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Holabird & Root Joins Architects Advocate

Since the launching of Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change, Holabird & Root has joined forces with other leading Architecture firms in Chicago and around the country, to be a voice that supports meaningful legislation/policy to mitigate climate change.

Consisting of over 112 architecture and design firms, primarily from Chicago, that are speaking out publicly to end climate control, Architects Advocate is tasked with supporting healthy spaces and livable cities, and guide action towards responsible communities.

Within the last century, the U.S. has seen 14 out of the 15 warmest years on record. With the irreversible impacts of climate change overshadowing other environmental threats, this is the one issue where we can band together to have a positive impact on the built environment. Multiple studies have shown that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are due to human activities. With architects’ commitment to designing responsibly, we can secure the future for coming generations.

It is the goal of Holabird & Root to contribute positively to a healthy and sustainable built environment.

For more information about Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change, please visit


Holabird & Root Completes Northwestern Academy Renovations

Holabird & Root recently completed the 6,600-SF renovation of the 16th Floor of Northwestern University's Abbott Hall to serve Northwestern Academy.

Northwestern Academy is an enrichment program developed by the University to serve academically talented and motivated students from Chicago Public Schools.  The renovation includes classroom space, student study space, reception, and staff office space. One 48-student classroom and two 24-student classrooms were created.  Each classroom is fitted with cutting edge digital display technology that uses a touchscreen interface to facilitate student interaction.  Study areas include a variety of seating types and access to digital displays, whiteboard, and pin-up space for collaboration and study sessions outside of the classroom.  

Six faculty/staff offices, a conference room, a small number of meeting rooms for faculty to meet with students and parents, and reception space were also included in the project.

Holabird & Root conducted visioning sessions with the University and students from Northwestern Academy to arrive at a shared vision for the project.

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Holabird & Root Announces the Passing of Ernie Wagner

It is with great sorrow that Holabird & Root announces the passing of Associate Principal Ernie Wagner, AIA, LEED AP.   

Ernie spent over 35 years with Holabird & Root, providing invaluable leadership to the firm.  He was one of the firm's most accomplished project managers.  Ernie led and provided mentorship to Holabird & Root's group of science and laboratory planners and designers since the early 1980s. He contributed to many of the firm's landmark projects, including St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Beloit College's Center for the Sciences, Grinnell College's Noyce Science Center, and many others.  Additionally, he was actively involved in a number of organizations, ranging from the American Institute of Architects, Project Kaleidoscope, and more.  His passion for architecture, the insights he provided, and his joy for working with clients and mentoring colleagues will be missed.