Legat Architects Sees Both Opportunities and Obstacles for Chicago in 2019
Jan23

Legat Architects Sees Both Opportunities and Obstacles for Chicago in 2019

Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s never too late to prepare for the future!”*  And with that in mind, we asked a group of people working in Chicagoland architecture firms, development companies, and related fields to Swiffer off their crystal balls and tell us what they see for 2019. Today we tap Steve Blye, senior architect at the West Loop’s Legat Architects for his notions of the year ahead: Thinking about...

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Geotechnical Crews Get a Taste of 353 West Grand
Apr03

Geotechnical Crews Get a Taste of 353 West Grand

After wasting half a day going back-and-forth to the big orange home improvement megamart trying to repair a single-handle Moen bathtub faucet (insert string of expletives here), my wife asked me the question, “Are there any more hardware stores anymore?” How timely! Because just as she said those words my phone, which was previously in a continuous loop of plumbing repair videos, concidentally lit up with an incoming...

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A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio
Feb21

A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio

We’ve toured the offices of dozens and dozens of architecture firms in Chicago over the last 14 years.  A few look just like any other office churning out widgets and paperwork. But most are clearly designed to inspire their employees, impress their investors, and demonstrate that architecture is a both a creative art and a science. Legat Architects recently opened a new studio in north suburban Gurnee.  It’s about 15...

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Passings: Alan F. Bombick 1955-2016
Jul06

Passings: Alan F. Bombick 1955-2016

It’s always sad when we have to report that Chicago’s creative community has lost a member.  Legat Architects‘ Alan F. Bombick has passed away. Mr. Bombick grew up in suburban Brookfield, and went to school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Among his projects you might have seen are the ABC7 State Street StudiosHyatt Place Chicago-South/University Center. Mr. Bombick was just 61 years old.  You can...

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What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing
Feb01

What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing

We continue our discussion with Legat Architects.  Last week we introduced you to the suburban firm with the West Loop outpost that’s focused on the education, healthcare, and institutional sectors. Today, Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan explain to us how being focused on those markets means accessibility is a high priority.  And an ever-changing one. Jeff Sronkoski: ...

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A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space
Jan25

A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to sit down with a number of architecture firms and development companies in Chicago and introduce them to our readers.  For some, it’s become an annual affair.  For others, this is their first time at this rodeo. Today we welcome Legat Architects to the table for the first time. Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan took some time...

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Cleveland-Area Hotel has Chicago DNA
Oct02

Cleveland-Area Hotel has Chicago DNA

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. If in the future...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service
Apr09

Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service

Editor’s Note: Some of the best architecture in Chicagoland isn’t in the gritty canyons of downtown, it’s out in the prairie towns and villages that ring our fair city. One of those architectural gems is the Metra Stone Avenue station in La Grange. Douglas Ogurek of Legat Architects tells us his firm has completely renovated the 100-year-old station, restoring it to a condition it’s not seen in years. His...

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Shoptalk: Legat At 50
Aug24

Shoptalk: Legat At 50

West Loop architecture firm Legat has been around for half a century.  There’s probably nothing we can say about it that they can’t say better themselves, other than “congratulations,” so here’s the press release they sent over:   Legat Architects celebrates fifty years past, prepares for next fifty [Chicago, IL] – A string hung from Joe Legat’s drafting table when he launched Legat Architects from a...

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