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Jan, 2020

January 2020 – UIUC Life Home

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.

TKB was engaged by the University of Illinois to design a 5000 SF new building for the interdisciplinary center. It includes a typical residential layout with two bedrooms, dining and kitchen areas, an open plan living space, and a fully accessible bathroom with tub and shower, all for-research purposes. One-way windows allow observational research into living spaces to see how users with accessibility issues engage with various products.  Cameras record the users’ experience for later analysis. The residential portion of the building simplifies the exchange of tested products.

Products and materials are tested in a laboratory space adjoined by a garage for ease of material delivery. A flexible conference / classroom space can be used by those engaged with facets of the product study:  students, researchers, industry partners and the community.  A movable glass partition opens the conference room to the adjoining lobby/break room for larger group access.  A small administrative area, two interview rooms, and back-of-house functions also support the research function.

The residential façade faces the street, with the academic portion of the building accessed from a rear parking lot.  Landscaping further enhances the residential feel.

Dec, 2019

UIUC Veterinary Teaching Hospital Surgical Expansion & Renovation – December 2019 Update

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.

The project is scheduled for completion in April 2021.

 

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Nov, 2019

UIUC Veterinary Teaching Hospital South Clinic Renovation – November 2019 Update

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.

Aug, 2019

August 2019 – Chicago Trading Firm

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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 features:

  • General space refresh with new finishes, expanded break room amenities, upgrade of video and teleconference capabilities in all conference spaces, added break-out and huddles spaces, and new furniture throughout.
  • Trading desk replacement with custom height-adjustable desks, with phased installation so as to not impact active trading.
  • Server room downsize, reconfiguration and creation of adjacent IT workroom.
  • Review and reconfiguration of cooling needs at the trading floor.

The project is set to be complete by the end of August 2019.

May, 2019

May 2019 – Prosser Career Academy Renovation

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 programs, from culinary arts to HVAC, computer and solar labs to auto shop.  Accessibility upgrades include new toilets, new building hardware and lockers equalizing opportunities for all students.  The complete project budget is approximately $12 million, including equipment for vocational labs.

The final result will provide expanded opportunities for CPS students’ future workplace choices.  TKB’s design work began in November, 2018; teaching in the renovated wing will resume in October, 2019.

For more information about the project, please click on the following link for an article posted by the Chicago Tribune:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-auto-shop-classes-prosser-chicago-public-schools-20190414-story.html

Mar, 2019

March 2019

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares to break ground on the TKB-designed Life Home – Research Home and Laboratory Facility, designed to test products and concepts that facilitate independent living for persons with disabilities.

Jan, 2019

January 2019

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.

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/here-are-five-finalists-ohares-new-international-terminal

Jul, 2018

July 2018

TKB completes expansion for long term client in Chicago’s historic Garland Building.

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Feb, 2018

January 2018

Construction began on TKB’s design for a long-term client at the Garland Building in Chicago. The project expands their offices onto an additional full floor of the historic building, and includes a central collaboration area and a connecting stair.

Nov, 2017

November 2017 – Veterinary Teaching Hospital

TKB begins work on the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for Small Animals at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. The work focuses on two primary functional areas, Surgery and Critical Care, and will include a building renovation and an addition.

From left to right, Martha Bell, Principal of TKB, Dean Peter D. Constable of the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine, and Tony Cochrane from TKB subconsultant Animal Arts discuss design potential following a preliminary project presentation.

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