UNO Veteran’s Memorial Campus at Archer Heights

Dramatically glazed building volumes provide sunlit communal spaces that breathe new life into an existing brick and concrete industrial structure. This competition-winning design stacks two elementary schools and a high school on separate floors. Strategically located glass elements provide natural lighting throughout the facility. Communal spaces are multi-functional – providing areas for the local community during off-school hours.

Extensive green elements provide spaces that promote good health through sustainable technologies. A south facing glass wall harvests warm air to help heat the building, an existing chimney extracts extra heat in the summer, and extensive green roofs provide pleasant outdoor spaces for students and faculty. The UNO Charter School is certified LEED Gold, writing a new chapter for education and the environment.

2011 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit
2011 ALA Design Award
2010 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design,
First Place
2010 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Rehab Construction, First Place
2009 Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award, First Place

CLIENT: FH Paschen/DENco Joint Venture
ARCHITECT: UrbanWorks, Ltd.
CONSULTING FIRMS: dbHMS, David Mason Associates, Transsolar Energietechnik, Charter Sills and Associates, Shiner+Associates, Inc., CivCon Services, BauerLatoza Studio, Edge Associates, Inc., Dynacept Engineers, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christopher Barrett
SITE AREA: 175,000 SF (building)