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Doing Growth Right: ICE Expands Its Chicago Office

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

With growth comes the opportunity for better efficiency. Nurture a copse of trees into a forest and witness the diversity and vibrancy of life that takes up residence there. The same is true of systems designed by man as well as nature.

The Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, is a multinational conglomerate of stock exchanges and clearing houses. They own and operate more than 20 exchanges and marketplaces covering commodities, indexes and equities, including the New York Stock Exchange which they acquired in 2013.
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Harper Court, Hyde Park and the Essence of Community

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

HC6In its previous incarnation, Harper Court was a deteriorating remnant of past urban renewal. Evoking a 1960s strip mall vogue, two levels of retail were split off the plaza, with stairs leading down to shops below grade and another set of stairs going up to the second level. Trends in retail have changed, however, and it was proving difficult to retain tenants.
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Intelligent Growth in Wilmette

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

8804-143_5512By Matt Baker

Picture, if you will, a public works facility somewhere in suburban Chicago. You are likely envisioning walls made of concrete masonry units, a bowstring truss roof and maybe some pebbled, chicken wire glass letting in meager light. For most industrial facilities of a certain age, this is de rigueur.

It was true in the village of Wilmette, too. Before a series of expansions, cramped and outdated work spaces reduced the Wilmette Public Works Department’s effectiveness. And when the village decided to upgrade, they took sustainability into mind.
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Gothic Revival: Does the Randolph Tower Portend a Residential Renaissance in the Loop?

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

4_Randolph Tower_After_Exterior_Dusk_Leslie SchwartzChicago is home to a building dreamed of in the lavish 1920’s and which subsequently fell into demise during the Great Depression. With the dawn of a new millennium came a possibility for resurgence, but history was about to repeat itself; the soaring stock market took a massive hit and financing for construction projects evaporated. Could this building possibly survive two economic disasters?
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Roosevelt University Eyes the Future

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Edward Sparling was president of the YMCA College in Chicago in 1945 when he refused to provide the school’s board with student demographic information, fearing a quota that would limit the enrollment of women and minorities. When the board insisted, Sparling resigned in protest and many of the school’s faculty and staff joined him.

This group of educators without a school voted to create a new college and, according to legend, purchased the Auditorium Building—the arguable masterpiece of Adler and Sullivan—from the city for $1. “They picked up buckets and mops and literally scrubbed the building back to habitability,” said Lesley Slavitt, Vice President for Government Relations and University Outreach at Roosevelt University. “We have lovingly tried to not just repair, but restore it to its historical elegance.”
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Chicago’s First LEED-Gold Certified Dental Office Opens in Wicker Park

February 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s now one less reason to fear going to the dentist: the air you breath will be free of VOCs. ORA Dental Studio, which promotes “Ecofriendly Dentistry,” is now also Chicago’s first dental office to be certified for green building. The company’s new Wicker Park office on Division was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the USGBC for its eco-friendly and high-performance design, construction and operation.
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