The University of Chicago
American School
Constructed in 1906-07, the American School structure stands out for its remarkably original design. Reflecting the dignity of traditional academic architecture, it is considered a masterpiece of early 20th-century Arts and Crafts-style design.
  • Project Type
    • All
  • Status
  • Delivery Method
    • Construction Management At-Risk
  • Services
  • Location
    • Chicago, IL
  • Size
    • 90,000 sqft
  • Architect
    • Harley Ellis Devereaux

Project Overview

Built in 1906-07, the American School structure is remarkably original in design, while reflecting the dignity of traditional academic architecture, it is a masterpiece of early 20th century Arts and Crafts-style design. In April of 1995, the American School structure was declared a Chicago Landmark.

Berglund was hired on as the construction manager for the restoration of the exterior and interior of the four story office building. The project was a fast track, design/build with two phases of construction, both while the building was partially occupied. The restoration worked consisted of historical exterior facade repairs, renovation of landmark lobby to match the original, roof replacement, new electrical, plumbing and HVAC services.

Glass lights in the windows were replaced as needed and all of the windows were re-painted to match the original finish. Lastly, storm windows were installed on the inside face of the existing windows for energy efficiency. They were a dark bronze color so they would blend in with the dark stain of the interior.