This 1,200 student K-8 school was the first school developed under the new 2013 CPS design standards, with new, more cost-effective objectives to maintain educational program standards, simplify constructibility, expedite the schedule, and reduce construction cost.
To visually mitigate the large mass of the structure and to add visual interest on the façade, a series of articulated planes were developed that collapse spatially along the Chicago Skyway. Inside the building color, scale, and lighting were employed to help mitigate the perceived length of the 250-foot long corridor. The school is sited on a triangular-shaped site that abuts the elevated Chicago Skyway.
The school is designed with 44 academic classrooms, 2 computer labs, 3 science classrooms, 3 art/science classrooms, 2 music rooms, kitchen, and dining facilities, gymnasium, library, and administrative offices. Site improvements include new parking, an artificial turf playfield, playgrounds, and site landscaping. Construction Documents and Construction Administration services were completed in partnership with associate architect UrbanWorks.
This school is LEED Schools Silver Certified under the USGBC LEED 2009 for Schools program.