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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

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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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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GOWER MIDDLE & WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 62

Located in suburban DuPage County, Illinois, the Gower School District has long enjoyed stable enrollment and academic success.  Taking positive steps to improve its curriculum and continue as a 21st Century learning center, Gower School District 62 embarked on a renovation and expansion program for their two schools.

Their middle school’s exploratory programs of Industrial Tech, Art, and Consumer Science, along with three Science labs, were enlarged and updated. An auxiliary gym and fitness room were added on the building’s east side by the existing gym and locker rooms. Life safety improvements were made throughout the school.

Gower West, the District’s elementary school, received health life safety improvements.  To better support the District’s academic mission, three of its existing classrooms were renovated and repurposed as two Early Childhood Center classrooms.

Project Data
Facilities:    Middle School and Elementary School
Grades Served:    PreK-8
Area of Addition:    17,960 sf
Area of Renovation:    23,200 sf

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HIGHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL – LIBERTYVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 70

To improve the size and quality of classroom and encore spaces, District 70 chose to demolish the aging front section of Highland and rebuild.

The addition follows a similar footprint as the former building, but increases classroom size and corridor width while relocating the main entry and office.

The addition includes 6 classrooms and administration, while renovated spaces include 4 classrooms, 4 science labs, 2 computer labs, art, and theater.

The materials of the front facade tie  the addition to the existing school, and the new canopy provides both a visual focus and a defined entry point.

Project Data
Type of Facility:    Middle School
Grades:    6-8
Project Area:    49,400 SFSD 70 Highland MS Exterior 2-std SD 70 Highland MS Exterior 1-lrg SD 70 Highland MS Exterior 4-std SD 70 Highland MS Lobby-std SD 70 Highland MS LRC Upper-std