Tilton, Kelly + Bell is currently designing a renovation and restoration for the historic Illinois State Armory building, working for the Illinois Capitol Development Board and with Central Management Services. The Armory is a 1930’s WPA building in Springfield, Illinois, prominently facing the Illinois State Capitol building. Planning will be […]
With TKB as architect, the Regional Transportation Authority consolidated its headquarters in a single 28,000 square foot floor in Chicago. The RTA’s formerly traditional office space standardized on efficient workstations for each employee and takes advantage of the natural light afforded through the building’s interior light court and exterior windows. […]
Under its retainer contract with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, TKB converted an existing unused instructional laboratory at the 1902 Noyes Laboratory building into a new general assignment lecture hall complete with current audio-visual technology. This work required decommissioning the former lab with its abandoned gas piping without […]
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Education Building – Elevator Upgrades & Restroom Renovation
As part of TKB’s retainer contract with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, TKB has completed work on UIUC’s Education Building with an elevator upgrade and restroom renovation. TKB’s work first developed a scope of work that fit within the available funds and priorities by working with the project […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
As the world gets ready to get back to work, one question lingers in all of our minds, “are we ready?”; the COVID19 pandemic has changed the course of our life in every aspect. Before the pandemic, we would walk around freely with our coffees, enter the office and say […]
As we maneuver a changing world, TKB is committed to success for clients and projects and to the health of our employees and their families. Thankfully, our work is able to continue within public restrictions; our staff is based from home and continues to deliver the high quality service you need and expect from […]
This month marks the completion of construction on UIUC’s Life Home: Center on Health, Aging and Disability for the College of Health Sciences at the University of Illinois. The facility offers an interdisciplinary hub for health, aging, and disability research and observation space in a simulated residential setting.
Progress continues on the expansion and renovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Veterinary Teaching Hospital, with the arrival and setting of the precast concrete panels and below slab infrastructure. The expansion will provide seven (7) operating rooms, (1) interventional radiation (IR) suite, sterile processing and student support spaces.
Nearing completion, this project included the renovation of previously unused space on the Veterinary Teaching Hospital campus, creating a stand-alone veterinary clinic to supplement the existing clinical functionality.
The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019.
The initial project scope was a basic “finishes refresh” of the current space for one of TKB’s repeat clients, a Chicago-based trading firm.
After a careful review of the client’s needs and expectations, the project scope grew to include the following additional […]
As an Architect of Record for the Public Building Commission of Chicago, TKB was enlisted to renovate the 38,000 SF Career Technical Education (CTE) wing of the Prosser Career Academy. Driven by the need to accommodate expanded career programs, the fast track project will accommodate a broad range of vocational […]
The City of Chicago unveiled five finalists for the architectural design of a massive $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport. TKB is a member of the Foster Epstein Moreno team vying for selection for the new global terminal replacing Terminal 2.
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.
Mayor Emmanuel interacts with Audubon students […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
The Joint Commission has evolved over the years into a collaborative partner with its member institutions to pioneer […]
The Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) recently awarded the Public Building Commission Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Addition the 2016 Design Award of Merit.
As a subconsultant to Holabird & Root, TKB completed the programming, planning, finishes and furniture for the 20,000 SF addition. TKB was also the prime architect for renovation […]
At the June 7 Harper College Educational Foundation Board meeting, Martha Bell retired from the Harper College Educational Foundation Board of Directors and was honored for her 25 years of service to the College.
Martha joined the Harper College Educational […]
Malcolm X College held its grand opening, with speakers including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman (pictured). Classes began on January 11, bringing to a close a fast-tracked design and […]
Together with Holabird & Root, TKB answered a challenging design assignment in creating an addition to the distinctive original building by Stanley Tigerman. A two story addition sited in a narrow strip of land was necessary to meet project requirements, but needed an extra dose of creativity in order to […]
TKB recently completed the Dr. Jorge Prieto Health Center dental suite for Cook County Health and Hospital Services (CCHHS). This expanded clinic is one of many updates underway in CCHHS as they respond to the needs of their patients. TKB’s recent […]
Jessica Lopez began her first practical experience as a student intern at TKB. After two semesters working in the firm part time, she completed her degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. By mutual agreement, she stayed on as a full-time employee, working now on corporate offices and higher […]
TKB’s latest office design for the software design firm Trading Technologies was selected as one of Chicago’s coolest offices by Crain’s Chicago Business! Even better, the winners were self-nominated, meaning the Trading Technologies workers themselves think it’s cool. TKB’s relationship with […]
TKB participated in the groundbreaking for a new building addition for the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. A longtime client, CCAC is a non-profit entity assisting children who have been sexually abused. It provides coordination and counseling services, housing and linking, various […]
Tilton, Kelly + Bell, LLC was awarded a new office design contract with Region 5 of the United States General Services Administration (GSA). This is one of two contracts for office design/ space planning in the six-state region. […]
In partnership with special programs through the University of Illinois and Harold Washington Colleges, TKB has engaged architecture student Jessica Lopez, now in her senior year at the University of Illinois, and Susana Balcazar, from the City Colleges’ accounting program. Jessica’s internship was supported through a UIC grant, and Susana’s […]
As a subconsultant US Equities and Epstein on a team charged with analyzing and making recommendations for all of Cook County’s real estate, TKB completed the benchmarking, analysis, and preliminary recommendations for all of the County’s “corporate” (i.e., office, highway and […]
Based on successful past collaborations, distinguished national architect Moody Nolan is teaming with TKB as associate architect for the new Malcolm X College campus in Chicago, IL. Malcolm X College, the oldest of the City Colleges of Chicago, will expand its medical […]
A team of experts, led by US Equities, is finalizing the extensive Real Estate Asset Strategic Realignment Plan for Cook County, IL. The report and recommendations will serve as a roadmap for the effective utilization, capital planning, and management of the […]
A long-time volunteer for numerous organizations, Martha Bell, FAIA, LEED AP, once again served as a juror for the Building Design + Construction Awards, for the reconstruction category. Martha’s belief in giving back has also led her to serve as a member of AIA Chicago Bridge 3.0, a leadership and […]
TKB has been selected for a 17,500-SF build-out of interdisciplinary space to facilitate the College of Engineering’s computer-based research. Comprised of offices and labs, the program calls for collaborative spaces that foster interaction, and are agile enough to allow for mobile […]
Thoughtful assistance with preliminary site feasibility studies will afford TKB, and partner Epstein, a “hit the ground running” approach for this national society’s new Schaumburg, IL headquarters. The latest addition to TKB’s deep portfolio of work with professional associations, the building […]
Dubbed “The Hammock” by students, the hanging mezzanine The Hinman Research Building at Georgia Institute of Technology, was created by repurposing a large bridge crane to support a tapered floor structure. “The result is a very open space,” TKB’s Martha Bell, […]
Associate Adam Quigley, AIA to address project management at an Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) event. AWI represents nearly 4,000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world. Adam will shed light on the […]
TKB provided pro bono design services and construction cost estimates that aided the Community Health Partnership in earning a Federal New Access Point Grant. “Thanks again [to TKB] for your amazing contribution to the success of our proposal. Your beautifully designed clinic, I am sure, was a major factor […]
The 60,000 SF state-of-the-art building, to be designed to LEED Gold standard, brings together thirteen academic and RSO units to develop new pedagogical synergies and collaborative spatial models in the new structure. TKB’s value added services group will […]
This month the Illinois Library Association’s monthly magazine, ILA Reporter, features TKB’s Martha Bell, FAIA and Susan Strunk of the Palatine Library discussing library renovation projects. The Reporter is the association’s bimonthly publication and forum for […]
Building Design+Construction Magazine’s annual Reconstruction Awards seeks to find the best renovation / reconstruction projects each year, based on: 1) Overall design, engineering, and construction quality 2) How architectural teams solve problems and meet client needs while producing a structure with enhanced […]