Skokie School, designed in 1926 by Dwight H. Perkins, AIA, one of Chicago’s outstanding early architects known for his cutting-edge school designs, had lain dormant for years. The district’s need for space caused administrators to reopen it as a sixth-grade center.
Aspects of the school’s design were quite interesting and current. Building on these elements, the COST PER SQ FT$91.62FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms created an interior that is warm and functional, and allows the surfaces to display student work and educational aids.
The project involved updating the MEP systems and accessibility, a major problem in this multilevel building. In addition, asbestos abatement, new roofing and major masonry repair were required. New lighting was installed in all spaces, and where possible, the classical school glass globes were used.
Skylights were refurbished with new metal-, heat- and light-resistant materials, bringing in light during the day, and creating a warm glow in evening hours when the school is occupied. New millwork and trim in classrooms were provided to supplement and match existing oak.
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