Classroom Building, Waubonsee Community College|
Architect & Structural Engineer
Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60603
Location: Plano, Illinois
Date Bid: Feb 2009 Construction Period: July 2009 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 33,500 Site: 7.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 15 classrooms with seating capacity of
36 per classroom.
Building Size: First floor, 19,200; second floor, 14,300;
total, 33,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; floor to
floor, 14’; total, 34’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, insulated metal panel, curtainwall. Roof:
Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud
Construction Manager & Cost Estimator: Turner Construction - 55
East Monroe Street, #3100, Chicago, IL 60603
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Ketchmark & Associates - 145
Tower Drive, #12, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Landscape Architect: SmithGroup JJR - 35 East Wacker Drive,
#2200, Chicago, IL 60601
The goal for the Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom Building
project was to create the experience of a traditional multi-building
campus within a singular building.
The Plano Classroom Building is designed as a stand-alone satellite
campus, augmenting Waubonsee Community College's main campus located in
Sugar Grove, Illinois. The facility consists of over
33,000-gross-square-footage of space spread over two stories. The
building contains classrooms, laboratories, student study areas, and
support space as well as full-service admissions, testing, and
assessment spaces. It is strategically sited to take advantage of views
of Lake Plano and access to the surrounding sustainable landscape, which
includes bioswales, porous paving for hard surfaces, and native
The concept for sustainability is "healthy building, healthy community".
The wellness of the user is provided for with state-of-the-art
energy-efficient operating systems for a high quality indoor environment
and spiritual and physical connections to the outdoors.
One of the major goals for the stand-alone campus was to extend the
mission and vision of the College while creating its own unique campus
identity. The solution was to position the building on the site such
that the internal spaces and experiences are promoted, through
strategically located windows and curtain wall, to the outside
community. The result takes advantage of both views from the building
out and views to the building from around the site. The lantern-like
lobby is placed at the hinge between the administration wing and
classroom areas and serves as an indoor/outdoor terrace for students,
creating a visual connection between the internal program and its
surrounding landscape. At night, this glass lobby becomes a beacon to
those passing along the main thoroughfare, creating a visual presence
for the College.
Insulated Metal Panel: Centria
Ground Face Masonry Units: Trenwyth Trendstone®
Resilient Flooring: Armstrong
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer