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Historic Mies Van der Rohe-designed Bailey Hall will Undergo Renovation

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corvias and the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech)
announced today the renovation of Bailey Hall which will provide new
living space for 330 freshmen and sophomores by Fall Semester of 2020,
the scheduled completion time, as part of Illinois Institute of
Technology’s student housing program. The partnership is comprised of
Corvias for development and management, Dirk Denison Architects for
design and Gilbane Building Company for construction.

“This partnership solves for modern, sustainable housing, providing a
vibrant new living experience for our first and second year students
while revitalizing this historic and prominent part of our campus,” says
Bruce Watts, vice president for facilities and public safety at Illinois

Founder and CEO of Corvias, John Picerne added, “By engaging Dirk
Denison as architect, we arrived at a solution that thinks of the
students’ needs first, enveloped in preservation and celebration of the
Mies design.” This partnership adds to the more than 30 public-private
partnerships Corvias has in the United States.

“It is truly rare to have the chance to renovate a Mies building,” said
Dirk Denison, an alumnus of Illinois Tech and a long-term faculty member
of the College of Architecture. “We asked ourselves, how do we extend
its legacy for today’s way of living?”

The project includes interior renovations and exterior facade
replacement of the historic Mies Van der Rohe-designed Bailey Hall.
Originally built in 1955, this nine-story, 74,000 SF on-campus dormitory
was decommissioned in 2007. The renovation project will incorporate 330
beds with residential common spaces on the ground floor and lower level.

The approach to Bailey Hall’s interior adapts the original floor plan to
the needs of students today, to foster student interactions. At ground
level, residents will enter into a transparent lobby whose interior is
kept spatially and materially the same as Mies’s original design. The
redesign fully reconfigures the basement, taking advantage of unused
space to insert an open staircase connecting the lobby with new
gathering areas, shared resources, including recreation room, laundry,
and a collaboration space below.

Renovations provide eight levels of accessible single and double rooms
arranged in a “pod” style. Each floor is conceived as a social unit
defined by large study and social areas. Rooms pinwheel around these
communal nodes, linked by corridors that extend all the way to the
facade, offering additional daylight with city and lake views. Working
with extensive energy modeling, the project also updates the building’s
mechanical systems and envelope, improving efficiency, thermal comfort,
safety, and ease of maintenance. Denison described the new Bailey Hall
as a “low-impact, healthy building.”

Illinois Institute of
Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private,
technology-focused research university. Illinois Tech is the only
university of its kind in Chicago, and its Chicago location offers
students access to the world-class resources of a great global
metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering,
science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied
technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the
Association of Independent Technological Universities, Illinois Tech
provides an exceptional education centered on active learning, and its
graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity.
Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students to succeed in professions that
require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an
entrepreneurial spirit. Visit

As a privately-owned company headquartered in
East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and
government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential
systemic problems and create long-term, sustainable value through our
unique approach to partnership. Corvias pursues the kinds of
partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life
for the people who call our communities home, purposefully choosing to
partner with organizations who share our values and whose mission is to
serve as the foundational blocks, or pillars, of our nation. To learn
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Kelly Douglas, Corvias
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