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  • Location Skokie, IL
  • LEED Rating LEED® EBOM Certified
  • Awards 10th Annual Emerald Award, Intent to Matter: Outstanding Organization Award, 2015
With a progressive board, District 219 was looking to use capital reserves to improve the sustainability profile of its two high schools.  With over one million square feet, 88 acres, and forty years of history, the facilities presented a challenge to research and comprehension. Legat Architects and dbHMS were engaged to map a strategy for the Board to have the first high school in Illinois to be certified under the USGBC® Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) for Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) program.


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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • LEED Rating Gold
The Nathan Hale Elementary School Linked Annex project is a new, 41,338 sq. ft. three-story addition and renovation to the existing school. The addition was based on a Linked Annex prototype developed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago and was designed to serve approximately 360 CPS students. The annex houses 11 standard classrooms, a computer classroom, an art classroom, two student pull-out rooms, two new business offices, cooking kitchen with student dining facilities, storage areas, and toilet facilities. The renovation included renovations to the existing art room and lunch room, as well as the installation of an elevator. Additionally, the scope of the project included the installation of sound attenuation panels in the auditorium.

SARAH E. GOODE STEM ACADEMY, Chicago Public Schools

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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • LEED Rating Platinum
  • Awards USGBC Emerald Award - Green Building Innovation, 2015
    10th Annual Emerald Awards - Green Building Innovation Award, 2015
    ASHRAE – Excellence in Engineering, 2013
    Brick in Architecture – Gold for Education, 2013
    Learning by Design Publisher’s Commendation, 2013
    Friends of the Chicago River Green Ribbon, 2013
    Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor, 2013
    CISCO – Construction Industry Service Corporation Pride in Construction Award, Project of the Year, 2013
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is a 200,000 sq. ft. facility with a gymnasium, pool, dining and kitchen, classrooms, library, art and music rooms and administrative offices. Sustainable features include a green roof, community garden, rain garden and permeable pavers for the parking surface. The services provided by dbHMS include all the electrical and IT, e-rate scope of work, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection loads, concept and construction documentation, as well as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) consulting. 


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  • Location Chicago, IL
  • LEED Rating Gold
  • Awards AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, 2011
    ALA Design Award, 2011
    Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, First Place, 2010
    Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Rehab Construction, First Place, 2010
    ASHRAE-Illinois Chapter, Excellence in Engineering, 2009
    Mayor Daley's Landscape Award, First Place, 2009
dbHMS worked on the design of a new 180,000 sq. ft. charter school in an old industrial building for the UNO Charter Schools. The building houses two elementary schools and a high school. The project was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) NCv2.2 Gold level certification and utilizes efficient lighting and controls, solar hot water heating, and efficient HVAC systems. Several systems were evaluated as part of the design process with a life cycle cost analysis. The project was awarded a grant of $300K to implement solar cooling as part of the design.