Wight & Company Kicks Off Four Chicago School Projects

CHICAGO — The architecture, engineering and construction management professionals at Wight & Company (Wight) have shifted into high gear, with recent groundbreakings on four different campus building projects in the Chicago region.

In the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s far west side, Wight’s team used sledgehammers to kick off a major performing arts center renovation project for client Catalyst Circle Rock. The K-8 charter school partners with local nonprofit organizations, including the Chicago Children’s Choir and Ravinia Festival, 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 recently joined with students and officials at De La Salle Institute to mark the launch of an athletic field renovation project. 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 multipurpose turf field and spectator seating for this historic 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 new space will form three classrooms, ADA-compliant bathroom 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 getting started is a renovation of Hadley Junior High School, also in Chicago’s western suburbs. This revamp for Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 will provide highly needed 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.

Launched in 1939, Chicago-based Wight & Company is a pioneer of integrated design and delivery, and one of America’s most-established planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and transportation and infrastructure services firms.