Mt. Greenwood Elementary School Annex

This Mt. Greenwood Elementary School project consists of the construction of a two-story annex, renovation to the existing building, and site improvements. The new annex will house 13 standard classrooms, administrative space, restrooms and an elevator. Inside the existing school building, two classrooms will be converted to lunchroom space to expand dining capacity. Site improvements include the removal of a modular classroom building and the installation of a new parking lot and playground.

This is the PBC’s third construction project at Mt. Greenwood Elementary School; the first two projects were a linked annex and a modular building.

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View the contract details for Mt. Greenwood’s vertical construction here.

View the contract details for Mt. Greenwood’s site preparation here.

Richard Edwards Dual Language Fine & Performing Arts IB School Annex and Renovation

This two-part project includes the construction of a 3-story annex and renovations to the existing school building. Renovations were required in all areas affected/damaged by roof water infiltration, and damaged masonry water infiltration includes the first and second floor classrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and ancillary spaces. The required exterior repairs include a new roof system, masonry tuckpointing and lintel repairs. There will be upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as it relates to the existing roof, and facade element failures.

The 50,000-square-foot annex was completed in 2016. The annex houses a lunchroom/multipurpose room, kitchen, and 24 classrooms. Three spaces in the main building were also renovated for educational use. Two modular units were demolished or removed upon completion of the annex, and a new playground was installed.

Lindblom Math & Science Academy Parking Lot

The PBC completed the land acquisition, design, and construction of a city-funded, 100-space parking lot for Lindblom Math & Science Academy. This project is located adjacent to the school and Lindblom Park, improving the safety and security of school staff that park off-campus.

Langston Hughes Elementary School

LEED Certified: Gold

This one story 103,000 SF elementary school designed for 840 Pre-K through 8th grade students. Twenty percent (20%) of the student population have special needs requirements. This state-of-the-art school will include 30 classrooms; Music, Science, Art, Library, Dining, and Gymnasium. The exterior finish will be mostly a masonry material. This site will have two parking lots, playground areas, and an accessible ball field.

LEED Features: The Discovery Garden of native plantings will be watered with rain water captured in a cistern, and the play areas use high reflectivity pavement to reduce urban heat island effects. This project has a target goal of LEED “Silver” Certification.


  • 2010 Silver Medal Association of Licensed Architects in recognition of superior achievement and professional design excellence
  • 2010 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design (3rd Place)

Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy

LEED Certified: GOLD

Open for the 2009 school year this school is the L shaped prototypical design to serve 900 students, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The 106,000-square-foot, three-story, steel frame and masonry construction building includes science, computer, music, and art classrooms, in addition to library, gymnasium, and dining facilities. There is parking to accommodate 222 vehicles for the new school and adjacent Hanson Stadium.

LEED Features: This building incorporates the sustainable design criteria required by the USGBC to achieve LEED “Silver” Certification, including 25% green roof.

Willye B. White Community Center

The Gale School Community center will be built in the Rogers Park community. It will feature a competition-sized gymnasium, with two full-sized athletic courts that will accommodate basketball, volleyball and other activities. At 18,325 square feet, the facility will also include a fitness room, a spacious club room that can be divided into two smaller rooms, two administrative offices and men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers that will be fully accessible for people with disabilities.

The building will also include environmentally friendly features, such as low-consumption water fixtures, and a partial green roof, which will capture rainwater and return a portion back to the atmosphere.

Dunne STEM Academy

The addition is planned as a one-story Annex with a two-story link to the existing school and includes site development work and renovations of the existing 1971 school building. The program scope for the Annex will include a Science and Pre-Engineering Lab, elementary gymnasium with gym office and storage, unisex toilet, building services, and 2-stop elevator for access between the Annex and existing 1971 school building. Site development scope for the Annex will include a playground, artificial turf field and landscaping.

The new Annex and site will be designed and constructed to achieve a minimum LEED for Schools 2009 Certification as defined by the USGBC.

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George Westinghouse College Prep

LEED Certified: GOLD

Mayor Richard M. Daley rang the bell on the first day of school for the 242,500 sq-ft; 2-story masonry building which will serve as a college preparatory high school and career academy. The new school building replaces the adjacent existing school. The building includes state-of-the-art science labs; computer labs; classroom facilities; administrative offices; a 500 seat auditorium; and an interior courtyard with landscaping.
Parking for 75 vehicles is included. The project also includes a 5-lane swimming pool and gymnasium with locker facilities and a kitchen. After demo of the former school the final phase will include additional parking and an outdoor athletic complex.