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.

Oct, 2017

October 2017 – Thank You Letters

 width=Michelle Bowman of TKB receives over 100 thank you letters from grateful students at Chicago’s Audubon School.

Sep, 2017

September 2017 – Audubon Ribbon-cutting

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 and acknowledges the TKB team following the Audubon School ribbon-cutting.

Mayor Emmanuel interacts with Audubon students and acknowledges the TKB team following the Audubon School ribbon-cutting.

September, 2017

cook-county-hospitalTKB 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.

Jun, 2017

Summer 2017 – Aon Scholars Program

maryam-mike-jojoFor 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!

Dec, 2016

The Joint Commission – Multi-Phase Headquarters Remodeling Project Complete

4c4a0240rev1TKB recently completed the fourth phase of a four-phase, year-long construction project at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

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.

4c4a0448revSpecial 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.

4c4a0484revInfrastructure 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.

4c4a0260Of 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.

Jan, 2016

Grand Opening – Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences

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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 construction project creating 500,000 sf of educational space. TKB is the associate architect, teamed with prime architect Moody Nolan.

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center – Two Story Addition Project

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 meet project requirements.

Take a look at the results below in the video produced by the PublicBuilding Commission of Chicago:

Dec, 2015

CCHHS Prieto Dental Clinic – Expansion Project Complete


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 work included a feasibility study for specialty clinics at CCHHS’ Stroger Hospital.

View the full article…

Nov, 2015

Office Concepts


A recent Chicago Tribune article addresses new office concepts and what they may mean for future office designs.

Office of the future: It’s all about you..

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