in the design process, which helped create ideal orientation and envelope design and maximized the effects of "daylight harvesting." Xcel awarded the College $540,000 in cash incentives intended to fund the features that resulted in six gigawatt-hours of savings, along with significant natural gas savings.

The award also made note of the "great collaboration" of all participants on the St. Olaf project, including the College, the design team at Holabird & Root, the contractors, and Xcel Energy.

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01.11.2009
Mesik to present at ASHRAE Winter Conference

Holabird & Root Associate Jonathan Mesik, PE, CPD, LEED AP, and Doug Howery of Arizon-MarCraft will present a poster presentation at the 2009 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on January 27. The presentation will be based on their paper "Energy Conservation at the Oak Park Public Works Center," which will be published in ASHRAE Transactions in February.

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01.7.2009
Oak Park Public Works Facility featured online

The Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility is featured in an article on greenbeanchicago.com, an online news source that is dedicated to advancing responsible development through Green building in Chicago. The article discusses the sustainable aspects of the new facility.

The project is in the process of filing the correct paperwork to achieve LEED gold certification, and if that status is awarded, the building will become Illinois' first municipal public works facility to earn a LEED certification.

Click here to view the online article.

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12.8.2008
Waubonsee Community College featured in construction publication

The Waubonsee Community College Science Building, completed by Holabird & Root in 2006, is featured in the 2008 Illinois Edition of Real Estate & Construction Review. The article describes how the new science building was designed to meet the needs of current and future students.

Click here to view the article.

12.8.2008
DCD features sustainable public works facility

The Oak Park Public Works Facility is featured in the November/December 2008 issue of Design Cost Data (DCD) magazine.

The article discusses how Holabird & Root worked with the Village of Oak Park to design a sustainable facility to meet the needs of the community. The Oak Park Public Works Facility is currently seeking LEED Gold certification, which would make it the first public works facility to earn any level of LEED certification.

Click here to view the article.

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12.4.2008
Tiffany Dome chosen as project of the year

Midwest Construction recently selected the winners of their Best of 2008 competition, and they chose Holabird & Root's Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany Dome project as the Renovation/Restoration Project of the Year.

This annual contest recognizes excellence in commercial construction and design in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Eastern Missouri. The jury awarded projects based on key criteria, such as overall quality, project management, teamwork, and service. The winners were featured in the December issue of Midwest Construction and honored at an awards luncheon in Chicago.

In June, Holabird & Root completed the Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany Dome restoration at the Chicago Cultural Center. This project celebrates Chicago's finest example of the high decorative arts of the 1890s and emphasizes the era's cultural richness. The Cultural Center's other stained glass dome, the Healy and Millet dome, in the G.A.R. Rotunda, is tentatively scheduled for restoration next year.

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12.3.2008
LEED project featured online

REJournals.com features an article about St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, located in Northfield, Minnesota. The article discusses the sustainable features that elevated the building to a potential LEED Platinum certification. Regents Hall is the first science facility in the United States designed to add water-based reactions to decrease lab waste and the need for air conditioning.

12.1.2008
Public Works Facility to receive award

Holabird & Root will be honored on December 9, 2008, by the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE. Associate Jonathan Mesik will accept a 2008 Excellence in Engineering Award for the Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility.

The project is in the process of filing the correct paperwork to achieve LEED Gold certification, and if that status is awarded, the building will become Illinois' first municipal public works facility to earn a LEED certification.

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11.7.2008
Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge receives AIA award

Holabird & Root was honored by receiving a 2008 AIA Illinois Honor Award on November 6 for the Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge project.

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11.5.2008
Opus Landmark of Lake Forest receives award

The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) selected Phase II of the Opus Landmark of Lake Forest project as a 2008 Award Winner for Suburban Office Development of the Year.

Click here for more information about the award.

11.2.2008
First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield receives award

Holabird & Root was honored on November 1 by receiving the Illinois Indiana Masonry Council Craftsmanship Award for the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield.

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11.2.2008
Dominican University receives award

Holabird & Root was honored on November 1 by receiving the Illinois Indiana Masonry Council Silver Award for the Dominican University Parmer Hall project.

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10.28.2008
Holabird & Root unveils new logo

Holabird & Root today introduced a new logo as part of a larger branding strategy.

At Holabird & Root, our work has withstood the test of time because our commitment to innovative design and collaboration has remained constant throughout our history. Throughout the last century, we have built a heritage of lasting designs. While we are proud of our past, we do not dwell on it.

In keeping with this, we have created a new identity to let people know that while we are proud of our past, we are constantly looking to the future. Our new logo combines an appreciation of our heritage with a forward-thinking vision, establishing a nod to the past with a modern interpretation.

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10.22.2008
Licensed Architect features Holabird & Root projects

Licensed Architect featured two of Holabird & Root's projects in their Fall 2008 issue.

The first project, which also appears on the magazine cover, is the Drake University Olin Hall Renovation and Addition, a science facility that Holabird & Root redesigned to be more appealing to both teachers and students by giving it a fresh, new entrance. Completed in 2006, Olin Hall is now a state-of-the-art facility that supports the University's commitment to versatility and experimentation.

Also featured is the Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall Dome Restoration, a project that is the result of over three years of research and study by 80 architects, restoration specialists, and artisans. The restoration was completed in June 2008 and ensures that Preston Bradley Hall will remain a favorite destination for Chicago social and cultural events.

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10.17.2008
Lake View Presbyterian Church receives award

Holabird & Root was honored by receiving a Landmarks Illinois' Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2008 Preservation Award on October 17 for the historic exterior restoration of Lake View Presbyterian Church.

10.7.2008
Beloit College Center for the Sciences to be dedicated

Interim President Dick Niemiec and Board of Trustees Chair Jim Sanger of Beloit College will host a dedication ceremony for the new Center for the Sciences on Friday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m., in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.

Designed by Holabird & Root, the new, 117,000-s.f. building houses the biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and computer science, physics and astronomy, and psychology departments. Specialty spaces include a greenhouse and animal facilities. Beloit College and Holabird & Root have a goal of obtaining a Silver Level certification for the new building, as quantified by the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

10.2.2008
Baird to present at SCUP conference

Principal James Baird and Dr. Brock Spencer of Beloit College will present "Supporting the Pedagogy: Science Facilities that Embody Today's Science Teaching" at the SCUP 2008 North Central Regional Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 20.

10.1.2008
St. Olaf College to dedicate new science building

St. Olaf College will dedicate its newest building, Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, during a ceremony on Saturday, October 4. Designed by Holabird & Root, the new facility will provide new classrooms, tiered lecture rooms, research and teaching laboratories, and offices while consolidating the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and mathematics. The facility also includes a greenhouse, an accessible green roof, and a science library.

St. Olaf College and Holabird & Root have a goal of obtaining a Platinum Level certification for the new building, as quantified by the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This facility is the first major science facility in the country designed with an emphasis on "green chemistry," a developing trend that seeks to minimize the need for hazardous chemicals in lab experiments. As a result, the building has significantly fewer fume hoods than the old science building, thus furthering the College's ongoing theme of environmental sustainability.

Click here for more information about the science center dedication.

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10.1.2008
Grinnell College to dedicate science center

On October 3 and 4, Grinnell College will dedicate an innovative science teaching building named for one of its most notable graduates, the late Robert N. Noyce '49, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel Corp. The new science center, designed by Holabird & Root, includes state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories that allow students and faculty to transition smoothly from classroom to lab, as well as individual study to group work.

"Grinnell has, over the past two decades, committed itself to curricular innovation and success in science education," said President Russell K. Osgood. "We now have the first-rate facilities to support this exemplary academic program that has graduated scientists who have made a difference in their fields of scholarship and research."

Grinnell College's proven approach to science teaching and learning has earned the college recognition from practicing scientists, researchers at other academic institutions, and various funding sources.

Click here for more information about the science center dedication.

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09.26.2008
New wellness center groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of the Winona State University Integrated Wellness Center took place yesterday. Members of the Holabird & Root design team attended to show their support.

It has taken 10 years of careful planning to bring this project to realization, representing a unique collaboration that brings the state, students, and community together on a project that is expected to ultimately benefit everyone.

"It's taken an entire community to bring this to realization," WSU President Judith Ramaley said at the ceremony. "Thank you for believing in our shared purpose."

The new, 78,000-s.f. Center will seamlessly integrate academic disciplines with student life and development departments and athletic programs. The facility will include an indoor fitness track; cardiovascular fitness and strength-training facilities; gymnasiums; aerobics classrooms; a health services clinic; a counseling center; a health education and resource center; experiential learning labs and classrooms; and faculty and administrative offices. Holabird & Root designed the Center to achieve LEED certification at the Silver level.

09.25.2008
Toward a Livable City

Holabird & Root employee Adam Ferrari wrote an article featured in the online magazine "The Footprint," titled Toward a Livable City. The article discusses how recent economic pitfalls have caused the citizens of Rochester, Minnesota, and cities across the country, to become better stewards of the environment and work toward a livable city.

Ferrari, a volunteer with the Minnesota Design Team and a member of the Livable Rochester board of directors, works in the architecture department at Holabird & Root.

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09.8.2008
Cultural Center project receives preservation award

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks selected Holabird & Root's Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration project to receive the 2008 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence. This award honors outstanding projects that involve notable improvements to individual Chicago Landmarks or to buildings within Chicago Landmark Districts.

In June, Holabird & Root completed the Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany dome restoration at the Chicago Cultural Center. This project celebrates Chicago's finest example of the high decorative arts of the 1890s and emphasizes the era's cultural richness. The Cultural Center's other stained glass dome, the Healy and Millet dome, in the G.A.R. Rotunda, is tentatively scheduled for restoration next year.

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08.1.2008
Holabird & Root races for literacy

Holabird & Root participated in the eighth annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in Ping Tom Park on Saturday, July 26. Proceeds from the race will go to the Chicago Public School system's Office of Culture and Diversity in the Chicago Board of Education to help promote culture and diversity in Chicago's schools.

Chicago's Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosted the Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and American Family Insurance.

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07.14.2008
Western Michigan University featured in DCD article

The Western Michigan University New Chemistry Building project is featured in the July/August 2008 issue of Design Cost Data (DCD) magazine.

07.13.2008
Baird & Miller to attend SCUP conference in Montreal

Principal James Baird and Principal Jim Miller will attend the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) annual international conference in Montreal from July 19 through July 23.

07.13.2008
Holabird & Root to present at LHAT convention

Principal Greg Cook and Preservation Group Leader Mary Brush will present "The Envelope, Please" at the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) convention in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 17

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07.1.2008
Holabird & Root supports school fundraising event

Representatives from Holabird & Root attended Soaring Eagle Academy's first Gala, Let the Eagle Soar, on June 29, to support their efforts to raise enough money to open their not-for-profit school.

Mark Montana, senior vice president of CresaPartners, helped Soaring Eagle Academy (SEA) locate a space for their school, and he suggested that they include Holabird & Root in the development team. Over the last several months, Holabird & Root has been working pro bono with SEA to help them understand their new building and how it can support the organization's mission. Through their Graphics Department, Holabird & Root provided exceptional computer-generated renderings and organizational diagrams to assist SEA in visually analyzing the structural and spatial suitability of their facility. These renderings and diagrams were also used to create marketing materials to assist with SEA's fundraising efforts.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Soaring Eagle Academy," said Holabird & Root Project Designer Maria Segal. "This project has the potential to make a dramatic difference in SEA's families' lives and break new ground in the design of therapeutic and educational settings for a substantial number of children."

Soaring Eagle Academy will be a model DIR School for 5- to 21-year-old students with autism and related disorders. It's a safe, nurturing environment where teachers, therapeutic professionals, and families come together to promote development of the whole child.

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06.26.2008
Chicago Cultural Center Tiffany dome restoration complete

Holabird & Root today completed the Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany dome restoration at the Chicago Cultural Center. This project celebrates Chicago's finest example of the high decorative arts of the 1890s and emphasizes the era's cultural richness. It was a fantastic project involving over 60 artisans and consultants.

"The beauty of restoration is the celebration of the past, of the paths that we, and our ancestors, have taken to create physical space, as well as the perpetuation of the crafts and talents that we have brought along the way," said Project Manager and Preservation Group Leader Mary Brush. "The Tiffany dome restoration was a truly remarkable project. The Preston Bradley Hall will become a favorite destination place in Chicago for cultural and social events. It is the architectural embodiment of our history, our present, and our potential for the future."

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of General Services retained Holabird & Root to be the architects of the Preston Bradley Hall Dome restoration in 2004, and the project has been a four-year effort of research, study, and construction.

The building was originally designed as the Chicago Public Library, with the Preston Bradley Hall as the delivery room. In 1971, the building became the home for the Chicago Cultural Center, which Holabird & Root restored.

The goal of the library design was to create large, open, luminous spaces to capitalize on natural lighting. The monumental windows brought in the light and the glass mosaics reflected it. The Tiffany glass dome, the largest in the world, celebrated the light.

The restoration work included the reintroduction of natural light to the dome with the replacement of the 1930s-era concrete dome. The glass was removed, restored, and reinstalled in its original configuration. The return to natural sky lighting allows the textural and color richness of Tiffany glass to radiate.

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06.9.2008
Holabird & Root buildings inspire new carpet collection

Bigelow Commercial Carpets recently introduced its Landmark Collection, a portfolio of two woven patterns that were designed in partnership with Holabird & Root. The design was inspired by details taken from prominent Holabird & Root buildings. One of the inspirational buildings is the Monroe Building in downtown Chicago, which is currently being renovated and restored by Holabird & Root. Another inspirational building is the Chicago Board of Trade, designed by Holabird & Root in 1930.

The introduction of the two running line patterns is part of an ongoing collaboration between Bigelow Commercial Carpets and Holabird & Root. They are currently in the process of designing six custom patterns.

04.28.2008
Holabird & Root announces 3 promotions

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce that three staff members have been promoted to the associate level. This includes Andrea Caputo from the interior design department; Brett Gorden from the mechanical engineering department; and Gregory Marinelli from the architectural department.

"These individuals have made significant contributions to Holabird & Root's success through their talent, commitment, and ability to work closely as a team," said Greg Cook, Principal. "Both the firm and our clients will benefit from their continued leadership on projects and within the office."

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03.27.2008
St. Olaf College science facility featured online

The Portland Cement Association's website features an article about St. Olaf College's New Science Complex. The article discusses the steps the project team took to achieve their goal of obtaining LEED Certification at the Platinum level.

Click here for a link to the Portland Cement Association's online article.

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02.20.2008
Brush joins Holabird & Root as new preservation group leader

Holabird & Root is pleased to announce that Mary Brush has joined the firm's staff as the preservation group leader. She is based in the Chicago office.

"The addition of Mary Brush, with her unsurpassed preservation credentials, further strengthens the reputation of Holabird & Root as a leader in full building services, from new design through restoration," said Greg Cook, principal of Holabird & Root. "As one of the founding firms of Chicago's architectural heritage, with a continuous practice of over 128 years and a portfolio exceeding fifteen thousand buildings, Holabird & Root should be the first name that historic building owners consider."

Brush comes to Holabird & Root from Klein and Hoffman, Inc., where she specialized in the technical elements of building preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration. Projects of note in Chicago include the restoration of the exterior walls of Holabird & Roche's Monroe Building, Louis Sullivan's Gage Building, and the exterior walls of Burnham and Root's Rookery Building.

"I am thrilled to join the talents of such a legendary firm as Holabird & Root," said Mary. "The opportunity to further develop the technical preservation and restoration design portfolio of the company will be a fantastic experience."

Brush is the 2005 laureate of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, a professional honor for which one American architect is chosen every two years to meet and work with restoration architects and professionals throughout France for six months. The fellowship is an exchange of information, techniques, and professional practices of architects and practitioners in the preservation fields of each country. Brush is fluent in French, and when she's not scaling tall buildings, she enjoys sailing, rowing, and swimming.

01.22.2008
Oak Park Public Works Facility receives APWA award

Holabird & Root was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on January 22 by the Suburban Branch of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Associate Principal Ernie Wagner accepted a 2008 Project of the Year Award for the Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility.

The project is in the process of filing the correct paperwork to achieve LEED Gold certification, and if that status is awarded, the building will become Illinois' first municipal public works facility to earn a LEED certification.Oak Park Public Works Facility receives APWA award

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11.25.2007
Holabird & Root office featured in DCD magazine

The Holabird & Root Office Headquarters and Design Studios project is featured in the November/December 2007 issue of Design Cost Data (DCD) magazine.

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Drake-olin

11.9.2007
Drake University receives an ALA award

Holabird & Root was honored at the ALA Design Awards Banquet on November 9 with an Award of Merit for the Drake University Olin Hall Renovation and Addition.

Drake University commissioned Holabird & Root to renovate the second floor of Olin Hall, and a three-story atrium was added to the building to give it a stronger presence on campus. These changes transform the building into an inviting facility that draws students in.

11.9.2007
AIA Chicago award featured in Architecture Week

Architecture Week online features an article about the 2007 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards. The article discusses the Sustainable Design Award that AIA Chicago presented to Holabird & Root for Grinnell College's Conard Environmental Research Education Center.

Click here for a link to the Architecture Week online article.

Jahaward

11.7.2007
John Holabird, Jr., receives AIA Lifetime Achievement Award

AIA Chicago honored John Holabird, Jr., FAIA, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Designight 2007, held at Navy Pier on Friday, October 26, 2007. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, introduced a documentary film by Karen Carter about John's life and presented him with the award. This is only the second Lifetime Achievement Award that the Chicago AIA has given in recognition of a person whose career and life have enriched the architecture profession.

John Holabird, Jr., has had a wide positive influence on the architecture profession, especially by mentoring young architects. "John is more than a great architect," said Principal James Baird, FAIA. "He is an inspiration to everyone he has touched. His integrity and statesmanlike demeanor with clients are matched by his sheer joy of working on a team."