Hawthorn architects, DLR Group of Chicago, provided the District 73 Board of Education at its June meeting with an update on the Educational Facility Master Plan progress.
DLR Group representatives met with staff to get insight into current and future needs for schools. DLR Group was also charged with doing a life safety inspection of the district’s schools. As part of that review process it came up with facility repairs and improvements across all schools, mainly items that were already on a district maintenance improvement schedule.
Once the architectural group has sufficient information, the architectural team will develop proposals to resolve overcrowding and space constraints in the district’s six school buildings. The administration expects this meeting to take place closer to the start of the 2016-17 school year.
Projected enrollment from a demographic study completed in 2016 indicates that there is a need for more instructional space to meet growing enrollment and programs.