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School Project Wins 2014 CBC Merit Awards

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School Project Wins 2014 CBC Merit Awards

The Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been declared winner of the 2014 Merit Awards by the Chicago Building Congress in the over 55 million dollar construction cost category. The project had been selected to compete against other well known projects such as Perkins+Will’s William Jones High School, Rafael Vinoly’s University of Chicago Medicine Building, and the 500 Lake Shore Drive apartments designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Developed by Public Building of Chicago for the Chicago Public Schools, the 215,00 SF building features a pool, gymnasium, auditorium, laboratories, specialty classrooms, as well as extensive athletic facilities inclusive of a a full size football and soccer field, a baseball field, and tennis courts. In addition to these programmatic elements, the building also hosts a local branch of the Chicago Public Library. The project leverages the infrastructure of the existing library, maximizing the space’s usefulness and the project’s overall programmatic efficiency.

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