On September 12, EXP joined AIA Chicago and Illinois and fellow architecture firms for the first open-to-the-public DESIGNIGHT 2022. Hosted at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the event celebrated the recipients of the Design Excellence Awards and the best of Chicago architecture.

At the event, EXP was recognized with a Design Excellence Award from AIA Illinois for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Quincy Loop station and the Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award from AIA Chicago for the temporary CTA Bryn Mawr station. The temporary Red Line Bryn Mawr station won the AIA Chicago Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award,  a category reliant on votes from the public for projects that “exemplify the best of what Chicago has to offer.” The Bryn Mawr station is a part of the CTA Red/Purple Modernization project (RPM) and serves CTA customers until the completion of RPM in 2025 when the station will be rebuilt. For now, the station acts as a beacon to the community, with a playful design and enhanced accessibility. “I affectionally refer to the temporary station at Bryn Mawr as, ‘The little engine that could as it must punch above its weight because of its diminutive size among larger buildings along the busy corridor,” shared EXP’s Vice Senior Vice President / Design Director Tom Hoepf, FAIA.

EXP’s services for the CTA’s Quincy Loop station is also recognized with the AIA Illinois Preservation Award for the preservation and rehabilitation that made the station fully accessible to customers with disabilities. As a designated landmark and one of the oldest CTA stations, winning the AIA Illinois Preservation Award for this station is a great testament to the expertise applied to preserve and maintain the station’s historic details.

EXP is honored to be recognized alongside the CTA for these two unique projects. Learn more about the projects here > Vote for EXP’s projects for AIA Chicago’s People’s Choice Award! | EXP

For more information on EXP’s commitment to design excellence, contact Tom Hoepf and Jefrey Jakalski.