On June 14, 2017, Joakim (Joa) Bäckström was inducted into the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society focused on land-use economics for his outstanding contribution ‘to advancing architecture and design that positively influence civic life and transforms communities regionally and internationally’.
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Simoné J. Ray and Katherine Pohl have joined our team. As the Design Manager for our longest standing client, Chicago Public Schools, Simoné is a key player in implementation of their annual Capital Improvement Program. At the other spectrum of our practice, Katherine supports our ever expanding Historic Preservation services with her training from the School of the Art Institute for Chicago Union Station, CTA Red/Purple Line Modernization and City of Chicago. Read full entry »
AltusWorks is pleased to announce Kylie Fitzgerald to our team as Business Manager. Kylie manages AltusWorks’ financial and business administration functions including office operations, human resources, external resources and accounting activities. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in interior design, Kylie worked in the Design and Construction industry and before coming to AltusWorks; she was responsible for coordinating financials for telecommunication site acquisition projects for a large international engineering firm. Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and focus on both internal resources and external clients and partners makes her instrumental in our ongoing growth.Read full entry »
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Brad Gehrig has joined our team. In addition to his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture, Brad has 10 years of experience directing renovation and reconfiguration projects of various sizes and complexity for education, retail, healthcare, residential and commercial office market sectors. When talking to Brad, it quickly becomes apparent that he prides himself in developing and maintaining superior working relationships with clients, project team members, and contractors to proactively and effectively address any issue that may arise when working on existing buildings. Read full entry »
We are all geared up for another year of music, friends and fun at Lollapalooza!
I know many of you attend and would love to connect with you there. Look for the AltusWorks crew on the west lawn of the Samsung stage all afternoon Friday. Come join us for a song or two! Read full entry »
Merci à tous who spent a lively evening with Foley and Lardner and AltusWorks on our annual client appreciation boat cruise! We had a great turn out, some delicious French-inspired treats, engaging conversations and, above, all, laughter.
I was told by Will Tippens of Related Midwest that he loves coming to this event as he knows he will see friends and have a great time. We hope to see you all, and more, next year.
Regardless of a building’s age or construction type, there are many ways to improve usability through thoughtful design. The process of Universal Design (UD) strives to make products and environments usable by the largest range of people without adaptation or specialized design. Building on the requirements for accessibility, UD also takes into account people of various ages, statures, mobility, and physical and mental capabilities. Following the 7 Principles of Universal Design developed by the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, AltusWorks recently presented ideas for incorporating UD principles into the renovation of historic multi-family residential buildings to Related Midwest. Read full entry »
Our annual holiday party was festive – dinner at Nightwood, followed by the Redmoon Winter Pageant. The performance was a collaboration between Aerial Dance Chicago, After School Matters, The Chicago West Community Music Center, Redmoon’s Winter Pageant Urban Dance Collective, and The Happiness Club.
Staff and family members had fun posing with a Yeti character, outfitted in a shredded newspaper costume.
Recently, AltusWorks’ Christen Sundquist joined the Western Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technologies for a tour of the Halquist Stone Quarry in Sussex, Wisconsin. The tour began with a lecture on Halquist’s 85 year architectural stone production history, followed by a tour of the quarry and production facilities. Due to its high quality properties, Lannon stone has been one of the predominately used materials for houses and churches throughout Milwaukee and Chicago since the 1850’s. The Halquist facility contains state-of-the-art machinery including an impressive 10’ diameter saw! Read full entry »
AltusWorks is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Allen to Associate. Ken joined the firm in 2009 as a Project Architect. He has worked in the architectural industry for more than 20 years, in both new construction and renovation. He has designed and managed a wide range of projects in the educational, commercial and residential sectors, working with both public and private clients.
In his titled position Ken will continue to lead AltusWorks’ education practice, advance the application of technology and develop projects focused on Facility Analysis; Planning and Management; Expansion; and Renovation. Read full entry »