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Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts Breaks Ground in Wilmette, IL

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The new Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts breaks ground at the Jesuit college prep school in Wilmette, Illinois. The $25.76 million, 29,000-square-foot building will include flexible indoor and outdoor performance spaces that support a vibrant arts program for all the students.

The Center for the Performing Arts is hallmarked by the Leemputte Family Theater including 565-seat proscenium theater with a balcony, orchestra pit, fly tower, and state-of-the-art lighting and production technologies. The building will also include an off-stage rehearsal area and staging areas; fully equipped scene shop; a green room; makeup and dressing rooms and a flexible student lounge.

The building will be constructed predominantly of precast concrete, a decision to enhance structural and acoustic properties. Coupled with using fly ash in both the precast and cast-in-place concrete will reduce the carbon footprint of the building, something both Loyola and KSP share as a priority. Sara Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP, project director and Partner at Krueck Sexton Partners emphasis building with the future in mind.

Other contributors include: Valenti Builders is the general contractor. Other key project consultants include Coen Partners (landscape architect), Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer), ESD (mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer), A10 (sustainability consultant), Schuler Shook (theater designer and lighting design), Threshold (acoustics), Terra Engineering (civil engineer), Edward Peck (glazing), and Raths, Raths & Johnson (waterproofing).

Construction of the Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Leemputte Family Theater is expected to be completed in 2022.

“True leadership in education considers the well-being of all far into the future. As a high-performing building that uses 58 percent less energy when compared against the local average of peer institutions, the theater is a testament to the ‘be more’ ethos that pervades Loyola Academy. It is a building that future Ramblers will look to and recognize that they are part of a group of people who literally practice what they preach.”

Sara Lundgren, AIA, LEED AP, Project Director

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Project Director

Sara Lundgren

Other Project Team Members Include:

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Luke Haas
Associate Principal