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Gary Comer College Prep

Chicago, IL United States

John Ronan Architects


Project Description

The spring green-colored metal cladding of this charter high school in a gritty Chicago neighborhood reflects the youth and optimism of its faculty and students. Comprised of classrooms, offices and support spaces, the school shares facilities with an adjacent Youth Center where students use the gymnasium, cafeteria, music and art rooms. Perforated metal siding on the building exterior serves as a sunscreen to reduce heat gain, and provides an optical effect which allows clear views from the interior while maintaining visual privacy and security from outside, in a neighborhood with a history of violence. Glass walls between the hallway and classrooms reinforce the school’s philosophy of transparency and accountability, to reflect the school’s ideals and shape its culture. Extensive skylights bring abundant natural light into the building interior, and indirectly through the glass corridor walls into the classroom, allowing each classroom to receive daylight from two directions. A protected outdoor plaza allows students to congregate away from the street; this plaza leads to a walkway that extends to the adjacent youth center, with which it forms a campus. An extensive architect-designed interior graphics package reinforces the school’s ethos and inspires students to academic achievement.


Project Details

Gary Comer College Prep
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    John Ronan AIA
  • General Contractor: Norcon, Inc. 
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    45,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Centria BR5-30 with 2B finish

Available as either a solid or perforated panel, durability, ease of installation

Alpolic (subsidiary of Mistubishi Plastics) 6mm aluminum composite panel with fire resistant core

Custom color and finish options, durability, ease of installation



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