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.

AltusWorks Welcomes its Newest Team Member

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 9/29/15 in General News.

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.

It’s Lolla 2015!

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 7/30/15 in General News.

Thanks for coming to La Fête de la Bastille Boat Cruise 2015

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.

Wear your swag with pride! Bonne Fête! Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 7/17/15 in General News.

Windy City RE Takes a Commanding Presence in the Motor Row Historic District

Motor Row, the home to Chicago’s automobile industry at the beginning of the last century and now a distinct historic district is experiencing a renaissance as the City invests in a new DePaul University stadium, new hotels, and expanding mass transit service. Following its acquisition of key properties on South Michigan Avenue, Windy City Real Estate (WCRE) retained AltusWorks as their preservation architect because of our successful track record assisting owners and developers with the renovation and adaptive reuse of existing and historic structures (South Michigan Avenue Commercial Properties). Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 7/8/15 in Historic Preservation, Renovation, Retail.