Over the next two weeks, New Trier Township High School District 203 will publicly display architectural design boards and models representing three design teams’ initial concepts for the future of the Winnetka Campus. The teams are competing for the chance to work with the New Trier community to develop the design for a potential Winnetka Campus project. The concepts on display are not the final designs, but rather creative concepts; the team chosen to move forward will collaborate with staff, students, parents, and New Trier Township residents in the coming months as we work together on a solution to replace three adjacent buildings that are among the oldest, most inefficient, and most inaccessible on New Trier’s Winnetka Campus.
All community members, parents, staff, and students are invited to view the designs on the following dates during school hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Feb. 19-21: Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Road, Room C234
Feb. 24-28: Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Ave., 2nd floor rotunda area
Comment cards will be available on site for the public to share their thoughts. The designs, a video of the design team presentations, and an online input form are also on New Trier’s website at http://bit.ly/1fX9Vwm.
The initial design concepts focus on replacing the 1912 Cafeteria, 1931 Tech Arts Building, and 1950 Music Building with a facility that is more energy efficient, accessible, and that meets the academic needs of New Trier students. The District asked the teams to include additional flexible academic and elective classrooms, additional library space, and a multipurpose cafeteria/meeting/study space.
The teams were instructed to present a potential project that was smaller and that would cost significantly less than the one proposed by the District in 2010. As a result, the designs did not include a new gym, field house, fitness facilities, or underground parking – all parts of the 2010 proposal that were cut to decrease the size and cost of any potential project.
The design teams are: CannonDesign, HBRA Architects, and The Third Teacher; Moore Ruble Yudell and Legat Architects; and Wight & Company.