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  Homewood Flossmoor Community High School North Building Addition & RenovationHomewood Flossmoor Community High School North Building Addition & Renovation


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

General Description

Location: Flossmoor, Illinois
Date Bid: Oct 2012
Construction Period: Feb 2013 to May 2014
Total Square Feet: 136,555 Site: 17.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; gymnasium seating 2,000.
Building Sizes: First floor, 110,100; second floor, 23,080; third floor, 3,375; total, 136,555 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 39’; second floor, 12’; third floor, 12’ 8”; total, 39’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Built-up, membrane.
Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Pease Borst & Associates, LLC - 18 Executive Court, South Barrington, IL 60010
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Berg Engineering Consultants, Ltd. - 801 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Civil Consultant: W-T Civil Engineering, LLC - 39 E. Scully Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60193
General Contractor: Nicholas & Associates - 1001 Feehanville Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Acoustical Consultant: Threshold Acoustics, LLC - 141 W. Jackson Street, #2080, Chicago, IL 60604

Student Athletes, Community members & casual fitness enthusiasts alike will benefit from this 135,000 square foot Field House and Entrance Atrium Addition. The dynamic facility is designed to host multiple events and practices at the same time. This means that students in activities such as track, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, dance, football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, baseball, cheerleading and aerobics will compete in their sport rather than with each other for facility space.

Overlooking the Field House is a 9,000 square foot Fitness Facility, featuring state-of-the-art cardio and training equipment. In addition to this fitness center, is the new Athletic Director office suite relocated from the South Building to the new hub of all the athletic programs.

The 30,000 square foot synthetic turf Auxiliary Gym extends the season for a variety of field sports, promising the athletes an elite-level, competitive edge. This area includes full baseball and softball infields with drop down batting cages, a 35-yard field with full end zone and striping for soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey, along with shot put and discus. It boasts a 27-foot clear ceiling space for these activities to occur.

Along with the athletic spaces a number of ancillary spaces ensure that the facility functions properly including new coaches/teacher offices and locker rooms, team/community locker rooms, new public toilet facilities, multi-purpose team/class rooms and a dramatic increase in storage facilities in order to house all of the new equipment needed for the amount of activities that will take place. The new entrance atrium was also added to create a connection between the athletic facility and the academic wing, which previously occurred through the locker rooms. Students and faculty alike now enter the building into a two story open space that celebrates the rich history of the District instead of directly into a corridor as it was previously. This space gives students a place to study before, after and between classes, plus it creates an identity for the previously nondescript building. It also helps to address some severe accessibility, security and grading issues previously ignored.

The challenge of fitting a building of this size and scale into the context of both the community of neighboring homes that look directly at the facility and the context of the multi-building campus were considered through the design. The building itself is sited 4 - 5 feet below grade in order to reduce the overall size of the building. In addition, different scales of materials were used on the exterior to help reduce the perceived scale and monolithic look that these types of facilities often take on. This use of multiple materials was also employed to serve as a method of unifying the very different architectural styles that exist on the campus. The result is a facility that does not overwhelm the campus and appears to have been a part of the overall design all along.

This healthy, energy efficient learning environment is LEED(R) registered with a certification goal of Gold.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Northfield Block Company, Trespa, Endicott Clay Products, Belden Brick Company
Roofing: Carlisle Synthec Inc.
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall, Windows: EFCO, a Pella Company
Interior: Northfield Block Company, Trespa, Temple Inland
Flooring: Mondo, Robbins, Armstrong, Wausau Tile, Tnemec, FieldTurf, Daltile, Johnsonite
Daylighting/Skylights: Kalwall
Lighting: Edison Price Lighting, Acuity Brands, Pinnacle Architectural Lighting, Lumenpulse
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp


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