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)