Exelon Gymnasium was built adjacent to the campus of the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy and is the first IHSA-compliant facility for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, a not-for-profit operator of charter high schools in the city of Chicago. Built on abandoned lots acquired from the city, the precast concrete building is designed to house the school's sports teams, physical education classes, Junior ROTC program, and the all-school "town hall" assemblies.
To minimize the building footprint and the cost, retractable bleachers were located on one side of the gym space and adjust to accommodate up to 600 students for the town-hall function. Durability, longevity of materials, and building security were of primary concern.
The 12,000sf project is in the process of "Gold" certification under the USGBC's LEED 2009 rating system. The building consumes 56% of the energy of a comparable baseline building. In order to minimize energy consumption and operating costs, the building has a relatively opaque envelope, with the exception of north clerestory windows and 28 high-performance acrylic skylights. These skylights provide ample daylight in the occupied spaces of the building and allow the fluorescent fixtures to be dimmed for daylight harvesting.
construction - bulley & andrews; phototgraphy - Ballogg Photography, Inc; tom Bader wka