PBC Board Awards Contract to Construct New Elementary School In Brighton Park

Facility Brings New Amenities to CPS Students and Community

Mimi Simon, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277

The Public Building Commission (PBC) Board of Commissioners, at its November board meeting, awarded a contract for construction of the Brighton Park II Elementary School to be located at 2611 W. 48th Street in the Brighton Park community on the City’s southwest side.

Construction is scheduled to begin early 2011 and the new elementary school is scheduled to be complete and open for students by fall 2012.

The three-story, 105,000-square-foot school implements one of the prototype elementary school designs developed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago on behalf of Chicago Public Schools. The prototype is designed to serve more than 900 students in 10 grades ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

School amenities will include traditional classrooms as well as a science lab, computer lab, music classroom and art classrooms in addition to library, gymnasium and dining facilities.

Like all PBC projects, the school is designed to achieve a minimum Silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“When we develop public facilities on behalf of our clients, we implement elements of both economic and environmental sustainability. These goals are intrinsically linked, because when we include environmentally sustainable design features, we lower life cycle costs, reduce costs for utilities and minimize the drain on our natural resources” said Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Executive Director. “Similarly through our contract provisions, we support minority- and women-owned business participation, local business participation and community hiring.”

Construction of the school will be managed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Richard M. Daley serves as the PBC’s chairman. Erin Lavin Cabonargi serves as the Executive Director of the PBC.  Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com.

Check out PBC’s new video highlighting its environmental sustainability program initiatives at:

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