Category Archives: Elementary School
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.
Type of Facility: Elementary School
Area of Building: 71,961 sq ft
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.
Type of Facility: Administration
Project Area: 4,400 SF
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.
Type of Project: Solar Array
Completion: May 2005
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.
Type of Facility: Elementary School
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.
Type of Facility: Athletic Complex
Area: 40 acres
The Winnetka Park District conducted a 12 month study to determine the feasibility and placement of a Service Center for the District’s golf and parks operations. Opting for good stewardship and operating efficiency, the Park District directed the project meet LEED Gold Certification standards.
The building was located on a brownfield site, atop a capped landfill adjacent to the Village of Winnetka’s Public Works Facility. On the outside, rain water storage cisterns, water efficient vegetation, fixed exterior sun shading, and other sustainable design strategies were used to garner LEED points. Inside, low flow fixtures, energy efficient lighting, low emitting materials, and ‘smart’ lighting and thermal controls were used throughout the facility.
The new Service Center includes an office area with work stations, conference room, locker rooms and storage, and a work bay with a vehicle maintenance area, workshop and dedicated equipment and storage spaces.
Type of Facility: New Service Center
Project Size: 8,800 sq ft
Construction Start: June 2009
Marseilles Elementary School District 150’s single school building was flooded in April 2013, when river barges were tore free of their tug and slammed into the town’s dam and levies. The resulting breach flooded over 200 homes as well as the basement and first level of the school.
GreenAssociates was on site the morning flood waters began to recede. Working closely with the District’s administration, a plan was developed to assess, coordinate, diagram, and put in place remediation measures for the school.
Clean up and construction work through the summer and fall allowing students to return to their classrooms the third week of January 2014.
Type of Facility Elementary School
Grades Served K-8
Area of Restoration 50,579 sq ft
District 34 found their population was growing and curriculum changing. A study, under the leadership of the superintendent and school board, concluded that the district needed additional facilities with an emphasis on early education.
Hillcrest sits on a beautiful but challenging site of changing elevation, wooded areas, and wetlands. The design accommodates the building, circulation, playing fields, and access while being sensitive to the surroundings.
The design of the school reflects a residential scale in order to make the large building more accessible to the grade-level students it will serve. The plan is divided into four “houses” or groups of classrooms, an administrative and library area, and a Multi-Purpose Room.
Exterior materials for the building were chosen to be economical, durable, and to reflect the natural materials of the wooded site
Type of Facility: Elementary
Area: 58,675 SF