Chicago Public School’s Audubon School celebrates the completion of a student-focused landscape design with new site amenities and sustainable features at a ribbon-cutting attended by it students, teachers, and local dignitaries including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
TKB is the architect for recently opened new clinics and enhanced pre-surgical areas for Stroger Hospital, Cook County’s major public hospital, increasing utilization by incorporating specialty clinics into previously underused space. The recent opening of these new clinics allows for the planned demolition of the County’s Fantus building and opening of a new building housing clinics and administrative offices on the same healthcare campus.
For the third year in a row, TKB is participating in Harold Washington College’s Aon Scholars Program, which matches outstanding community college students with Chicago firms affiliated with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. This summer, TKB welcomed accounting student Maryam Hajipour. Maryam’s enthusiasm for learning and hard work bode well for a successful future career!
In honor of the holiday season, TKB made an employee-directed donation to the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. ChicagoCAC is a long term client, for whom TKB has worked on multiple facility renovations and their recent building addition (see link to: PBC/CCAC project). TKB believes in the ChicagoCAC mission, and previously made in-kind donations of conference chairs and tables to help furnish their expanded facility.
ChicagoCAC provides a safe place for children and their families to report abuse and to heal. Their holistic approach is an example to other communities and organizations. We appreciate the hard work and caring demonstrated by the ChicagoCAC, and are delighted to share with them.
You can also check out our project with ChicagoCAC here.
Photos: (top left) Char Rivette, Executive Director – ChicagoCAC & Paula McKendry, Interior Designer – TKB
(top right) Char Rivette with TKB Team (photo credit: Trevor Peterson, Chief External Affairs Officer – ChicagoCAC)
The Joint Commission has evolved over the years into a collaborative partner with its member institutions to pioneer and implement safety procedures and standardize accreditation. Any remodeling effort had to support this evolution and the cross disciplinary manner in which the organization now works. TKB became a partner to the staff as design decisions were evaluated and chosen. An extensive change management initiative heightened understanding and anticipation of the forthcoming redesign.
Special emphasis was placed on clarity of circulation. Stepping off of the elevators on any floor, all activity on the floor starts at the “elbow” where the wings of the building meet and an informal pantry joins large conference spaces for both informal and structured collaboration. From the elbow, broad main street circulation extends along each wing of the building, flanked by enclosed meeting, training and project rooms, and opens to the large, daylight-filled staff work areas. By grouping large collaborative spaces together near the elbow, reinforcing circulation and providing alternate venues for focused work at the ends of the building, the remodeling addresses both collaborative and individual work.
Infrastructure upgrades include a more resilient network, necessary for mobility, and new LED lighting throughout which has reduced power consumption from over three watts per square foot to 0.5 watts, with anticipated savings in excess of $65,000 annually plus a corresponding reduction in cooling costs. Existing fan power and VAV terminal boxes are replaced with smaller, more efficient and quieter units, increasing local control and addressing acoustical issues. Life safety systems and building automation systems were also completely updated.
Of particular interest is the redesign of the boardroom accommodating 42 board members surrounded by gallery seating. The room was planned to enhance visibility between board members and maximize visual and audio acuity for presentations, internal dialogue, and remote participation and, consistent with the planning throughout, emphasized transparency and natural light.