Benito Juarez High School Campus
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Location
Chicago, IL
Client
Chicago Public Schools
Design Architect
UrbanWorks, Ltd.
Managing Architect
OWP+P
Consulting Engineers
OWP&P Engineers
Project Initiation
2004
Completion of Work
2008
Site Area
15 acres

The ecology and aesthetics of the Copper Canyon region of Chihuahua, Mexico inspired the formal expression of this renovation and addition to a high school in a predominantly Latino neighborhood. Dance and movement are evoked by the playful composition of building facades. Exterior materials are layered to represent elements of Mexico’s ecology – the forest, sedimentary rock, and a vegetative roof.

The master plan introduces a performing arts center, classroom addition, and academic building to the existing physical education building and outdoor athletic fields. Careful consideration of the environmental design creates a semi-private green space within the campus. Stringent Chicago Public School standards for accessibility, IT, theater, and the outdoor campus are maintained throughout.