In 1995, Mayor Richard Daley launched what is now a nationally renowned overhaul of the City’s public school system. Central to the success of that reform was the Capital Improvement Program valued at more than $2 billion. Chicago Public Schools selected BauerLatoza Studio as one of six architectural and engineering firms that serve as Managing Architect.
Initial work focused on exterior facade renovation and restoration, roof replacements, and lighting upgrades. Subsequent work centered on total rehabilitation of the interiors of the schools, integration of new mechanical/electrical/plumbing and computer systems, barrier free access, and site improvements. As Managing Architect, BauerLatoza Studio’s specific role from 1996-2000 included:
- Building cost assessments to set the scope of rehabilitation and renovation work.
- Schematic design of rehabilitation and renovation work.
- Review of Architects & Engineers of Record construction documentation.
- Developing standard specifications for the 50 plus Architects of Record.
- Managing accessibility compliance work.
- Managing work in 47 historic schools system-wide.
- Managing work in 99 schools in Region 3.
- Developing sites and programs for transition schools.
- Coordinating Pools-in-Schools Program.
- Coordinating Improved Energy Efficiency Programs.
- Client: Chicago public Schools
- Project Address: City-wide
- Project Size: 550 School Facilities
- Construction Cost: Varies
- Services Provided: Assessment, Prioritized Preliminary Scope Documents, Universal Technical Standards, Schematic Design, Design Documents, Architect of Record Document Review, Field Conditions, Problem Solving