Project of the Year - K-12 Education (Tie)

From the wetlands surrounding it to the high-performance systems within it, Hubble Middle School is one of the first of three schools in Illinois to achieve LEED for Schools certification at the Gold level.

Photo: Tim Benson Photography
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The 190,000-sq-ft facility showcases the latest in program-driven middle school design and serves 1,078 students.

The facility supports the curriculum, reduces student commutes and opens to the community.

The construction manager and architect worked closely to ensure that all contractors used sustainable building practices.

During one walk-through, the architect and CM could tell by the smell of a concrete block sealant that it was not free of VOCs. The contractor was directed to remove the non-sustainable substance and redo the work with the appropriate non-VOC sealant.

The use of low VOC sealants was a continuing issue that required the attention of the architect and CM whenever on-site.

Use of on-site river rock that was found in a portion of the retention pond excavation allowed the contractor to truck the material on-site in lieu of transporting the stone from off site . This allowed the owner to achieve savings for the stone backfill and decreased the project’s use of off-site material.

During winter, natural gas thawing units allowed the project to continue with the interior framing and rough-in.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District, Warrenville, Ill.
CM: Bovis Lend Lease, Chicago
Architect: Legat Architects Inc., Chicago
Civil Engineer: V3 Cos., Woodridge, Ill.
Structural Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill.
MEP Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants, Rock Island, Ill.