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  7. William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will

William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will

  • 01:00 - 3 January, 2014
William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will
William Jones College Preparatory  / Perkins+Will, © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography © James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography + 24

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

Text description provided by the architects. Located just south of the “Loop” in downtown Chicago, the replacement William Jones College Preparatory High School will serve 1,200 students in grades 9 through 12 in a new 278,000-square-foot facility. Due to the compact urban site, the design disperses the school’s functions vertically over seven occupied floors, rather than employing a low-rise horizontal layout typical of most schools.

Fourth Floor Plan
Fourth Floor Plan

Classroom spaces are located at the center of the school, on Levels 4 and 5, to provide optimum proximity to the shared curriculum spaces above and below. A central commons space opens up along the main student corridors, providing circulation relief and access to natural light.

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

At street level, a three-story lobby and pre-function space supports a 500- seat auditorium which can be shared with the public for after-hours use. A natatorium and gymnasium support athletic functions on the top floorand provide views to Lake Michigan and Grant Park to the east. Parking for approximately 70 cars is provided below the building.

Sectional Perspective
Sectional Perspective

To encourage the use of stairways, rather than elevators, stairwells are widened to support student interaction and also feature abundant natural light and views. Additionally, terraces off of the dining center on level 2, the library on level 3 and the athletic spaces at level 7 provide an outdoor amenity and help to break down the mass of the building. The project is pursuing LEED Gold certification.

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will" 03 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/463438/william-jones-college-preparatory-perkins-will/> ISSN 0719-8884