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Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago

Mar 9, 2021

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Expansion

Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

For years, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (BZAEDS) and Anshe Emet Synagogue shared a small, inconspicuous entrance from their parking lot. This expansion is an opportunity for the school to provide a secure, welcoming entrance dedicated for students.

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The building expresses the school’s unique identity, looks outward to their community, neighborhood, and beyond, and celebrates BZAEDS’s religious and cultural heritage and deep connections to the Synagogue.The addition embeds timeless Jewish principles and ideas into the structure and experience of the building, while providing an efficient, sustainable innovative learning environment for future generations.

Illinois Education Building design by Wheeler Kearns Architects

The new entry for BZAEDS draws in its visitors and students via a gracious plaza, inviting loggia, and daylight-filled security vestibule. Immediately beyond the vestibule they can see and experience activity happening all around them: students holding religious classes in the “Makom Rina” or Place of Joy, students playing in the outdoor field and play areas, faculty and parents relaxing in an open lounge, administrators and staff meeting in the conference room, and students ascending a stair to their classrooms and gym.

Illinois school building design by Wheeler Kearns Architects

New Chicago school building design

The building uses daylight, open space, visual connection, and material cues so visitors can intuit their way through the building. Most importantly, the building makes all visitors, staff, faculty and students feel like they have a place to call home

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Key Project Features
1) New secure, attractive and functional entry: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (BZAEDS) expansion establishes a new head and heart for an existing school characterized by an ad hoc series of daylight-starved masonry additions, constructed over time and in a variety of styles. The new building organizes this assemblage with a tall, singular glass and brick volume that anchors the south end of the existing school.

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2) Expanded communal gathering space: For decades BZAEDS shared a cramped common entry/hall with the Anshe Emet Synagogue, lacking a dedicated school entrance and community space. The new glass-enclosed building draws in visitors and students into an airlock/security check-in, leading to a lounge, sanctuary space, administration offices, meeting rooms, and a gallery wall displaying student artwork.

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

3) Sustainability: The building’s small footprint, cubic volume minimizes the exterior envelope, an insulated cavity wall designed to minimize thermal shorting; a solar array produces power for the building and is monitored daily on digital screens throughout the school. Permeable paving throughout helps manage water onsite and deep overhangs shield the generous glazing at the ground floor. A VRF mechanical system provides on-demand heating/cooling through the building, while minimizing ductwork other than to supply fresh air requirements. Products of recycled, renewable, low VOC content abound, including ceilings, linoleum floors, tile, athletic field composition, etc. Lastly, all occupants walk through a landscape of boulders, trees and wooden elements; underscoring a more natural connection to the world

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, Illinois – Building Information:

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Project location: Chicago, IL
Project type: Institutional
Client: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Ages served: K-8
Completion date: 2019
Size: 32,000 sf
Cost: Confidential

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

WKA Design Team: Dan Wheeler, Noah Luken and Emily Ray
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP/FP/Lighting Engineer: IBC Engineering
Landscape + Civil Engineer: Terra Engineering
Owner’s Rep: CBRE
General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews
Acoustical Consultant: Shiner Acoustics
Mason: J&E Duff
Glazier: Gateway Incorporated
Millworker: Lange Brothers Woodwork
Security: Hillard Heintze

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Photography: Steve Hall, Hall + Merrick Photographers

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States

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