Kevin Smith, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277
Mayor Richard M. Daley today introduced an ordinance to designate property for the new Brighton Park II Elementary School.
The Public Building Commission, on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools, would acquire land near 48th and Rockwell streets once the ordinance is passed by the Chicago City Council.
“We have a commitment to education in the City of Chicago, and that commitment includes the construction of new schools,” said Mayor Daley. “We are investing in our children by providing new and modern facilities across the city. New schools create community anchors and instill community pride, which will serve generations for years to come.”
Preliminary plans call for the new Brighton Park II Elementary School to follow a prototype design, bringing to the community a three-story, 105,000 square foot building capable of holding 900 students. The steel-frame and masonry school would include conventional classrooms, science and computer laboratories and classrooms for art and music, as well as a gymnasium, a library and athletic facilities.
The school also will pursue “Silver” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, with a green roof among its sustainable design features.
Construction of the new school will be overseen by the Public Building Commission of Chicago. The PBC manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its other sister agencies. Mayor Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Additional information about the PBC and its projects is available at the agency’s Web site: www.pbcchicago.com.