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May, 2021

May 2021 – University of Illinois and Urbana Champaign Education Building

Renovation on the University of Illinois’s Education Building on the Urbana Champaign campus bring much-needed updates to building services in a fifty-six-year-old structure.  The project replaced aging elevators and renovated toilet rooms to new accessibility and diversity standards.  TKB’s work first developed a scope of work to fit within the available funds and priorities, reviewing potential scope models with the project team’s cost estimator and University’s Facilities and Services Department.  The final scope focused on expanding women’s restrooms, creating a new all-gender toilet room, and replacing both building elevators in phased construction. Vertical transportation is now fully accessible and updated, and the new women’s and all-gender toilet rooms are code-compliant, accessible, and better matched to current student demographics.

Maintaining functional use of the building throughout construction was the most significant project challenge, requiring consecutive modernization of the north and south elevators. Continuous access to an operating elevator and toilet rooms was achieved by overlaying two critical path tracks for long elevator lead times and the toilet room renovations.

May 2021 – City of Chicago, 2 North LaSalle Office Consolidation

TKB has completed its work on a fast-paced City of Chicago office consolidation project. The project allowed the City of Chicago to right size its space to meet its current and future requirements. The approximately 220,000 square foot office space, spread over eleven floors, includes ample shared meeting spaces, more huddle rooms and fewer private offices, and offices that are efficiently designed for function.  The projects consolidates City offices from multiple locations.

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Small group huddle rooms are embedded into departments to enhance collaborative teaming and to accommodate video calls and quiet work.  All floors have large conference rooms with updated audiovisual capability and break rooms for informal gathering, and there is a shared conference center for larger events and receptions.  Access to daylight is emphasized for all employees.  The project mixes new and reused furniture: conference room, workstation, and office furniture is new – fitted to the updated standards – while existing storage components are primarily reused.

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Designed to meet LEED Silver requirements, the project provides the City with modernized offices featuring newly efficient lighting, more daylight access, and greater collaborative space, all delivered within a modest budget.  TKB was a subconsultant to Johnson Lasky Kindelin on this project.

To see more photos of this project, click here.

 

Apr, 2021

TKB Newsletter – April 23rd, 2021 – Returning to Work: Redesigning the office Post-Covid

For the past year, remote working has become the “norm” for many, resulting in many major shake ups in how business is conducted. With numerous Covid vaccines now available, the serious questions are ‘how do we return to the workspace safely?’ and ‘what will be different?’. To answer, we must first look at how Working From Home and the pandemic have changed priorities and opinions about the workplace.

Remote working and WFH have significantly accelerated the shift from a workplace-centric to a workercentric approach, away from cost-revenue based designs aimed at getting the most workstations per square foot to designs meant to enhance the overall employee experience. Worker safety is the top priority. Safety factors include air quality and filtration, safety procedures, overall office cleanliness, and density; these are key factors in providing a sense of security that promotes worker well-being, happiness, and productivity. Equally important, employees are looking for a sense of belonging, community, and productive purpose; it matters whether the work they are completing from their living room desk is meaningful and  contributes to a broader goal.  While promoting safety from Covid, WFH has numerous downsides. Workers may struggle with a sense of isolation and disconnection from social engagement, collaboration, and productivity

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What do these priorities and concerns mean for the office? They present us with an opportunity to re-examine and re-design the workspace in a fundamental way. As architects, we are freed to creatively design for safe, flexible office plans that promote productivity and a shared sense of community whether in-person or remote. Hybrid offices allowing for both in-person and remote access are evolving. The primary function of the office may shift to a collaborative space, while individual desks would serve as plug-in stations and resource access. With the increased shift to remote-work,  hoteling will increase, freeing up space and costs, allowing for ever- greater focus on improvements that promote seamless collaborative communication. A successful office will be flexible, multipurpose and multi-modal. The act of working no longer occurs in a specific place; offices will reflect and further facilitate this change.


ARTICLES & RESOURCES

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/01/has-the-pandemic-transformed-the-office-forever

https://www.steelcase.com/research/topics/work-better/

https://www.hermanmiller.com/research/categories/white-papers/whats-the-future-of-the-office/

https://www.allsteeloffice.com/insights/blog/rethinking-administrative-workplace

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2021/01/24/what-people-want-what-leaders-get-wrong-and-how-to-be-more-right/

https://allwork.space/2021/01/future-of-work-from-a-workplace-centric-to-a-worker-centric-world/

https://fortune.com/2021/01/31/how-offices-will-change-after-coronavirus-return-to-office-after-covid-19/

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/covid19-coronavirus-change-office-work-homeworking-remote-design/

https://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Creating-Healthy-Workplaces-Means-Promoting-Happiness–19158

https://facilityexecutive.com/2021/01/post-pandemic-workplace-bright-light-plant-filled/

Illinois Capital Development Board Announces Design Firm for Rebuild Illinois Funded Renovation of State Armory Building

Tilton, Kelly + Bell is excited to be a part of this exciting new project with the Illinois Capital Development Board!

To read more about it, please visit the Capital Development Board’s website.

Dec, 2020

December 2020 – UIC Outpatient Care Center

TKB delivered design services for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Outpatient Care Center. Simple in concept, the project involved the replacement of a tile floor which had failed that covered public corridors on all four floors of the building.  TKB studied various replacement materials; UIC decided upon terrazzo, the preferred but more costly option, for the major public areas including the adjoining public bridge. Upper floors utilized a high-performing resilient flooring material.

  

The complexities of the project involved noisy and dusty demolition of old tile in a medical building operating six days a week.  With a team effort among the contractor, UIC’s project manager, and TKB, most demolition work occurred after hours, and the project was phased to retain the necessary pathways to exits and the adjoining hospital.   Construction documents outlined stringent protection, separation, public access, and exit requirements throughout the course of the project.

The public corridor changes adhered closely to the building’s original design concept, with simple patterns for the terrazzo and flooring designs.

Happy Holidays From TKB!

Happy Holidays from the TKB Team to you and yours!

Jun, 2020

TKB Newsletter – June 22, 2020 – Wayfinding and Signage

COVID-19 has forced companies and individuals everywhere to adapt, creating new procedures and guidelines for everything from wearing a mask to safely navigating a business. Now comes the new challenge of communicating these measures in an easy to understand way. Signage is a simple and effective way to share your message but can easily be muddled by poor text, graphics, or placement. Listed below are a few simple strategies to keep in mind when creating your own signage.

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Visit the CDC website below for general guidelines on social distancing. Re-opening strategies as recommended by the CDC post the pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/activepeoplehealthynation/strategies-to-increase-physical-activity/prompts-to-encourage-physical-activity.html

 

Industry Solutions:

Effective Wayfinding and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Signage for Hospitals, Health Systems, and Medical Centers

How Brands Are Revamping Their Logos and Taglines During COVID-19

https://www.cgdetroit.com/post-covid-signage/

Hospital Wayfinding Program at Kaleida Hospital

 

May, 2020

TKB Newsletter – May 26, 2020 – Movement After COVID

You’ve set safe strategies for returning to work within the office. What about the building as a whole? Most office spaces reside in commercial buildings with shared amenities; and building owners and landlords now face the tremendous task of ensuring the safe use and occupancy of common areas such as lobbies, elevators, and lounges. Listed below are a few simple strategies to maintain safety in your building post pandemic.

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Visit the CDC website below for general guidelines on social distancing. Re-opening strategies as recommended by the CDC post the pandemic:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/workplace-decision-tool.html

 

Industry Solutions:

https://www.archdaily.com/940131/back-to-work-rethink-re-evaluate-retrofit-for-safer-workplaces

https://www.archdaily.com/940244/domino-park-introduces-social-distancing-circles-to-adapt-to-the-covid-19-crisis

https://www.duthermx.com/

The Workplace Watch Vol. 3

 

 

TKB Newsletter – May 18, 2020 – The New Normal

As we prepare to reenter the workspace the primary focus is the safety and well being of employees. Across the industry companies have been active to plan, design, and develop solutions on how to make the office a safe space in this new normal. TKB would like to share what appears to be a general consensus from these many plans on the steps of reentry, along with a few of these well thought out guides to peruse at your leisure.

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Visit the CDC’s website below for general guidelines on strategies to be followed in order to create a safe working environment:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

 

Industry Solutions:

https://www.nationalofficefurniture.com/NOF/media/general/work_at_home/COVID19-Workplace-Evolution.pdf

https://www.us.jll.com/content/dam/jll-com/documents/pdf/other/reentry-guide-for-working-in-the-next-normal.pdf

https://www.hermanmiller.com/content/dam/hermanmiller/documents/covid_19/embracing_a_new_reality.pdf

 

 

TKB Newsletter – May 12, 2020 – Sanitation Solutions – How Do We Disinfect?

With the continual increase in COVID 19 infections, there has been a surge in the need to clean and disinfect our workplaces and homes. This week’s TKB Newsletter aims to provide you with cleaning techniques and introduce innovative products that are in the market to address this issue.

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The Center for Disease Control has issued cleaning techniques and mitigation strategies for the workplace that explain in detail how to clean surfaces to reduce the rate of infections. The first category would include cleaning all surfaces with soap and water, for more intense and thorough cleaning, disinfectants recommended by the CDC can be used to further lower the rate of infections and kill germs. Use the link to refer to a list of CDC approved disinfectants and cleaning techniques.

As we progress into unsteady territories, the industry is developing new and innovative solutions to help clean and enhance sterile environments, from disinfecting UV lights to hand sanitizer dispensing door knobs.

Check out some of the interesting products in the market and stay tuned for the TKB’s weekly Newsletter.

 

Visit the CDC website below for general guidelines on cleaning, EPA approved disinfectants to reduce risk of infection and general mitigation strategies:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/clean-disinfect/index.html

 

Industry Solutions:

Products

Hygienic Door Handles

https://touchland.com/pages/kub

https://kenall.com/Kenall-Files/Product-Files/Literature/Kenall-Indigo-Clean-Brochure.pdf

https://www.stepnpull.com/

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