Mariano Azuela Elementary School
Educational campus transforms vacant lot into community asset
A partnership between the Public Building Commission of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, and Midway Baseball Association resulted in the transformation of a weed-covered lot and five neglected baseball fields into a lively gathering place that nurtures education and unites residents of its West Lawn neighborhood.
The new 105,000-square-foot Mariano Azuela Elementary School features student-focused design and sustainable systems that conserve energy and support the curriculum.
- One of first schools in Chicago Public Schools system to achieve LEED for Schools Gold certification
- Adjacent park features five ball fields, arboretum, concession stand, picnic area, and walking path
- Large signage and a simple layout make navigation easy for younger students
- Each classroom offers abundant natural light and a teaching wall with a bright color
- Patterned brick and large windows create community-appropriate aesthetic and celebrate learning