Joliet Central Student Center receives Award of Merit by Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
May 30, 2017 09:22 AM
Joliet Central High School’s new Student Center addition, designed by Wight & Company and constructed by Gilbane Building Company, recently received the Award of Merit by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) as part of the SEAOI Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.
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.
In line with the mission of Joliet Township High School serving as a “Palace of Learning and Culture”, Wight & Company not only embraced the architectural tradition of JTHS but also enhanced its identity to create 21st century learning environments that foster community connections for a vision driven future.