In an effort to keep up with 21st century learning and evolving educational technology, this large-scale, multi-phased renovation and expansion of the Winnetka West Campus will increase space and modernize their iconic school facility. The project includes demolition of three of the school’s oldest buildings – a 1912 cafeteria, 1931 tech arts building and 1950 music building – and replacing them with a fourstory, 300,000-square-foot structure on the same site, but at more than twice the size of the original structures. In addition to 25 classrooms, the completed building will house three science labs, a fine-arts facility, an applied arts program, STEM laboratories, a cafeteria and a lobby.
Our team developed several early packages that were necessary in order to get the process started – such as temporary classroom and MEP infrastructure applications to prepare for the new addition. Within five weeks the classrooms were set up and ready for students. Due to the fact that Pepper also works in markets other than K-12, we were able to leverage our relationships with quality local subcontractors and combine that with our ability to guide the procurement process of a public project. As a result, our team has remained on-track with our pre-referendum budget and schedule. Pepper supported New Trier throughout the pre-referendum process and started demolition in March 2015. The completion date is scheduled for Summer 2017.