Bridges Adult Transition Center

Lincolnwood, Illinois


StudioGC architecture + interiors


Niles Township High School District 219


48,574 sq.ft.

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The Bridges program services students aged 18 to 21 with special needs at Niles Township High School District 219 who are transitioning from high school to adulthood. Although adults with disabilities account for 26 percent of the U.S. population, few educational facilities exist that are dedicated to the support of these young adults during these formative years.

The new Bridges Adult Transition Center focuses on this transition by educating these young adults about various life skills, leisure skills, and vocational skills through simulated lab settings and learning environments. The program was previously housed in one of the school district’s existing high schools, and occupied only 2,700 square feet. Space issues always created limitations for the program. The vision of the educational program helped inform the district of how much space was needed for the Bridges facility. With this information, the district bought a vacated warehouse, and an adaptive reuse project was born that transformed the existing building to the new Bridges Center.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Flooring by Tarkett USA
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Physical-Education Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Bricks, Inc.
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Horton Door
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Special-Lite
Doors by Curries
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Plumbing by American Standard
Roofing by Garland
Windows by Kalwall
Windows by Pittco
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Locks by Schlage
Card Systems by Aiphone
Classroom Furniture by HON
Classroom Furniture by Hi-5
Computer Furniture by Steelcase
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by HON
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Hi-5
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Bradley Corporation
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Communications Systems by Belden Wire
Clocks/Time Management by Atlas Sound
HVAC Units by Carrier
HVAC Control Devices by Siemens Building Technologies
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Laundry Equipment by Unimac
Lockers by Lyon Workspace Products
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Walltalkers
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
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