GreenAssociates Lecture Lunch

In an effort to continue our education and strive for success we invited three science teachers from Carleton W. Washburne Middle School District 36 in Winnetka, Illinois to our office today for a brief presentation and extended questions and answer session regarding their classrooms, school and curriculum.  The resulting discussion lead our architects on an in depth, first hand tour of how their efforts affect the end users as well as what items are essential versus expendable for them to do their job effectively.

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Hubbard Woods Park Shelter – Village of Winnetka

Hubbard Woods Park’s existing structures – the warming shelter and gazebo – are in various states of disrepair, and as a result are significantly under-utilized. Rehabilitation of these structures was examined by the Park District, however it was determined that given the limited usefulness of the building, the cost to rehabilitate the park shelter would not be cost effective. Ultimately, it was determined that the most beneficial option for the park would be to develop a new shelter with updated facilities, including restrooms, park district storage space, and performance areas, enabling it to serve as a key landmark and gathering point within the Hubbard Woods District. To achieve this goal, the Park Land Use Master Plan studied several potential locations for a new and ultimately concluded that a centrally located structure could provide the same function as both the existing warming hut and gazebo combined.

The shelter is composed of three primary elements: a) Open Stage, b) Restrooms and c) Storage / Mechanical Space. The Open Stage is slightly larger than the existing gazebo, but is more open, lending itself to a greater variety of performances and presentations. The Restrooms provide accessible facilities for all users of the park and are placed adjacent to the relocated playground area. The Storage / Mechanical Space serves two functions: providing storage area for the stage to allow for a greater variety of use, and providing mechanical space to serve the proposed splash pad, a new amenity in the park.

We are also working with The Lakota Group in relocating the playground to a more favorable location as well as modifying the pathways and landscaping around the park.

The overall goal for this project is to give the visitors to Winnetka a functional and inviting area to spend time with family and friends.Untitled-1


Conceived as a replacement for its 100 + year old name sake, the new District 231 Lincoln Elementary school is located on 49 acres of former agriculture land on the north side of town adjacent to the community’s High School complex. Partially funded with a 2003 state construction grant, the new PK-5 facility has three grade sections and serves over 450 students including segments for early childhood and special education. Its state-of-the-art classrooms have the latest in teaching technology and are supported by smart building automation.  This enhances the learning environment and reduces long term operating costs.

The new school was laid out using sustainable design principles. The entire building is heated and cooled with ground source – or geothermal – energy. Pulling heat from over 100 deep wells on site, the school’s HVAC operates far more efficiently than its predecessor, substantially reducing the district’s energy costs.

Project Information
Type of Facility:    Elementary School
Grades:     PK-5
Area of Building:    71,961 sq ft

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The School District desired to remodel and consolidate its many administration departments in one centralized location.  It was decided to remodel the District’s existing administrative spaces at Washburne School to improve its efficiency and to make room for the District’s remote HR department.

Without adding additional floor area, the remodeled space features  a larger main conference room, a secondary conference room, separated lunchroom and workroom, improved mechanical ventilation and lighting, and a more refined and comfortable office environment to promote employee satisfaction and productivity.

A full height “privacy wall” furniture system, complete with locking sliding doors, was used to create private offices for all employees for confidential business matters.  The top portion of the privacy wall system incorporates acoustically rated glass that allows daylight into the center of the office and promotes an open feeling.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Administration
Project Area:    4,400 SF

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We wanted to put up a few photos of our project going on at Mardell M. Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor which includes new upgraded classrooms, art studio, front facade as well as new mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

While this is just the shell of a learning environment you can really start to imagine it full of students!





In the summer of 2005, Reagan Middle School in Dixon, Illinois became the largest ground-mounted solar school in the state. Its 51.2 kW system was placed at a school named after President Ronald Reagan – in a town where he lived as a child. This large system shows off the fact that solar can supply a large amount of power, and educate at the same time.

GreenAssociates assisted in the design of the thermal solar arrays which is expected to pay back the District in eight to ten years.

Project Data

Type of Project:    Solar Array
Completion:    May 2005

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Braeside Elementary school is an exquisite example of prairie style architecture.  Built in 1927, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building features projecting roof planes, divided-lite windows, a rusticated natural stone base, and stucco walls with terra cotta tile accents.  Over the years, parts of the exterior fell into disrepair.

GreenAssociates was commissioned by the owner to restore the building’s historical integrity.  We worked closely with contractors to create appropriate stucco mixes for each area of the building.  Degraded surfaces were either replaced or repaired and the entire building underwent a non-destructive cleaning process.  Missing terra cotta accents were carefully matched and replaced.

Windows were scraped, repaired, spot primed, and painted.  All glazing sealants were replaced with modern high-performance compounds.  Roof, parapet and soffit reconstruction was completed using material consistent with the building’s aesthetic.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Elementary School
Grades:    K-5

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First retained by the Lake County High Schools Technical Campus in 2011, we have been actively involved with many projects on their Grayslake campus, including:

– Greenhouse improvements.  We developed the remodeling plans and activity schedule for the facility greenhouse.  Members of the Campus’ Building Trades class will be implementing the changes in 2014.
– Cosmetology.  We conducted a planning, and programming study with department leaders, and then renovated the cosmetology department spaces according to the study’s findings.
– Auto body and repair:  We made mechanical improvements to the Campus’ automotive area, by designing a new building   exhaust system for the auto body and exhaust repair class bays.

Facility Data
Grades Served:    9-12
Number of Districts:    18

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The Waukegan School District was in need of additional Early Childhood space.  A shuttered US Army Reserve Armory was acquired by the District and GreenAssociates was given the commission for its rehabilitation.

The renovated building features a new bus drop off lane along with an ADA compliant approach and entry.  Inside are seven classrooms, a conference room, three offices and two sets of restrooms.  The old drill hall will be re-purposed as a multipurpose room.
The interior surfaces of the building will be removed and replaced with painted drywall partitions, acoustical ceiling panels, and resilient floor tiles. Casework will be installed in the classrooms and ceramic tile applied to restroom walls and floor.  New water service, a complete renewal of the mechanical and plumbing systems and the installation and/or upgrade of lighting, voice, data, fire alarm, sprinkler system and electrical services will complete the internal build-out.
A portion of the building will remain for future development.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Early Education
Grades:     Pre-K
Area of Building:    25,290 sq ft

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GreenAssociates provided both Construction Management and Architectural Design services for the new athletic facilities at Rochelle Township High School which opened in fall 2004.

The new complex includes a 4000 seat football stadium with press box, all weather competition track, competition baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, practice fields, and supporting locker rooms, storage buildings, and parking.

Also included on the site is a 3500 sq ft greenhouse facility supporting the school’s horticultural program.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Athletic Complex
Grades:    9-12
Area:    40 acres

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