SAS Architects & Planners to Design New Facility for Private School Expanding in Chicago’s West Ridge Neighborhood

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Northbrook, Ill.-based SAS Architects & Planners has been retained to design a new facility for a Jewish-affiliated private school that is expanding in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood.

One of our challenges was to create an addition that connects the two existing structures, which have different elevations and construction systems.

SAS Architects & Planners (http://www.sasarch.com) has been retained to design a new facility for a Jewish-affiliated private school that is expanding in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood.

SAS is converting a long-vacant building on the corner of Rosemont and California Aves. into a 59,000-square-foot school for Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School/Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi , a state-accredited Orthodox day school. When completed in late 2014, the building --formerly owned by Ner Tamid Congregation of North Town -- will accommodate more than 400 boys in grades K-8. It will be dedicated by Rabbi Sidney Glenner and family as the David & Frieda Glenner Building in memory of his late parents.

Plans for the new school include 25 classrooms, a worship area, gym, library, dining hall, science and computer labs, plus offices for staff and support services.    It will replace the school’s existing facility at 6122 N. California Ave., approximately two blocks south.

“One of our challenges was to create an addition that connects the two existing structures, which have different elevations and construction systems. The location also has some unique sub-soil conditions we are dealing with to create the necessary support system,” said SAS President Steven E. Sussholz, AIA.

More than 1,000 parents and other supporters attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project on Oct. 21.

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School/Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi is affiliated with the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, and is supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Foundation. For more information on the school, call (773) 465-8889.

About SAS Architects & Planners
Based in Northbrook, Ill., SAS Architects & Planners provides a wide range of professional services ranging from project development through implementation and post-occupancy support for the education, healthcare, senior living and commercial sectors. Founded in 1954, it remains committed to translating client goals into building environments that are thoughtfully and functionally designed, environmentally friendly, and technologically advanced. Past and present clients include: Allstate Insurance Co., CJE Senior Life, LaSalle Group, Mercy Hospital, NuCare Service Corp., Presbyterian Homes, Providence Life Services, Sacred Heart Hospital, Senior Lifestyle Corp., and YAM Management. For more information, visit http://www.sasarch.com.

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