Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic, applauds VDTA and FGM Architects for their recently completed Earl Shapiro Hall, in his weekend feature. Kamin wrote, ”Richly endowed with innovative classrooms and common spaces, it is well-attuned to the individual needs of its students…”
The 120,000 SF building, part of a three phase project for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, recently opened it’s doors this fall for nursery to second grade classes. The later two phases, a new 80,000 SFArt Wing addition and renovations of the existing five buildings are scheduled for completion in 2016. VDTA is the Design Architect and FGM is the Architect-of-Record for the project.
The building site “called for a different architectural response than another dose of the familiar Gothic Revival. Valerio provided one in the form of a striking, three-story building of two interconnected parts…With the dome of the Museum of Science and Industry looming across Stony Island, Valerio had to go big or go home.”