Chicago, IL

The original 41,000 SF open structure provided the perfect opportunity to transform into an innovative space and support Blending Learning curriculum. Intrinsic’s design adapted and reused seventy-five percent of the existing lumberyard structures, all originally bowstring truss buildings. It includes an open air shed that is more than forty feet tall – built in 1945 with solid wood columns cut from trees hand selected in the Pacific Northwest, and two (2) buildings from 1911 and 1928. Instead of traditional classrooms it features oversized teaching spaces called “pods” that foster the personalized instruction to which the school is committed.


Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering
Life Safety Engineering
Fundamental Commissioning
LEED Design


McGuire Engineers provided mechanical and electrical design engineering services. This project has been awarded the 2015, BD+C Reconstruction Award, Gold Winner as well as being shortlisted for the 2015, WAN Education Awards. The engineers at McGuire are honored to have been a part of their ambitious team.

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