IEI Helps to Create a Variety of Learning Environments

Posted: 7/10/2005

Recent education facility projects have afforded IEI with the opportunity to contribute to learning environments for preschoolers, high school students, and neighborhood residents. IEI provided site development civil engineering design services for a new day care center, a new high school, and a community library.

Greater Englewood Child and Family Center

Working with the architectural firm of Ross, Barney and Jankowski, IEI provided civil engineering site development design services for a new 32,000 square foot child family center located in the West Englewood community on the south side of Chicago. The new facility, which will accommodate 200 children, is to be located adjacent to a newly constructed public library. The Day Care Center and Library will form the anchor to the 63rd Street Redevelopment program in West Englewood.

The new Day Care Center is part of Mayor Daley’s Early Child Care and Education Plan. The Mayor’s plan makes use of private and public funds to deliver much needed day care centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The Children’s Home & Aide Society of Illinois (CHASI) will own and operate the West Englewood facility.

Simeon Career Academy

High school students seeking state of the art facilities for their vocational curriculum are anxious for the September 2003 completion of the new Simeon Career Academy located at 8235 S. Vincennes Avenue in the Gresham community. As shown in the insert below, the new 215,000 square foot school will offer something for everyone. IEI worked with HOH Architects on the Simeon project.

Avalon Branch Public Library

A new $4 million public library will soon meet the information, general interest, and research needs of the residents of the Avalon Park community. The Avalon Branch Public Library will be located on a vacant lot on the west side of 83rd Street and Stony Island Avenue. Under the leadership of Urban Works, Ltd., a 14,000 square foot, single story building and a parking lot to hold 25 vehicles will be designed to meet the library resource needs of the Avalon community.