Wight & Co. says that its PK-12 team has broken ground on four campus building projects in the Chicago region.
In the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s far west side, the company is working on a major performing arts center renovation project for Catalyst Circle Rock. The K-8 charter school partnered with local non-profit organizations to provide a fine arts enrichment program for students. Wight’s assignment is to transform an auditorium that has been mothballed since 1973 into the new Kehrein Center for The Arts. The new space will seat 1,000 for performances by student groups, including the largest African American elementary school orchestra in the U.S. The building is slated for completion in late 2018.
On Chicago’s south side, Wight started work on an athletic fields renovation project at De La Salle Institute. Located three blocks from U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, De La Salle Institute is operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Using its integrated Design & Delivery model, Wight will design and provide construction management services to create a multi-purpose turf field and spectator seating for this historic Catholic high school. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
Another groundbreaking took place for an addition at Downers Grove Grade School District 58’s Lester School in Chicago’s western suburbs. The addition will create three classrooms, ADA-compliant bathrooms, and a flexible resource space at the elementary school, which has been at capacity for several years. The project is slated for completion in time for the 2018-2019 school year.
The fourth project is a renovation of Hadley Junior High School in Chicago’s western suburbs. The renovation for Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 will provide additional classroom space for music programs and flexible learning spaces. The district has accommodated overflow by using portable classrooms for many years. The expanded school will open its doors to students for the 2019-2020 school year.