Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
DLA Architects, Ltd.
In 2013, ICI was selected through a competitive selection process by Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 to provide Construction Management Services for the District’s upcoming expansion and renovation projects at two of their schools: Elmwood Elementary School and Elmwood Park High School. The District selected ICI based upon our long term approach to client relationships as well as our recent, relevant experience with Chicago area K-12 education clients.
As school let out in late May 2014, ICI mobilized and embarked upon a fast track expansion and remodel along the southern end of the District’s 100 year-old elementary school. The expansion houses a new 5,000 square foot kitchen / dining space. The kitchen is full service and includes a new receiving space.
The dining area is connected to the existing gymnasium, allowing for flexibility, as the space can also be used as a multi-purpose room or a public community space.
The District also added four classrooms to address the overall need for more elementary space. Several of the classrooms incorporate a unique wooden ceiling above the group learning space. This architectural feature creates a visual transition to distinguish the space as a collaborative area.