Chicago Illinois This 42,000 square foot new construction charter high school is designed to be used in conjunction with the adjacent Gary Comer Youth Center, located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago. The two-story structure is comprised of classrooms, a lecture room, and administrative offices. The school shares facilities with the adjacent Youth Center: gymnasium, cafeteria, music rooms, art rooms, and computer lab space.
The new charter high school building is meant to form a campus with the existing youth center, yet retain its own identity. Similar materials are employed to bind the two structures into one unified campus, including corrugated stainless steel siding, and aluminum composite panels. A large glazed lobby space in the new school allows views of the youth center from both levels; a stone walkway provides access for students walking between the two buildings.