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MARDELL M. PARKER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL – FLOSSMOOR SD 161

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!

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BRAESIDE SCHOOL RESTORATION – NORTH SHORE SCHOOL DISTRICT 112

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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LAKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS – GRAYSLAKE ILLINOIS

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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WAUKEGAN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER – WAUKEGAN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 60

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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ROCHELLE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELDS – ROCHELLE THSD 212

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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WINNETKA PARK DISTRICT – SERVICE CENTER

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.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    New Service Center
Project Size:    8,800 sq ft
Construction Start:    June 2009

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GEORGE WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL – LYONS SCHOOL DISTRICT 103

The George Washington Middle School was recently expanded and remodeled to accommodate the increased enrollment in the Lyons Elementary School District.

Several new classrooms and an art room were included as part of the school’s new south addition.  The existing school building was reconfigured by the relocation of the nurse’s office, the creation of a new Multi-Purpose Room supporting district presentations and assemblies, and the installation of a full preparation kitchen.

Other building improvements include ceiling and lighting upgrades, locker replacements, and improved student resource classrooms.   The new covered main entry provided an improved school image and much needed protection from the weather for students.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Middle School
Grades Served:    6-8
Area of Addition:   12,510
Area of Renovation:    12,095

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DIXON HIGH SCHOOL – DIXON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 170

As District 170’s architect since 1993, GreenAssociates has worked on multiple improvements to the historic Dixon High School.
The district is proud of the historic nature of the high school and strives to provide improvements that will both preserve the building and improve the learning environment.
Repair and restoration of the tile roof and tuck pointing of exterior masonry have helped preserve the historic character of the school.

The addition of an elevator and improvements to electrical systems have allowed the school to maintain compliance with accessibility and life safety standards.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    High School
Grades:    9-12
Students:    1000

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MARSEILLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 150

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.

Project Data
Type of Facility    Elementary School
Grades Served    K-8
Area of Restoration    50,579 sq ft

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HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 34

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

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Elementary
Grades:    PreK-1
Area:   58,675 SF

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