United Neighborhood Organization Veteran's Memorial Campus at Archer Heights
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Location
Chicago, IL
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
Project Inititation
2007
Completion of Work
2008
Site Area
175,000 (building)

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.

Awards and Publications

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