Benito Juarez High School Renovation & New Cultural Auditorium

Chicago, Illinois

Globetrotters provided mechanical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire protection, and structural engineering services as Engineer-of-Record for the renovation of Benito Juarez High School and the new building addition of an auditorium/ theater for the performing arts.

The renovation of the existing 144,000 SF high school building included major upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems with boiler and electrical replacements, rehabilitation of the ventilation system, and a new digital (BAS) building control systems installation. The electrical upgrade also involved the design of new public address, fire alarm, and lighting systems.

The project included a new 63,000 SF, two-story multi-use performing arts addition to the campus. The performance space includes a stage, dimmer room, “green room”, scene shop, pre-function space, instrumental, and choir areas. The auditorium provides seating for 500 people, including tiered seating that meets ADA requirements.

Other additions to the school included 9 classrooms and a six-classroom bridge from the school to a new cultural auditorium, for which Globetrotters provided structural design.

Globetrotters designed the structural steel framing and concrete foundations to support a 10,000 SF Green Roof (LEED) located above the new center.