LearningSCAPES Tour #3  –  12:00 pm – 4:30 pm*

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Tour A length: 60 minutes

GEMS World Academy Chicago, Lower School

350 E. South Water Street, Chicago IL

Tour Leader:
Lynne Sorkin bKL Architecture LLC

Description:
Learn how a dense urban location influenced the design of GEMS World Academy Chicago. GEMS Education is global company that owns and operates a network of schools serving students across four continents. In planning to establish their first school in the United States, it was important to create an exceptional architectural standard to support GEMS educational and marketing objectives as they built both their facility and enrollment. The new high-rise Chicago campus integrates unique strategies for site access, traffic control, life safety, vertical adjacencies, outdoor space, sport facilities, and district cooling. The campus marries GEMS’ programmatic needs with local requirements and provides a new model for high-rise K-12 school construction in an arena of limited precedents. GEMS’ network of schools enables a broad cultural interface and their use of state-of-the-art technology facilitates collaboration between classrooms around the world, providing students with an international perspective on education and nurturing global citizenship.

Tour B length: 60 minutes

Idea Realization Lab @ DePaul University

14 E. Jackson Blvd Room 310, Chicago IL

Tour Leader:
Thomas Newsome DePaul University

Description:
Participants will have the opportunity to use the IRL’s fabrication tools and experience the ecosystem of a university makerspace. Visitors will also tour the space and see the resources available to students, alumni and faculty, and the projects produced from the DePaul Community. The Idea Realization Lab is a student-driven initiative to promote the pursuit of thinking through making within the DePaul community. By providing tools and the space in which to use them, the IRL creates opportunity for people to practice their crafts, to share their knowledge, and to explore new interests from 3D printing to sewing to woodworking.

The IRL’s mission is to foster collaboration and an attitude of learning through doing. The IRL encourages people to build confidence in their problem-solving skills, while working in an environment that they can engage with and make their own. By providing machines and materials at no charge to students, we at the IRL hope to cultivate a student-led environment of experimentation and creation not seen anywhere else on campus. The interior design of the space was initially done in coordination with Wendy Jeanes of KI.

Tour C length: 60 minutes

Bennett Day School

955 W Grand Ave, Chicago IL

Tour Leader:
Erica Smith Erica Gail LLC

Description:
Bennett Day is a progressive Pre-K-12 school in downtown Chicago with a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum centered on project-based and collaborative learning. Its flagship campus is housed in a renovated Settlement House built at the turn of the 20th century to help immigrants assimilate into American culture. It also housed an early kindergarten. The building served several purposes over its lifetime but had sat vacant for decades before Bennett Day and the current owner began renovations in 2015. The current building retains the historic facade but has an entirely new structure within, built from the ground up within the old walls.     The school is currently adding on a “phase 2” addition to the building on the east edge along Grand Avenue, and in about 5 years it will open a “phase 3” addition to the south along Morgan. At completion, the school building will be 90,000 square feet and serve approximately 600 students. Bennett is in its 5th year of operations with just under 200 students. The school currently goes from pre-K through 4th grade, with high school launching in the 2019 school year.   In the current space, visitors will notice: – A secure welcome lobby featuring a wood accent wall made from reclaimed wood rescued from the building during demolition.   – A dynamic color scheme by floor incorporating brand colors in varying shades. – Eye-catching botanical signage elements throughout the building relevant to the school’s mission and logo. – Neutral color scheme classrooms emphasizing a Reggio Emilia/project-based, collaborative pedagogy. – TESLab (Tinkering, Engineering and Science), Music, and Art rooms   – A fourth floor indoor playspace with a stunning view of downtown Chicago – A rooftop play area and a street level playground. Bennett Day has become, in 4 years of operations, a premier independent school in downtown Chicago. Families consider Bennett alongside industry institutions with demonstrated legacies due to its commitment to innovation, diversity, and progressive education.

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GEMS World Academy Chicago, Lower School

Abstract:   Learn how a dense urban location influenced the design of GEMS World Academy Chicago. GEMS Education is global company that owns and operates a network of schools serving students across four continents. In planning to establish their first school in the United States, it was important to create an exceptional architectural standard to support GEMS educational and marketing objectives as they built both their facility and enrollment. The new high-rise Chicago campus integrates unique strategies for site access, traffic control, life safety, vertical adjacencies, outdoor space, sport facilities, and district cooling. The campus marries GEMS’ programmatic needs with local requirements and provides a new model for high-rise K-12 school construction in an arena of limited precedents. GEMS’ network of schools enables a broad cultural interface and their use of state-of-the-art technology facilitates collaboration between classrooms around the world, providing students with an international perspective on education and nurturing global citizenship. How to incorporate vertical circulation strategies within a high-rise school.

 

Idea Realization Lab @ DePaul University

Abstract:   Participants will have the opportunity to use the IRL’s fabrication tools and experience the ecosystem of a university makerspace. Visitors will also tour the space and see the resources available to students, alumni and faculty, and the projects produced from the DePaul Community. The Idea Realization Lab is a student-driven initiative to promote the pursuit of thinking through making within the DePaul community. By providing tools and the space in which to use them, the IRL creates opportunity for people to practice their crafts, to share their knowledge, and to explore new interests from 3D printing to sewing to woodworking.

The IRL’s mission is to foster collaboration and an attitude of learning through doing. The IRL encourages people to build confidence in their problem-solving skills, while working in an environment that they can engage with and make their own. By providing machines and materials at no charge to students, we at the IRL hope to cultivate a student-led environment of experimentation and creation not seen anywhere else on campus. Visitors will learn to create designs using fabrication tools of the lab. The interior design of the space was initially done in coordination with Wendy Jeanes of KI, who recommended that we applied for this tour.

 

Bennett Day School

Abstract:   Bennett Day is a progressive Pre-K-12 school in downtown Chicago with a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum centered on project-based and collaborative learning. Its flagship campus is housed in a renovated Settlement House built at the turn of the 20th century to help immigrants assimilate into American culture. It also housed an early kindergarten. The building served several purposes over its lifetime but had sat vacant for decades before Bennett Day and the current owner began renovations in 2015. The current building retains the historic facade but has an entirely new structure within, built from the ground up within the old walls.     The school is currently adding on a “phase 2” addition to the building on the east edge along Grand Avenue, and in about 5 years it will open a “phase 3” addition to the south along Morgan. At completion, the school building will be 90,000 square feet and serve approximately 600 students. Bennett is in its 5th year of operations with just under 200 students. The school currently goes from pre-K through 4th grade, with high school launching in the 2019 school year.   In the current space, visitors will notice: – A secure welcome lobby featuring a wood accent wall made from reclaimed wood rescued from the building during demolition.   – A dynamic color scheme by floor incorporating brand colors in varying shades. – Eye-catching botanical signage elements throughout the building relevant to the school’s mission and logo. – Neutral color scheme classrooms emphasizing a Reggio Emilia/project-based, collaborative pedagogy. – TESLab (Tinkering, Engineering and Science), Music, and Art rooms  – A fourth floor indoor playspace with a stunning view of downtown Chicago – A rooftop play area and a street level playground. Understand design of a purpose-built progressive K-12 school. Bennett Day has become, in 4 years of operations, a premier independent school in downtown Chicago. Families consider Bennett alongside industry institutions with demonstrated legacies due to its commitment to innovation, diversity, and progressive education.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to approach designing a high-rise educational facility within a limited footprint.
  2. Learn how to apply knowledge of creative ecosystems in your own professional institutions
  3. Observe the efficacy of the use of signage and color to convey a school’s character
  4. Learn how to ensure natural light within an educational facility located in a neighborhood characterized by its high-rise buildings

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