University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

5852 S Dorchester Ave. 41,000 sq. ft

This project involved constructing new building on University of Chicago’s campus. Construction involved masonry block work and installing a limestone rain screen system, which consisted of 2″ stone being laid on a GRIDWORX system with extensive miters and glass curtain wall coordination.
There was also the installation of ground face block in the theater.

The renovation/expansion of the Laboratory Schools will support expansion of the Laboratory Schools from 1750 to 2050 students. New construction includes an early childhood education unit and enhanced space for performing and visual arts. Renovations will provide reorganized space for libraries, collaborative teaching and counseling, and faculty and administration offices, as well as improve life/safety systems, accessibility, sustainability and infrastructure. The plan will result in the renovation of approximately 315,000 gross square feet and the construction of approximately 246,000 gross square feet, including an 115,000 gross square foot arts hall on the Belfield Hall site and 131,000 gross square foot Earl Shapiro Hall at 5800 Stony Island Avenue. The project consists of three phases: Earl Shapiro Hall, Phase 1, opened in September 2013. Phases 2 and 3 include renovations of the existing campus and construction of the Gordon Parks Arts Hall.