GEMS World Academy

  • Client: bKL Architecture
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Size: 396,000 square feet
  • Services Provided: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection

WMA provided engineering design services for a grade K-12 school housed in two separate high-rise buildings located in the Lakeshore East Development in Chicago, Illinois. The elementary school is a 10-story, 86,000 square foot building. The building includes classrooms, dining, cafeteria, science laboratories, music and art classrooms, and a multi-purpose area. Support areas for the school are also included. A multi-story atrium open to the classroom floors complements the lower portion of the building.

WMA is currently designing the high-rise building for grades 5-12. The building is approximately 235,000 square feet and 16 floors. Two floors of underground parking at 24,000 square feet each are included for an unrelated tenant. The upper school program includes an auditorium, administration space, pool and athletic area, performing arts studios, gymnasium, art studios, classrooms, dining, cafeteria, library and science laboratories.

Building 1: Completed 2014

Building 2: In Design

Architect: bKL Architecture