Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing+ 27

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  17470 ft² Area:  17470 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 Year:  2013
  • Photographs Photographs:  Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
  • Interior Designer:John Ronan Architects
  • Structural Engineers:Goodfriend Magruder Structure, LLC
  • Mep Engineers:dbHMS
  • Civil Engineers:Terra Engineering, Ltd
  • Landscape:Terra Engineering, Ltd
  • General Contractor:Norcon, Inc
  • Design Team:John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter AIA, (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
  • City:Chicago
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© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

Text description provided by the architects. Precast concrete panels stacked like blocks lend a playful character to this elementary school addition in Chicago. Responding to the owner's modest budget, the project's colored panels turn the school into a learning tool, its tectonic expression of stacked elements explains the way loads are carried to the ground in a way that can be understood by young school children. The ground and polished finish of the panels transforms an otherwise commonplace building component, and offers the institution a simple yet noble character.

© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

A gymnasium and recreation room on the third level are stacked over library, classroom and computer lab spaces, which serve the community on the first two floors. Making full use of its space-limited urban site, a rooftop playground enables students to view down into the street below; in this way this children become the school's identity.

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Materials in this LEED Silver-building are chosen for their cost, durability and sustainability, with a high percentage of local-manufactured, extracted and processed materials (precast concrete, concrete slab and blocks) constituting the major building elements, and finishes containing recycled content. School drop off preferences fuel-efficient vehicles and the school's "green" roof minimizes the building's contribution to the urban heat island effect.

© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

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Address:1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, United States

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Cite: "Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects" 23 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/559153/erie-elementary-charter-school-john-ronan-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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