The current issue of APT Bulletin, the Journal of Preservation Technology, focuses on the restoration of modern architecture and features an article authored by Kelsey Shipton and Scott Utter of AltusWorks. The article outlines the analysis and restoration of Walter Netsch’s Art and Architecture Building located on University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. The article summarizes their presentation made at the Association of Preservation Technology International’s conference last fall and provides insight into the restoration approaches available for late modern architecture. The preservation of buildings from the late modern and brutalist era (1950’s – mid 1970’s) is an emerging discussion as building owners strive to meet energy performance goals, address failures of experimental design detailing and learn to cherish the underappreciated aesthetic. Read full entry »
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Joyce Ramos has joined our team. As a preservation architect, Joyce has experience in condition assessments, documentation, building research and report writing. She is involved in all phases of work including planning, design and construction, coordinating with consultants and contractors. Through her experience and passion for historic buildings, she has a strong knowledge in material conservation, restoration and adaptive reuse. Joyce is a registered architect having earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Read full entry »
Recognized for our unique combination of analytical skills, depth of technical knowledge and flexibility to take on a wide variety of concurrent assignments, AltusWorks has been selected by the University of Illinois to act as their on-call Historic Preservation Architect.
We look forward to assisting the university from which many of us received our professional education with meeting their commitment to protecting and enhancing their cultural and architectural historic resources. Read full entry »
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’.
Congratulations to Gary Gulley and Alarmist Brewing —- the Taproom is OPEN!
Led by Joakim (Joa) Backstrom and his passion for good beer, AltusWorks is honored to be a part of our client’s growth. Located near Pulaski and Peterson in an adapted industrial building, stop by and sample Alarmist’s Pantless Pale Ale, Phobophobia Patersbier and more………..
AltusWorks is pleased to announce that Kelsey Shipton has joined the board of the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (PPFV), a historic preservation advocacy and educational group based out of St. Charles, Illinois. The Preservation Partners operate three house museums and provide heritage education programs and tours throughout the Tri-Cities and Kane County.
Passionately investing in her community, Kelsey will support the organization’s mission and will be involved in assisting with the planning and implementation of PPFV’s many programs. For more information about the Preservation Partners, please visit https://ppfv.org/Read full entry »
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’ Scott Utter recently presented both the challenges and opportunities of integrating Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM’s) into historic landmark properties at AIA’s event “Sustainability Through Preservation: The Rebirth of Chicago’s Historic Buildings.” sponsored by the Committee on the Environment and Historic Resources Committee. Scott shared dramatic before/after photos and energy charts of AltusWorks’ award winning project at the Charles Gates Dawes House. Improvements to the 1895 National Register property enable the building to continue to serve the Evanston Historic Center and the community at large.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 »