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  Ridgewood High School Gymnasium AdditionRidgewood High School Gymnasium Addition


DLA Architects, Ltd.
Two Pierce Place, #1300, Itasca, IL 60143

General Description

Location: Norridge, Illinois
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: Aug 2008 to Feb 2010
Total Square Feet: 67,772 Site: 23.7 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 3 classrooms; Gymnasium seating 1,300.
Building Size: First floor, 36,024; second floor, 20,968; each additional floor (2), 5,390; total, 67,772 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11'; second floor, 11'2"; each additional floor, 14'; floor to floor, 11'2"; total, 47'6".
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, caissons.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Built up, vegetative. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr:
88 Kbtu/SF/yr.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Pease Borst & Associates, LLC - 18 Executive Court, South Barrington, IL 60010
General Contractor: Henry Bros. Construction Management Services, LLC - 9821 South 78th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Cost Estimator: DLA Architects, Ltd. - Two Pierce Place, #1300, Itasca, IL 60143
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Consolidated Consulting Engineers - 212 S. Milwaukee Avenue, #G, Wheeling, IL 60090
Civil Engineer: W-T Civil Engineering, LLC - 2675 Pratum Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Acoustical Engineer: Threshold Acoustics, LLC - 53 W. Jackson Boulevard, #815, Chicago, IL 60604

The concept of an active and engaged life was a central theme to the program for the LEED® Gold certified Ridgewood High School Gymnasium Addition. The design team met this challenge by creating a space that is about connecting student life with fitness and demonstrating visually that life needn't be compartmentalized.

Upon entering the gym, the eye is drawn up to the highly reflective ceiling, punctuated by colorful and dynamic truss style light fixtures. Adding to the rhythm of visual activity is a running track suspended from the joist structure above. The track itself opens to a cardio-fitness area featuring a curtain wall that draws natural light deep into the space and connects the interior fitness areas to the synthetic turf football field and outdoor running track.

Located above the fitness area is a vegetated green roof designed to reduce noise and vibration from the O'Hare International Airport, absorb rainfall which reduces detention requirements, lessen the heat island effect, and diminish deflection and vibration from the running track. The space will also serve as an outdoor eco-classroom.

This addition is the crescendo of a multi-phased, multi-year renovation for the entire building. Each addition and renovation project was designed and built to meet the sustainable design standards engrained within the culture and curriculum of School District 234.

Located on a tight urban site, the addition was constructed on a remediated brownfield. The school is bordered by residential and commercial, providing the opportunity for alternative transportation methods. Its convenient location allows students to walk to school or ride a bicycle.

Building commissioning, the design of an energy efficient building envelope and mechanical/electrical systems, the use of carbon dioxide monitors, as well as the reduction of CFC's in the equipment specified support a primary concern for indoor air quality. Daylighting and the selection of light fixtures, controls, and occupancy sensors reduce electrical consumption.

LEED® Points Achieved        45 Total
Sustainable Sites                   10
Water Efficiency                   4
Energy & Atmosphere             7
Materials & Resources             9
Indoor Environmental Quality  11
Innovation & Design Process    4

Product Information
Composite Panel: Alpolic® Roof: Garland
Sports Flooring: Connor Windows: Traco
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite
Daylighting/Skylight: Major Industries
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp Lighting: SPI

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