Avery Coonley School Master Plan Updates & Improvements


The Avery Coonley School


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Construction Manager

Following an extensive pre-qualification process, ICI was selected to deliver a multi- phased expansion and renovation to The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove in 2004. After the successful completion of this 3-story addition project, ICI has been invited back every year to complete miscellaneous remodeling and life safety work for the school during the summer months. Please see below for various long term projects ICI has fulfilled for the school:

2006: ICI renovated 3,200 SF of classrooms serving the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. The scope of work included painting, millwork restoration and updated lighting. Additionally, ICI renovated the original library into a new, 1,400 SF, multi- purpose room. The scope of work included demolition, carpentry, carpet, paint, plaster, tile, AV equipment, electric and a new millwork package.

2007: The existing locker room was upgraded with new lockers, millwork and paint. All light fixtures were cleaned and re-lamped prior to start of school.

2008: The Avery Coonley School was built in 1929 and is listed on the Register of Historic Buildings. The masonry construction was originally coated with a breathable product, but over the years, the coating was changed to a non-breathable latex paint, causing the brick and mortar to spaul. ICI rebuilt approximately 50+ columns and the wood structure above the columns, stripped all coated areas, performed tuck-pointing and re-coated the brick with a breathable product.

2009: As part of Avery Coonley’s ongoing program to restore this 80 year old building, ICI completed masonry restoration on the east and southeast elevations of the building. ICI also restored three 3 chimneys and 2 stone entry columns. The restoration work includes stripping layers of paint, grinding, tuckpointing, replacing damaged brick where necessary and blanketing with a new breathable coating. Because the summer program was in session, ICI coordinated very closely with staff to ensure that morning and afternoon drop off and pick up of students was not affected.

2010: ICI performed masonry restoration at the south elevation of the school, demolition and reconstruction of
the southwest and northwest entry stairs, restoration work to the existing windows on the south and west elevations of the original building, miscellaneous carpentry and roofing work to repair water leaks and minor repairs, including patch and paint of drywall, in the existing library.

2011: As part of a multi-year phased plan, ICI completed masonry restoration, window restoration, abatement to the Main Building of The Avery Coonley School’s campus.

2012: ICI completed masonry restoration, window restoration and abatement on the Main Building of the campus. The Gate House roof was also replaced.

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