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New Trier Building Design Takes Shape

The board has until August to place a referendum on the November ballot to fund the new construction.

Wight & Company's current designs for new construction on New Trier's Winnetka campus.
Wight & Company's current designs for new construction on New Trier's Winnetka campus.

New Trier board members saw the latest design plans for proposed new construction on the Winnetka campus at a meeting this week, according to an article in the Glencoe News.

The designs, shown above, incorporate changes that school officials had asked for, including reducing the size of the glassed-in entrance, keeping the building’s footprint more in line with the current structure, and creating accessible roof decks with green space.

You can see the latest proposal above and click on the smaller image to see the previous iteration. The plans will continue to be tweaked as the design process continues.

The new designs also include showcasing part of the historic building façade within a glassed-in entry area, according to the presentation the board saw Monday from architects Wight & Company. There are skylights into the third floor classrooms and a smaller front lawn, which allows for larger athletic fields across the street.

The board hopes to put the proposal to voters in November, which requires taking action by August. Officials have pledged to keep the total price tag under $100 million.

The board plans to use $11 million in district reserves, the Glencoe News story says.

You can read the full Glencoe News story about the meeting here.

karen Kennedy June 15, 2014 at 09:57 AM
With this proposed expansion, does the school district also plan to grow space dedicated to offices for staff and teachers? It often seems couched in these construction plans, are big plans for increasing space to accomodate the staff, while a much small share is actually dedicated to learning space.

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