Southwest Education Center

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The site, half a mile north of Interstate 80, is surrounded by a pristine prairie landscape, and a commercial strip development of ersatz simulacra to the north.

The community college satellite facility flanks the street to its north. The elongated, two-level mass fits the prairie scale and generates the dignity befitting a regional institution.

Having parking on the south side, the building steps down to one story for the entrance, conference center, and community spaces. Louvers, light shelves, and the slender east-west spine bring daylight and outdoor views to 95% of interiors, while providing warmth and natural light in this northern climate.

Employing the main campusís three primary masonry tones, a decorative brick pattern attains the scale of the region, resonates with the colorful and playful qualities of the commercial strip, and presents a strong wall to extreme weather from the north.

The center is pursuing LEED Platinum certification.

Architect
Legat Architects, Inc.
Associate Architect
Brubaker (Design Consultant)
Client
Moraine Valley Community College
Consultants
  • David R. McCallum Associates, Inc.
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Larson Engineering
  • Metro Design Associates, Inc.
General contractor
IHC Construction Companies, LLC
Location
Tinley Park, Illinois
Category
Institutional