WJW visits The Plant

WJW had the pleasure to tour a local urban farm called The Plant.   The Plant is an innovative food business incubator and vertical farm located in a former pork processing facility. Jackie Weise, The Plant’s Auxiliary Board President, led WJW on a tour around the adaptively reused industrial building. She showed us the technology…

Jane serves as a panel Moderator for the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing

Jane served as a panel Moderator for the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing. The topic of her panel was Innovation – Health and Housing. They discussed the strong and growing connection between personal and public health and the quality of the built environment. Jane, along side Mark Stroker and Peter Toepfer, offered practical examples…

Bill to speak at the Illinois School of Architecture Forefront Symposium

On Thursday, March 30th, Bill will be speaking at the Illinois School of Architecture Forefront Symposium. He, along side faculty members Lynne Dearborn and Randy Deutsch, will be discussing Architectural Design Education of Tomorrow: Negotiating the Intersections of Design and Engineering, Business, Entitlement/Policy, Technology, Firm Culture, and Clients/Owners. The Forefront Symposium attracts leaders from the industry…

Gateway at River City received 2012 NGBS Bronze Certification

Gateway at River City in Peoria, Illinois, recently received 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Bronze Certification. The project provides 105 units of affordable supportive living for adults with disabilities ages 22-64. With rigorous requirements, National Green Building Standard Certified Projects must achieve standards in Integrative Design; Lot Design, Preparation, & Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy…

Grand Opening for Access Peoria

Elizabeth recently attended the grand opening for Access Peoria on March 15th, in the East Bluff Neighborhood in Peoria, Illinois. The sixteen scattered side, affordable duplex units have either one or two bedrooms, with kitchens open to the living room. All units were designed to be fully accessible, as part of the Home First program. The…

Ground breaks on Hope Manor II Apartments

Mike, Diane, and Keith, along with Governor Pat Quinn and others, recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago on Hope Manor II apartments. Hope Manor II is a supportive, gender-responsive housing campus designed for Veterans and their children. It follows Hope Manor Apartments, both projects WJA is proud to partner on.…