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Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 October, 2014
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 © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, United States
  • Design Team

    John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter AIA, (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
  • Area

    17470.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • 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
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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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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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