TM08 - Connecting Environmental Design with the Community

Monday, November 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT), El Centro at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), and Aspire Kids Chicago provide critical services to their communities. ChiCAT is a state-of-the-art community center, committed to arts and technology, after-school programs, and vocational training in health and manufacturing for low-income residents. For this adaptive reuse project, the design considered the existing building and the occupants’ needs, and achieved LEED Gold certification. El Centro is a LEED Gold certified NEIU satellite location, focused on being an affordable, accessible center of academic excellence, a student support program, a community partner and resource, and an economic engine for the metropolitan region. Among many strategies, the design team considered the angle of the exterior fins to reduce the HVAC load on the building, and followed a rigorous construction waste management plan. Aspire Kids Chicago partnered with local organizations to reuse donated materials, furniture, finishes, and design services to leverage not only the products, but also this nonprofit organization’s budget. Through a participatory and collaborative design process, the team was able to design a facility to help Aspire Kids Chicago thrive and continue to provide services to children and adults with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

Identify sustainable design strategies in the buildings and discuss their effectiveness in the design and function of the facility.

Discuss how the design of these facilities benefits social connectivity and community engagement, nurtures strategic partnerships, and promotes sustainable design.

Evaluate the benefits of materials reuse in both a construction waste management plan as well as through adaptive reuse projects.

Assess the importance of an integrative, collaborative design approach to project efficiency, community connectivity, budget considerations, and building performance.

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Event Type: Tour > Session