JOLIET – The Joliet Central High School student center has won two awards for its structural engineering, design, quality of construction and other factors.
Joliet Township High School District 204 officials worked with Gilbane Building Co. and Wight and Co. to construct the center as an addition to the historic Central High School building, a four-story limestone structure that was built in 1901.
Cheryl McCarthy, the district’s superintendent, said she is “extremely proud” of the center and all who contributed to the project, including the board, Central archives committee and district staff.
“The Central student center addition has unified generations of students, both past and present, and is truly a beacon of light for our community,” McCarthy said.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Building Congress gave the student center an award in the New Construction Suburbs category. The center was judged on its function, design, quality of construction, impact of the project on the community and safety record.
District officials announced Thursday the center also received the Award of Merit by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. The competition by the association takes place annually to recognize excellence in structural engineering.
The 43,164-square-foot student center opened January 2016 and can accommodate up to 600 students in its cafeteria. It includes an atrium and galleria space, a kitchen area, a textbook center, ticket windows for school events, freestanding custom-fabricated steel arches and a limestone-clad elevator structure connected to all levels of the school, district officials said in a news release.