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.