Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy

Chicago, Illinois

The goal for this regional public high school was to expand an existing school of 400 students to an enrollment of 900 and create a facility to accommodate a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. The architect designed a phased master plan and provided a delivery system that completed design and construction within two years while the school remained in use.

An ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMMaureen Reagan Architects, Associate Architect; Brook Architecture, Associate ArchitectCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$141.64FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio four-story, 60,000-square-foot building, situated on a 35-acre urban site, was renovated to house a counseling center, administrative offices, regular and specialized classrooms, and a top floor dedicated to music education. Two four-story wings were added to each end of the building. A library, classrooms, computer labs and science classrooms are in the 55,000-square-foot east wing. The 45,000-square-foot west wing houses a full-service kitchen and lunchroom, two-story practice gymnasium and locker rooms, and art classrooms. The facility, which is air-conditioned and ADA-accessible, is equipped with computer network connections in all classrooms, offices and the library. It has cable-television access throughout and provisions for a future distance-learning classroom.