Vote for EXP’s projects for AIA Chicago’s People’s Choice Award!

August 29, 2022

Image above: CTA Bryn Mawr Temporary Elevated Station 

Every year, we work on impactful projects to transform and benefit communities. To recognize the value of great architecture and highlight EXP’s contributions to equitable and sustainable projects, the CTA Bryn Mawr Temporary Elevated Station and the CTA Quincy Elevated Station Renovation / Restoration, have been named among the finalists for the Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award presented in partnership with AIA Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Center.

From now until September 6, we invite you to vote for one of our projects!

To vote, click on the link below, sign up for an account and vote for the CTA Bryn Mawr Temporary Elevated Station or the CTA Quincy Elevated Station Renovation / Restoration. Each user can only vote once, so be sure to share the link with your network, family and friends.

Vote for CTA Bryn Mawr Temporary Elevated Station or CTA Quincy Elevated Station Renovation / Restoration

About the projects:

CTA Bryn Mawr Temporary Elevated Station

The Temporary Station is a small part of CTA’s Red/Purple Modernization project encompassing reconstruction of track/structure/stationhouses on Chicago’s north side. The Stationhouse provides uninterrupted transit access for Edgewater neighborhood residents over the multi-year construction duration.

The Station is located on Broadway, a busy 4-lane commercial strip. Given traffic speed and scale of adjacent buildings, a primary challenge was creating visibility and presence for the diminutive (850 sf) structure. With such a small building footprint it was critical that the design “punch above its weight” with regard to scale and visibility. To that end, the Tetris-like shape is elementary, playful and dramatized by bold red color signifying the Red Line. The station tower reaches to create a beacon-like presence along the busy Broadway corridor.

CTA Quincy Elevated Station Renovation / Restoration

Located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop Financial District, and first opened in 1897, the Quincy Elevated Station, one of the oldest in Chicago, is a designated Chicago Landmark, and listed as one of AIA Illinois’ “150 Great Places in Illinois.”

As a restoration/renovation project the design reinforces and improves connectivity with the community by making it accessible to all users with the inclusion of elevators and various accessibility upgrades, and by retaining this important landmark as a contributor to physical architectural context in this historic district.

Each project was chosen by Chicago Architecture Center’s docents in a round one jury review from over 125 projects submitted during AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence Awards.

Meet our architects who worked on the project on September 12 at 6:00 pm at DESIGNIGHT 2022, a free, public architecture awards celebration and hear the winners announced live.

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