James L. Shields Middle School

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Located in the city's south west side, James Shields Middle School serves 900 students with its 105,000 SF, three-story, steel frame and masonry construction.  Completed in 2012, the school includes science, computer, music, and art classrooms, in addition to library, gymnasium, kitchen, servery and dining facilities.  In 2013, the project was honored with the Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award.  The L shape design organizes school functions into a classroom wing along the east-west axis and common and staff areas into a wing along the north-south axis.

Guided by a mandated minimum silver level certification through design, and actually achieving gold, the project’s sustainable design features include extensive use of natural lighting, green roofs, high performance building envelope components and energy saving building mechanical systems.

Architect of Record

Architrave, Ltd.

Associate Architect

Schroeder, Murchie, Niemiec, Gazda-Auakalnis Architects


Public Building Commission

General Contractor

George Sollitt Construction Co.


  • Globetrotters Engineering Corp.
  • McDonough Associates, Inc.
  • HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.