Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
DLA Architects, Ltd.
ICI recently completed two concurrent expansion and renovation projects within Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401. In addition to an expansion and renovation project at Elmwood Elementary School, the District embarked upon a major expansion and upgrades at Elmwood Park High School.
Beginning in June 2014, ICI constructed a 16,000 square foot addition housing six new lab rooms, a lecture seating area and common space for group collaboration.
The new labs allow the District to expand upon their current science curriculum; ultimately better preparing students for college.
The expansion is situated along the front (northwestern edge) of the building for two reasons: one, it allows the school to develop a more secure entry point and two, it allows the school to repurpose several existing science labs into new learning space all while creating a dynamic, forward-thinking image for the District.
The District also undertook several areas of interior renovation to improve the mechanical function of the building. Additionally, all of the existing windows were replaced for enhanced energy performance.
ICI was hired by CUSD 401 in early 2013 through a competitive selection process.
When asked why Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 selected ICI, the District’s Business Manager, Mr. Tom Zelek, provided the following insight:
“We selected ICI for our Master Program based on the experience of the Team Leaders and their ability to plan and solve problems. They instilled the confidence of ‘looking out for the best interests of the District’. We would recommend their services.”
Photography provided courtesy of Alexander Romanovsky / DLA Architects, Ltd.