The Early Learning Educational Investments project is comprised of interior renovations to children’s library area. The renovations will incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the five practices of early learning — Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play.
New Construction of an 111,000 square foot, 1,200 student, 3-story elementary school. The school will include 44 academic classrooms, 2 computer labs, 3 science classrooms, 3 art/science classrooms, 2 music rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, gymnasium, library, and administrative suite. Building construction will be concrete and steel frame over spread concrete footings and an exterior envelope consisting of cold formed steel studs and masonry veneer. Site improvements comprising of a new parking lot for 51 cars, storm water management improvements, new sidewalks at south and northeast of parking lot and main property, new vehicular drive at west edge of property, and a refuse / delivery area at southeast of project site.
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The Project consists of construction of a new 135,000 square foot, 1500 student, 3-story middle school. The school will include 48 classrooms, 3 special needs classrooms 3 breakout spaces, 4 science classrooms, 4 computer classrooms, 2 art classrooms, 1 music classroom, a dining center, a hybrid kitchen, gymnasium, library, and administrative suite. Building construction will be concrete and steel frame atop spread concrete footings and an exterior envelope consisting of cold formed steel studs and masonry veneer. Site improvements comprising of a new parking lot, storm water management improvements, new sidewalks, new vehicular drive, artificial athletic turf fields and a refuse / delivery.
The new building and site will be designed and constructed to achieve a minimum LEED for Schools 2009 Certified rating as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Proposed 3-story Annex to include 12 classrooms, a Library/Media Resource Center, and Administration Office, a Dining Center, and a kitchen in accordance with CPS’s new Hybrid Kitchen Model. Renovation and demolition work includes conversion of existing rooms to Classrooms and removal of an existing modular classroom building.
“Payton gives kids from across the city an opportunity to think big, dream big, realize big.”
– Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Nestled on the near north side of Chicago, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School has become the quintessential space for student achievement. The school’s new annex raises potential enrollment by one-third, increasing access to one of the top-rated high schools in Illinois. Students reporting for the first day of the 2016/17 school year found a spacious café, competition-size gym, black box theatre, dance studio and more in the new 49,000-square-foot facility.
Its design takes its cues from the legacy building without resorting to replication, utilizing a complementary palette and referencing its asymmetrical design through a rotated third-floor gymnasium. The project also features renovations in the existing building, including transforming former theatre space into a standard classroom and a special education classroom into a biology lab. The work at Payton helps broaden the range of educational opportunities for our future leaders, providing the resources necessary for a 21st-century education.
The critical capital investments into Walter Payton College Preparatory High School have helped to grow the school’s capacity while ensuring students, many who are community residents, learn in a safe, modern and comfortable environment. The annex houses 14 classrooms featuring dedicated space for art and music, special education, dance and driver’s education. In addition, the annex features a multipurpose blackbox theatre, gymnasium with locker facilities, a fitness room and a student lounge. The team of KOO LLC and Paschen /Milhouse Joint Venture designed and built the annex in the near north community.
Many of the school’s interior and exterior amenities are available for community recreational use after hours and on weekends. This new learning environment also represents an example of how great public buildings foster sustainability within the community while serving as a developmental engine for the neighborhood.
“Thank you for all you and your team are doing to make Payton an even more vibrant school. Consider this: the new building will allow us to educate ~100 additional students per year over the life of the new building. Thus, you and your team are making it possible to expose at least 7,500 young souls to the Payton experience, which has proven to be a rich opportunity for kids across Chicago’s socio-economic spectrum and neighborhoods.”
– Tim Devine, Principal of Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
Payton was the winner of the Chicago Building Congress’s 2017 Merit Award in the category “New Construction Under $55M – Chicago.” Read the press release about this award here.
The project includes the construction of a three-story 38,000 square foot annex comprised of 14 classrooms, a computer classroom, a science classroom, a music classroom, a kitchen/dining room, and select interior renovations at the existing school. Site improvements comprise of new play equipment, artificial turf field, and storm water management improvements. The existing modular will be removed upon completion of the annex.
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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.
The project includes the development of an approximately 38,000 square foot Annex and site development. The annex will include 16 classrooms with a lunchroom/multi-purpose room and a hybrid kitchen.
The existing school kitchen will be repurposed to a classroom. The existing play lot will be replaced with a new play lot on the western portion of the site. The existing modulars will be removed when Annex is complete.
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