Since it opened in 2003, the Chicago Jewish Day School has seen its enrollment soar from seven to 220 students.
The school’s momentum continues with a move to a new 2.6-acre campus in April of 2018, with new and updated facilities, parking improvements, and outdoor gathering areas.
At the beginning of the project, Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) civil engineers recommended the school selectively redevelop the existing site instead of removing and replacing all exterior play areas. This approach eliminated the requirement to provide stormwater detention and reduced the project costs.
On-site parking in the school’s urban setting was maximized by redesigning an existing parking lot, adding new parking areas and moving ADA accessible parking spots closer to the entrance of the building in the public alley that bisects the campus.
The design of the new campus incorporated several pedestrian and vehicular safety improvements. A controlled and gated drop-off area was designed to limit the interaction of cars and students. All of the building entrances were brought up to ADA code with the installation of additional ramps and sidewalks.
EEA’s landscape architects prepared landscape plans for the campus, including the remote off-site parking lot. In collaboration with the civil team, large vegetated islands were designed in the new vehicular drop-off. These islands create landscaping focal points at the new building entrance while still allowing for buses and parents to navigate the drop-off. The existing trees on the campus were inventoried to help meet the City of Chicago landscape requirements.