UNO Soccer Academy High School

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) believes in the power of architecture to transform education and revitalize communities. An essential part of UNO's mission: design today's schools for tomorrow's world with epic passion and imagination. As the second addition to the site, the new high school serves to anchor the campus, seamlessly connecting to the existing elementary school and future site development. While pedestrian connectivity and public open spaces are paramount, other features include:

High visibility to promote community engagement

Outdoor space used as a living, learning laboratory

A large community plaza and soccer field

Convenient access to public transportation

Connection to local parks and area schools

Minimized vehicular circulation, parking and other impervious surfaces

The design is essentially a 'glass ring' partially shrouded by a striking metal panel. Playful and dramatic angles announce the main entry, gymnasium, and courtyard. As the central hub of the school and community, the courtyard features an energetic and welcoming glass façade linking the interior and exterior. Natural light is maximized to promote a heightened sense of community. Green design and efficient planning and construction are also incorporated. The school embodies what UNO believes educational facilities should represent: the hopes and dreams of their local communities.

Architect of record

Michael Lubbers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Wight & Company
211 North Clinton Street, 300 N
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Phone: 312-261-5700

General contractor

Ray Prokop, DBIA, LEED AP
Wight Construction
2500 North Frontage Road
Darien, IL 60561, USA
Phone: 630-969-7000

Consultant 1

Ken Pannuci
100 South Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-242-6352

Consultant 2

Ernie Wong
Site Design Group, Ltd.
888 South Michigan Avenue, #1000
Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Phone: 312-427-7240

Consultant 3

Carol Drucker
Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Inc.
55 South Main Street, Suite 277
Naperville, IL 60540, USA
Phone: 630-305-5757

Consultant 4

Jamil Bou-Saab, PE
Terra Engineering
225 W. Ohio Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-467-0123

Consultant 5

Rick Darche
John Lyle & Associates
180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: 312-981-0335

Consultant 6

Jeffrey McClelland
Pioneer Environmental
700 North Sacramento Boulevard, Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Phone: 773-299-1942


Allison Evans
Allison Evans Photography
1301 W. Fletcher, #211
Chicago, IL 
Phone: 847-452-1263