Latin School of Chicago Upper School Science Center

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

High School science – 25% get it, 25% don't, and the middle 50% are overlooked. The challenge for the Science Center was to broaden the appeal while allowing the gifted to excel. Student-centered paradigms for learning – flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and self-directed inquiry – are combined with a focus on the intersection of science, nature, and art to personalize the learning experience and appeal to multiple intelligences.

The Interactive Science Forum serves as a hub for interaction, investigation, innovation, and inquiry. The creative processes of science and art are fused – STEM becomes STEAM. Scientific concepts such as fusion, DNA, and Powers of Ten are expressed throughout in lighting arrangements, projected wall surfaces, flooring patterns, seating, wall coverings, and interactive displays. A wall of LCD panels and an Omni-Globe spherical projector complete the space.

The surrounding Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and General Sciences rooms use technology to "flip the classroom". Each is equipped with a widescreen SmartBoard, LCD screen, document camera, and audio/video devices which capture lectures and experiments that can be accessed from home while promoting project-based learning in class. Also, practically every vertical surface is writable, allowing creative thought and teachable moments to occur without pause.

Architect of record

Eric Penney
Nagle Hartray Architecture
30 W. Monroe, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Phone: 312-425-1000
Fax: 312-425-1001

Associate architect

Peter Exley
Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
111 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-335-1317

General contractor

Rob Maloney
Power Construction
8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60631-3546, USA
Phone: 312-596-6960

Consultant 1

Bradick Young
KJWW Engineering Consultants
1100 Warrenville Road, Suite 400W
Naperville, IL 60563, USA
Phone: 630-527-2320

Consultant 2

Michael Kuk
Sieben Energy Associates
333 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: 312-899-1000


Mark Ballogg
Ballogg Photography
1459 W. Cortez
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 773-772-1507

Photographer 2

Doug Snower
Snower Photography
111 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-943-1500