Friday, November 1, 2013

New Josie Harper Admissions Suite Now Open at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The new suite, designed by Waechter Architects, is situated across the street from the renowned Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park. The new design takes advantage of the spectacular views by opening up the reception, conference, and open office areas and situating them along the main window wall. The use of interior glazing further allows light to flood through the space.

Reception Lobby

View from the Main Building Lobby

Reception Desk

Reception Waiting Area with View Toward Robie House

Reception Waiting Area with View Toward Outdoor Plaza

Conference Room with Views to Reception, Robie House, and Outdoor Plaza

Open Office Area

Individual Workstation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

McCormick School: New Playground and Pre-K Facilities

CPS Opened the new Pre-K classrooms and playground last month.  Waechter Architects was the architect of record for a complete renovation of existing annex space which included new accessibility features, new HVAC systems, new toilet rooms, new teaching accessories, finishes and new outdoor play areas.

New Playground Equipment and Play Surface

New Playground Equipment and Play Surface

Interior of Renovated Classroom

'Green Not Gray' Rally at Ravenswood School a HUGE Success!

Hundreds of Ravenswood students, parents, teachers, neighbors and elected officials (including Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Ameya Pawar and several others) gathered on the Ravenswood playground Saturday to celebrate the announcement of a $750,000 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL-EPA) that will help make the new playground at Ravenswood School a reality. In a surprise twist, Mayor Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago will match up to $350,000 of the $1.5 million cost, which ensures that ground will be broken next spring.  Click here to see video of the Mayor’s announcement and other photos on the Ravenswood School Facebook page.  More photos are posted in the Gallery on the Ravenswood School website (and even more will be posted as more photos are submitted).  Waechter Architects was instrumental in the creation of the grant proposal.  WA worked with Barker-Evans Landscape Architects as well as Greengard, Inc. to create the plan that will mitigate stormwater run-off from the site, as well as provide a new community and school playground.

Charlie Waechter with Governor Quinn       

Charlie Waechter with Mayor Emanuel

Existing plan (above), Proposed plan (below)  


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Armitage Residence Completed

Exterior view from the northwest
Living room
Custom kitchen cabinetry
Central staircase
Jack-and-Jill bathroom
Master bathroom

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Midway Club at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center

Waechter Architects was engaged to extend the lounge area of the Midway Club to include room for a billiards table and additional space for larger events. Much care was taken to mimic the style and finish of the millwork of the existing lounge to ensure the two rooms felt cohesive as one space. The University is currently having a matching wood floor fabricated, which will replace the carpet shown.

View from Main Lounge 

New Billiards Room

View Toward Main Lounge