To minimize disruption to the community, Blinderman began with intensive preplanning to develop and implement highly detailed plans coordinating deliveries of construction materials, material lay down areas, and schedule work hours.
This masonry addition to an existing school building adds a new kitchen and lunchroom, nineteen classrooms, two music rehearsal rooms, a spacious rooftop play area, and an exterior playground to what was previously a severely overcrowded Chicago public school. Renovations to the existing circa 1894 school building were also included in the scope, including a new elevator, a vertical lift, a new fire alarm system, and interior renovation to classrooms.
This project’s inherent challenges included an aggressive construction schedule that called for erecting the building structure in the middle of one of the coldest winters on record. In addition to over one month lost to bad weather days, the project encountered several delays due to public utility coordination and discovered site conditions. Despite these delays, the facility was completed as scheduled in time for school to open.
Chicago Public Building Commission
New Construction – Addition / Renovation
3-Stories, 40,000 SF