2911 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Noble Network of Charter Schools
Primera Engineering, Terra Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti, Wheeler Kearns Architects
The new Mansueto High School, part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, transformed 5.5 acres of industrial brownfield in Chicago’s largest “park desert” into a place of great opportunity for its students. The two-story building wraps around a landscaped courtyard, which emulates a college quadrangle. Walking paths, seating areas, and low-maintenance plantings create a pleasant outdoor environment for gathering, studying, and learning. A rainwater harvesting system from the southern roof provides passive irrigation for the campus, and additional stormwater detention occurs under the turf soccer field and the south parking lot.