Photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home

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Photography Chicago Illinois Veterans home

Chicago Illinois Veterans Home photos

Chicago Illinois Veterans Home photos

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drone Chicago medical facilities veterans hospital

IHC Construction Illinois Veterans Home Project

IHC Construction Illinois Veterans Home Project

This next post features exterior and interior photography of the Illinois Veterans’ Home Chicago. An Illinois state-funded construction project, recently designated as a COVID-19 facility and accelerated to fast-pace construction to alleviate the state of Illinois’ healthcare corona virus needs.

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is a Chicago photographer who completed photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home property building.  The design-build and construction contractor project manager contacted M+M about photographing portfolio images to highlight the property’s commercial / residential interior rooms and photos of the exterior architectural design of the Illinois Veterans Home medical building and nursing home facility.  

As Chicago Architectural Photographers providing exterior, interior and drone aerial photography, this two-day photography shoot at the Illinois Chicago Veterans Assisted Living Facility Home building focused on capturing after construction completion photos.  Our photography clients are architects, interior designers, contractors, landscaping, engineers, and many more collaborating construction participant teams looking to capturing images for a construction or real estate marketing portfolio from hospital medical healthcare architecture photos to senior living communities, retirement, multi-family properties, high-rises, mid-rise buildings construction, and buildings architecture.  Contact our Chicago architectural photography company if you are looking to hire a photographer with experience photographing properties for a variety of clients who participate in a new construction building projects. 

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Illinois state funded property development photographer

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VA Hospital Medical Facility Architecture

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Veterans hospital interior design

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interior senior living construction photographer Chicago

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interior IHC Construction Illinois Veterans home Photos

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COVID hospital medical clinic interior design

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Chicago interior photography nursing home medical facility

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Interior commercial medical construction photographer Chicago

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Dietary stainless steel commercial medical kitchen

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Chicago exterior photographer senior living home property

Chicago Illinois veterans home photography

Chicago Illinois veterans home photography

As COVID-19 positive case numbers rise throughout the United States and in Illinois, many national and state-owned resources are tapped for response by Doctor Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Brix, US President Trump, and Illinois Governor Pritzker. In March 2020, the Chicago Veterans Home new construction development was fast-tracked for completion as an available COVID facility.  The plans for finalizing construction on the medical campus was accelerated into a 2-week plan, to provide the 200-bed veterans facility available to the State of Illinois as soon as possible.

In late March, Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center Halls and the Chicago Veterans Home as facilities to be converted to a hospital to handle patients due to the new Corona COVID-19 cases in Illinois.  At the time of the acceleration of construction, the Illinois Governor’s office’s “thinking was that in two weeks, the state is going to need any and all space they can find” according to ENR Midwest article.

Illinois state-owned and lead-operated by the Illinois Capital Development Board, the $71-million Chicago Veterans Home building project has had delays since construction began in 2012 because of a faulty foundation design by the original structural engineer and because of shutdowns over disagreements between former Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. During the past 10 years, according to an article published by the Columbia Chronicle, “the construction project has seen a number of complications, including a budget impasse under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, a design flaw due to earthquake resistance zoning requirements and funding problems.” The Capital Development Board organization oversees construction of new state facilities, such as prisons, college buildings and mental hospitals. It also is responsible for renovation and rehabilitation projects at currently 8,771 state-owned buildings.

From the ENR.com article, the project’s contractor IHC Construction accelerated the schedule for the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home Property by coordinating additional trades on-site to meet the early delivery of the property. “IHC put on a second shift and is now working to get the 200-bed home done as quickly as possible. The firm brought in a cleaning crew that spends about three hours cleaning and disinfecting the space [using] … CDC-approved protocols between shifts and at the end of the day. Other measures include spreading out the work by sending in only two trades workers per space used in the H-shaped, five-story building.”

State Illinois Veterans Nursing Home Chicago

State Illinois Veterans’ Nursing Home Chicago

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Illinois veterans home Chicago

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medical facility architectural photography Chicago

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Chicago Illinois Veterans Home

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Chicago architectural photographer veterans medical facility building

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Night Illinois Veterans Home Chicago property images

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Chicago green rooftop greenhouse landscaping terrace building photography

The Illinois Veterans Home Chicago location is located 13 miles from downtown Chicago located on a portion of the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center site.  The urban property’s site location is on Chicago’s northwest side. Chicago’s Illinois Veterans’ Home is the very first Veteran’s facility building within the City of Chicago. The home is a non-age-restricted, licensed skilled care programming and features a strategic adjacency to the Illinois Read Mental Health Center.

The Chicago Illinois Veterans Home is the first newly constructed veterans’ home in Illinois in over 20 years. The Illinois Veterans’ Home is the first veteran’s facility in the state to incorporate the federal Community Living Center (CLC) guidelines with an architectural and interior design created to resemble “home” as much as possible meanwhile providing skilled nursing and medical care services. The facility will provide skilled care for Illinois veterans, including accommodations for Alzheimers care. “This project embodies a paradigm shift in how the State of Illinois approaches veteran care,” says HED Principal and Studio Leader Susan King,  “Using the CLC guidelines, which was mandated by the Federal Veterans Administration for all newly constructed projects in 2011, we’ve created a facility that incorporates small house design at a large scale.” The design of the building is in conformance with the Community Living Concepts (CLC). Greenhouse concepts for senior living and requirements of IDPH was recommended for firms submitting for this project.  

Chicago interior photographer, with a shot list including photography inside the property, photographing images of the nursing hospital and residential veterans living facility.  Photography of the interior construction included the upper floor’s residential areas design with a combined kitchen dining area, library, nurses’ station, corridors, spa tub bathing suite, and a variety of resident rooms sizes. On the first-floor, photography of the hospital commercial dining staff’s dietary stainless steel kitchen, refrigerator cooler, delivery, and food service diet preparation areas.  According to King at HED “The dining program utilizes a hybrid approach with central and residential format kitchens in each household to serve the population appropriately. Medical features and spaces such as nursing stations were approached through a hospitality lens, with finishes that recall a household environment.”

Construction of the 200-bed Veterans home facility is a project managed by the Capital Development Board of Illinois.  M+M are Chicago architectural photographers who quote photos of a variety of design and construction company’s portfolio projects. Over the years we’ve been commissioned for photography projects by many of the professional architects, engineers, project managers, interior designers, construction experts, and construction trades project participants many which the Capital Development Board manage for design and construction of Illinois state-funded facilities. The Capital Development Board, CDB manages projects that touch the lives of almost every state of Illinois citizen with work, construction and development on various state property projects colleges and universities, public safety centers, museums and historic sites, state parks, healthcare centers, and health & office buildings. Custom quoting each exterior and interior photography project producing a set of finalized portfolio images for sales, documentation and marketing / new business promotional purposes of construction buildings and facilities.  

We are a photographer who discusses a building’s exterior to ensure our shots of photography of the Chicago Illinois Veterans Home property included the views the client had envisioned.  Architectural and interesting aspects of the symmetrical designed H shaped, mid-rise property included aerial drone images, ground day and night photography, balcony shots utilizing the residential kitchen living room common area’s private wing terraces, and photos of the resident’s northern gardens to include the second-floor green landscaped garden terrace rooftop and additional garden landscaping sitting area below on the veterans home’s first-floor.  The Chicago Skyline is viewable in the distance from the East facing resident rooms and captured within the aerial drone photography.

Construction Project Collaborators:
Construction Manager (CM): Capital Development Board CDB retains the services of the Commissioning Agent as required for green building certification. The CM will also serve as coordinator of the green building certification process.  The facility requires a minimum of LEED Silver Certification or a Green Globes two-globe rating. 
General Contractor:  IHC Construction Companies LLC, 1500 Executive Drive, Elgin & 2700 Delk Road SE Suite 210, Marietta, Georgia
Turner Construction, 55 East Monroe Street Suite 1430, Chicago
Landscaper:  Twin Oaks Landscaping, Inc. 997 Harvey Road, Oswego, IL
Architect: HED | Architecture, Engineering & Design Firm  1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 200, Chicago
Engineering Consultants: IMEG Corp. | KJWW Engineering Consultants, 1100 Warrenville Road, Suite 400W, Naperville, IL

Additional information and sources: 
McCormick Place to Become a COVID-19 Hospital; Chicago Veterans Home Fast-Tracked to Help, As case numbers rise in Illinois, state-owned resources are tapped for response. https://www.enr.com/articles/49058-mccormick-place-becomes-a-covid-19-hospital-chicago-veterans-home-fast-tracked-to-help?id=49058-mccormick-place-becomes-a-covid-19-hospital-chicago-veterans-home-fast-tracked-to-help&oly_enc_id=6223D4770601A0P
Bringing Our Heroes Home – The Illinois Veterans’ Home Project Tops Off https://www.hed.design/node/1918
Chicago’s first veterans home to be completed this year https://columbiachronicle.com/chicagos-first-veterans-home-to-be-completed-this-year
• Chicago Veterans’ Home at Chicago CDB Project Details https://wwwtest.illinois.gov/cdb/projects/Pages/Veterans-Home-at-Chicago.aspx

Illinois Veterans’ Home Chicago, 4250 N. Oak Park Avenue Chicago Illinois 60634. The facility is the first in Chicago and the fifth in Illinois, with other VA homes located in Manteno, Lasalle, Quincy and Anna.

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Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge & Plaza Restoration

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Chicago skyway toll bridge

For behind the scenes + shoot details, visit the APALMANAC M+M feature:  Highway To The Danger Zone: Husband / Wife Team Ryan + Sarah Miller Pull Off Incredible Photos of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge

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Nationwide architectural photographers, we shoot a variety of structures and construction.  For this project, Miller+Miller had the opportunity to capture photography of the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge, canopy, and plaza restoration photographing the toll road’s infrastructure construction completion in photographs.  Not long after the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge & Plaza restoration’s construction completion, we scheduled photography of the famous iconic, neon sign gateway and high-bridge entrance into the city of Chicago. 

The marketing department from the Skyway inquired to Miller + Miller, looking to hire an architectural photographer to capture structural photography with photos showcasing the site’s update which preserved the original vintage art-deco design of the toll plaza structure and infrastructure photography highlighting the modern day new technological improvements. The architectural photography project incorporated a variety of shots including aerial drone photos, day, dusk images, and night photographs of the historic restoration of the Chicago Skyway plaza, LED toll lane signage, modern signs along the roadway, stainless steel tollbooth, steel canopy, neon letter signage, portraits of employees working in toll lanes, and scenic pictures of the high-bridge from the roadway for the organization’s press releases, marketing, website, and advertising photo needs. 

The project included photographing one of the Chicago area’s major transportation route and travel hubs.  The Skyway serves a link between roadways, tollways and expressways within Illinois, Indiana and Michigan midwestern states while traveling to downtown Chicago from the Southside.   The Chicago Skyway is a 7.8 mile long toll road built by the city of Chicago in 1958 to connect the Dan Ryan Expressway to the Indiana Toll Road.  In 2005, Chicago’s Skyway became the first U.S. privatization of a toll road in the country.  The Chicago Skyway Tollway is currently operated & maintained by the Skyway Concession Company, LLC and was purchased in 2016 by three Canadian Pension Funds – OMERS Infrastructure, CPP Investment Board, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.  

Since 2005, the Skyway Concession Company, LLC has invested over 120 million dollars on transportation industry improvements to the Skyway, including an expansive technology build-out to allow for electronic payment of tolls and ability of E-ZPass / I-PASS payment.  The ability to combine the sixty-year-old architecture of the canopy with the latest tolling technology is “a testament to the progressive and versatile nature of the original toll plaza design,” said Skyway Concession Company CEO in a statement to Curbed Chicago.  The Chicago Skyway canopy restoration project, led by SOM, carefully returns the structure to its original form while modernizing its tolling technology. Old cameras, antennae, and other attachments are replaced by new, streamlined technology for more convenient and efficient toll services, plus LED lighting, and easy-to-read digital signage.  According to SOM, the canopy design incorporates photovoltaic panels to provide 100 percent of the renewable clean energy required to run the toll plaza. As communications and transportation technology evolved, the toll plaza had been continuously retrofitted with new devices and fittings.  This recent modernization no longer was impeding service speed and traffic flow.  

The original 1958 construction design of the Skyway’s toll plaza canopy was described as “ultra-modern”. Architectural photographs of the renovation not only included highlighting infrastructure, but also architectural structural renovation design which kept the familiar toll plaza eye-catching mid-century design elements from the historic, original construction design. Car drivers along the roadway today are still invited with the 1958-styled, historic, classic red sign mounted neon letters which spell out “Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge” atop the historically modernized piece of elegant midcentury infrastructure.

In addition, the architectural photography shoot project included capturing day images and night photos of the 1⁄2-mile-long steel truss bridge, known as the “High Bridge” crosses the Calumet River and Calumet Harbor.  A major harbor for large-sized industrial ships, the Skyway bridge’s construction is an impressive 650 feet long and provides for 125 feet of vertical clearance. The photography shoot focused on angles of not only the Skyway’s soaring very HIGH overhead steel bridge & roadway, but also artistic road, expressway and infrastructure pictures with shots of the bridge incorporating the area views of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the Chicago skyline in the distance, and creative aerial drone photographs of the roadway transportation system.

Learn more about The Chicago Skyway at www.chicagoskyway.org.  The Skyway project’s architectural renovation design was led by Architect SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP. Project engineer and civil engineering of the famed Chicago Skyway Bridge’s design and construction by contractors Beier Engineering. Miller + Miller Architectural Photography was thankful to photograph the renovation project providing marketing construction images of the updated Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge & Plaza Restoration project.  

Searching for a photographer to capture images for your organization’s marketing needs? Contact Miller + Miller with your project description.  Miller + Miller are Chicago-based, Nationwide traveling interior, architectural photographers, & UAS drone pilot licensed with commercial construction photography services abilities. Visit our Portfolio to view additional images or the quick links below:

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Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

 
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A video drone shoot for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy power plant project located outside of Tonapah, Nevada. Aerial photography and video by MILLER+MILLER Chicago Drone Videographer & Photographer company who travels to capture building photography Nationwide and around the globe.

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt solar thermal power project located outside of Tonopah, in the rural deserts of Nevada.  A concentrating solar power (CSP) plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology developed by SolarReserve, Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC. The $1 billion project includes 10,347 heliostats that collect and focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through an approximately 640-foot tall solar power tower. The molten salt circulates from the tower to a storage tank, where it is then used to produce steam and generate electricity.  Excess thermal energy is stored in the molten salt and can be used to generate power for up to ten hours, including during the evening hours and when direct sunlight is not available. The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas. 

Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) between SolarReserve and Nevada Energy, all power generated by the Crescent Dunes project in the next 25 years will be sold to the Nevada Power Company for $0.135 per kilowatt-hour. In late September, 2011, Tonopah Solar Energy received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The capital funds included $170,000,000 in EB-5 investment through SolarReserve / ACS Cobra partner CMB Regional Centers.

Construction at the renewable energy generation station began in 2011 and ended in 2013, followed by several months of testing the plant systems. Melting about 70,000,000 pounds of salt takes took two months. Once melted, the salt stays melted for the life of the plant and gets cycled through the receiver for reheating. The SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Facility project entered commissioning phase in February 2014.  The Super Bright Glow of the solar power tower can sometimes be visible at more than a hundred miles away on highway US 95. The plant’s strategic location is in the desolate, geographical and sun-filled desert of central Nevada.

MILLER+MILLER Architectural Photography is available to photograph and shoot video using drones and photography equipment of any structure wether in Chicago or anywhere in the United States and beyond Globally. Our husband+wife operated photo team has photographed infrastructure, government facilities, commercial properties & much more Nationwide for over ten years.


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