Community Work

Kelsey Shipton joins the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley Board

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 Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 3/28/17 in Community Work.

Welcome Madame Secretary!

Congratulations to AltusWorks’ team member, Kelsey Shipton, on her election to the board of the Western Great Lake Chapter (WGLC) of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT)! Beginning at the end of January, Kelsey will serve as the chapter’s secretary for a two-year term. APT “is a cross – disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.” AltusWorks has been a corporate member of APTI for many years and was instrumental in getting the local chapter established in 2009. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/27/16 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.


As an active participant in Chicago’s vibrant craft brewing industry, AltusWorks – for the third time – was a proud sponsor of this year’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer (FOBAB) held at UIC’s Forum on November 20-21.   Hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event typically attracts the nation’s largest selection of wood and barrel-aged beers and provides a rare opportunity for the public to taste all of these hard-to-find beers under one roof.  Needless-to-say, tickets sell out within minutes.  AltusWorks’ Ellen Stoner, Joa Backstrom, Matthew Imburgia and Carolyn Isaacson took part in the two- day event that totaled nearly 5,000 visitors and where the variety of barrel-aged beer was nothing short of spectacular! Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 12/15/15 in Community Work.

And the Award Goes to…

AltusWorks’ Associate, Scott Utter, spent a snowy Saturday November 21st evaluating renovated farmhouses, Prairie School homes, and greenhouses as a Jury member (for the second time) for the Oak Park Preservation Awards. The annual awards for eligible properties are divided into categories for Restoration, Rehabilitation, Adaptive Reuse, and Additions. Oak Park’s historic properties are considered to be an exceptional resource and the submitted projects demonstrated exactly that. Scott noted that the lively discussion between the Jurors on the depth of research and exceptional effort in the execution of each project was particularly absorbing and ensured that the best candidates were ultimately selected. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 12/1/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Back to School!

At the end of October, AltusWorks’ Kelsey Shipton was invited back to her alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to participate in a brown bag lunch talk for students pursuing their Masters of Science degree in Historic Preservation.  The talk, one of a series hosted every year for current students, is an opportunity for them to ask recent graduates about their experiences during graduate school, and life after graduation including their current “real world” positions.  For Kelsey’s part, she shared about her involvement in the Positioning Pullman Ideas Workshop and the recent publication of Positioning Pullman Ideas Book, and discussed the immediate impact this document has had on an at-risk neighborhood just 20 minutes away from the SAIC campus. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 11/17/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

Swedes in Chicago II

Swedes again? AltusWorks’ Joakim Backstrom recently had the repeat pleasure of touring professionals from Sweden through our great City of Chicago.  This time, eight people from DREEM Arkitekter (, an architecture firm from Gothenburg, Sweden visited with U.S. colleagues to share professional insights, experience Chicago’s Architecture Biennial, and take in the “Birth-of-the-Highrise” walk-about in the Loop. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 11/10/15 in Community Work.

Swedes in Chicago

As a native Swede who worked in Stockholm professionally, AltusWorks’ Joakim Backstrom often has the pleasure to serve as tour guide of our great City for visiting Swedish A/E firms.  True to form, he recently greeted about 25 people from the Structor Group ( who were motivated to experience Chicago’s Architecture Biennial.

Although the group toured, dined, and certainly enjoyed the best of Chicago; the business focus was high-rise construction.  To this end, Joakim arranged tours of two of the city’s most cutting edge designs. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 10/20/15 in Community Work.

How do you get up those stairs?

As part of a panel discussion on “Making Historic Buildings Accessible to All” held at AIA Chicago on September 29th, AltusWorks’ Ellen Stoner presented both the challenges and opportunities of integrating policy, code and building constraints into the creative quest to increase access in historic buildings to services, programs and activities offered by educational institutions and multi-family housing organizations.

The 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is being celebrated throughout Chicago and Ellen was honored to be part of the discussion focused around her passion of historic resources. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 10/6/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

The Pullman National Monument “Ideas Book”

With the completion of the Positioning Pullman Ideas Workshop held on April 16-18, 2015, the design and community enhancement material generated from the 3-day forum are now available in an “Ideas Book” entitled Positioning Pullman: Collaborative Ideas Workshop for America’s Newest National Monument.  The document contains concrete ideas for the future of the Pullman National Monument articulated through four main areas of consideration: Park Experience, Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse, Access & Connections, and Community Development. We encourage you to view the document at Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 9/15/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.