The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies recently announced their selections for the 2016 American Architecture Awards, and The UNO Galewood Elementary School, located at 2050 N. Natchez Ave., was chosen as one of the award recipients. Awards will be given at the Chicago Athenaeum Awards Gala Dinner Ceremony on October 3.
Galewood Elementary, built for the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), was a fast-track, design-build project which was awarded in November 2011 and required completion and occupancy in the Fall of 2012. This type of schedule had never been attempted or achieved before. The main building is a three-story steel and precast structure which houses the classrooms and offices. The primary design feature is the adjacent 58-foot tall "skyspace" with a sloped wall, which houses the multipurpose room and resources room, and was envisioned as a "library of the future". This project achieved LEED Silver status.
The American Architectural Awards, now in its 22nd year, are among the most prestigious distinguished building public awards, honoring new and cutting-edge design in the United States. The winners are chosen from a short list of 380 projects, from which 74 projects are selected by a distinguished group of architects and educators.