School District 99’s existing Warren Park School was no longer meeting the District’s curriculum needs and the environment was not conducive to 21st century learning. They approached ICI to conduct a facility study to evaluate whether it was in the District’s best interest to renovate the existing building or replace it completely. ICI conducted a thorough investigation of the building and the cost implications of both options. After findings were reported, the District opted to demolish the existing school and build a replacement on the same site.
The site for the replacement Warren Park Elementary School required extensive environmental remediation. Upon completion, ICI commenced vertical construction on the three-story school. All work took place in a densely populated, active neighborhood so safety was of paramount importance. Contractor staging and site access required continual adjustments as the work progressed. [CONT.’D]
[CONT.’D] The new school was designed with a desire to house more of the local neighborhood student population through extended grade levels versus the typical elementary school format.
The school houses students in levels pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and contains twenty-six (26) elementary grade classrooms, special education classrooms, three (3) kindergarten classrooms, two (2) preschool classrooms, four (4) elementary grade classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium and several administrative and storage areas. The school also includes a media center, music/art classroom with accompanying office suites and storage spaces. The project incorporated sustainable practices including permeable pavers, green space and a green roof.
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