Joliet Central High School Student Center Receives Honor Award for National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association's Job of the Year
June 2, 2017 09:51 AM
The JTHS Student Center was one of 15 finalists for the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association's Job of the Year, among 300 entries, receiving an honor award for industry recognition. The entry was submitted by Menconi Terrazzo, the Terrazzo Work Contractor.
The new 43,000-square-foot addition features the welcoming student center atrium/galleria space, an open plan dining pavilion that can seat up to 600 people for events, a kitchen area, and the textbook center that offers technology support, tickets for school events, and school supplies. A freestanding, custom-fabricated tubular steel structure of arches allows the roof to soar 50 feet above ground and a limestone-clad elevator structure connects all levels of the school.
Originally built in 1901, Joliet Central High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The design connects the new with the old, featuring a limestone wall of the existing school on the interior of the new structure. Much of the architectural detail takes inspiration from the original design and incorporates impressive steelwork as well.