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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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.


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. 

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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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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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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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.

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Holabird & Root, Root, Roots for the Cubbies!

The Holabird & Root team descended on Wrigley Field yesterday to support our very own Jim Miller as he threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game against the Yankees at 1:20pm. Miller sported a 1937 throwback Cubs jersey in celebration of the year that Holabird & Root designed the bleachers and hand-operated scoreboard. Incidentally, this pitch took place over the same series marking Derek Jeter's final appearance at the Friendly Confines and the Cubs presented Jeter with a No.2 from the iconic scoreboard.


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Holabird & Root Named As CBC Award Finalist

Holabird & Root was honored as a finalist for the latest Rightpoint Consulting office buildout at the Chicago Building Congress Awards held on Thursday, May 15th. Andrea Caputo and Cory Kamholz both served as project designers for the space and were both in attendance. Rightpoint Consulting is a return client for H&R, after hiring the firm to complete their first office redesign back in 2010.

“The Rightpoint office buildout is the purest example of what we preach to our clients in terms of workplace strategies.” Kamholtz is referring to the freedom to incorporate new solutions that meet the needs of today’s companies. Rightpoint’s many settings reflect the more collaborative, generational style of working necessary throughout so many large-scale projects. The access to natural light is both an energy and health-friendly incorporation. The installation of flexible furniture allows the space to morph into what the team members need: altogether, an environment capable of adapting to its team’s requirements.

Caputo is curretnly working on interior design for Rightpoint's Michigan satellite office, giving that office the same branding and finishes as the Chicago office.


Holabird & Root Announces Internal Promotions

Holabird & Root is happy to congratulate Jan Behounek, Noel Davis and Tom Harrison on their recent promotions within the company. H&R is proud to employ such committed and talented team members.

Jan Behounek, AIA, LEED AP, CDT - Jan was recently promoted to Associate Principal for her longstanding tenure with Holabird & Root and the high quality of innovative work she produces on a project by project basis. As one of the company’s Project Managers, Jan is respected for her strong leadership skills and considerable experience in facilitating smooth and successful jobs.

Noel Davis, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C - Noel was recently promoted to Associate in recognition of his dedication and company tenure, he is esteemed as Holabird & Root’s lead Planning Analyst. 

Tom Harrison, SE, PE, AIA, LEED AP - Tom was recently promoted to Associate as Holabird & Root’s lead structural engineer, his 28 years in the industry make him a highly valuable asset to the firm.

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H&R Celebrates Groundbreaking for The Mills

Holabird & Root has joined forces with Three Corners Development for a new riverfront development, Riverbend Commons, that will transform a parcel of land along the Mississippi River into an economic hub for the Quad Cities area. The 15.5-acre Riverbend Commons site is located near the Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus, where Holabird & Root has another project underway. H&R attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 23 for the for a student housing portion of the project, known as The Mills. This housing commission is unique in that this development is a private establishment with the city of Moline, not university-owned. The Mills will be open for student housing in August to any area college student. The housing is expected to serve students from WIU, Augustana and Trinity alike. Phase I and II of the Riverbend Commons master plan provides housing solutions for surrounding area students, as well as retail, dining, and recreational options featuring both local and national brands. Phase III is less defined at this time to allow for flexibility in responding to future market needs. Potential components such as educational, financial, and healthcare facilities are proposed to create a holistic experience for the residents of Moline. In attendance at The Mills groundbreaking ceremony from Holabird & Root were Architects Jan Behounek, Anne Strane, and Project Planner Noel Davis. Read more highlights about The Mills here:

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East West University Celebrates New Student Life Center

Hlabird & Root was pleased to be a part of the Grand Opening of the new Student Life Center. In attendance was Principal in Charge-Jeff Case, Project Architect-Greg Grunloh, and Project Coordinator-Jamison McBride. Holabird & Root participated as a sponsor of the even as well. 

Our firm recently completed the design and oversaw the construction of the new Student Life Center.  This design-build project produced a multi-story tower that expresses openness by blending the environs of the site with the academic experience inside the building. High visibility is key in the firm’s design approach to strive for mutual interaction. The “marquee” of the building - a glass column that flows from the 2nd to 17th floor - showcases activities in the vertical student lounge to the city. Instead of presenting itself as an ivory tower, the new Student Life Center at East-West University offers inviting social space to engage the surrounding communities.

By offering an immersive experience of the city, the new Student Life Center turns the surrounding cityscape into an extension of the classroom. The dormitories on the upper floors are designed so that every single room has a view of the city and the lake. Almost all usable spaces in the building have views to the city and lake as well, as a result of the recessed walls and the heavy use of glass panels. With facilities such as a library, student support spaces, computer labs, an auditorium, and athletic center, the Student Life Center creates a holistic educational experience with all the civic and cultural resources downtown Chicago has to offer.

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Holabird & Root Celebrates Wrigley Field Centennial

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

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

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Holabird & Root Wins Excellence Award for Renovation

Holabird & Root congratulates the team that worked on the University of Chicago Midway Studios Renovation for winning the 2014 Preservation Excellence Award in Exterior Rehabilitation from the city of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. This historical renovation took place over 4 years and carries historical significance as the home base of famous sculptor Laredo Taft. The rehabilitation included a complete re-roofing and skylight renovation, exterior restoration and tuck-pointing, a completely reconstructed north entry porch from historic photos, and a new west entry from the Logan Center designed to keep in the same spirit as the historic east entry. Holabird team members included Greg Cook, Greg Grunloh, Jan Behounek, Jamison McBride, and Matt Blewitt.

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Holabird & Root Breaks Ground at the New Addition to ChicagoCAC

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

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

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Holabird & Root Announces Passing of Michael Pancost, AIA

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

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

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




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Holabird & Root Adds Chief Structural Engineer

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


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Monroe Building Receives 2013 Merit Award

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

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

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

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Holabird & Root Commissioned for New Science Center

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

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Join Holabird & Root For Open House Chicago 2013

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

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

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

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



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Holabird & Root Receives Two CBC Merit Awards

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

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

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

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Monroe Building Honored

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

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


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Q&A with Greg Grunloh

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

You can find the whole story here:

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Michael Pancost Gets Honorable Mention

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

A link to the competition can be found here:

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Rusty Walker to Present at East-West University

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

Click here for more information:

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Plano Awarded ALA Design Award

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

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

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

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WIU Celebrates Phase II Groundbreaking

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

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

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

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Monroe Building Bestowed Driehaus Award

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

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

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Holabird & Root Awarded City Development Project

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

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Waubonsee Plano Building in DCD Magazine

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


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Monroe Building Featured in Crain’s

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

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Holabird & Root Attends Mission to China

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

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Renovation Project Wins Downtown Award

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

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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Plano Classroom Featured on

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

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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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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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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:

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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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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.


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.

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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.


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:

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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.


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.

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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.

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.

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.


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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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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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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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."

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.


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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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."

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."

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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).

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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.


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.

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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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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Oak Park Public Works Facility featured online

The Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility is featured in an article on, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LEED project featured online 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.

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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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