LaSalle Language Academy

Harding Partners completed a needs assessment and conceptual design for this addition to the LaSalle Language Academy. Initiated by a parent's group, the project has an extremely limited budget to meet many high priority needs. Harding Partners developed a multi-purpose space that utilizes wireless technology and mobile furnishings to support different programmatic requirements. A wireless data network, laptop computers, and a digital projection system allow for electronic media to be used in the visual arts classes and can also be configured to support a computer resource center. Video-conferencing technology allows students to interact with people from all over the world as they study world languages. Varied methods of instruction are made possible through the use of mobile furniture. A full class can meet for large group instruction and then break-out into small working groups or individual study within the space. Music classes are supported with dedicated instrument storage space, raised platform, digital sound system, and an open space to incorporate movement into the curriculum. A sink and storage for class materials and ongoing projects are provided for art classes. A dedicated entry and restrooms allow the addition to be used for community meetings and performances without requiring access to the rest of school.

Year: 2011
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Area: 3,700 square feet

Key Features

flexible plan to support large and small group instruction
dedicated storage for art and music class materials
wireless data network and laptop computers for digital instruction
video-conference capability
raised platform and digital sound systems for performances
dedicated entry and restrooms to support community meetings

Sustainable Design Features
sunscreened windows
natural ventilation
high performance insulation and air barrier
LED light fixtures
daylight sensor controlled lighting
Energy Star rated roof
native plantings with reduced irrigation requirements
rainwater collection for landscape irrigation
low VOC finishes
sustainable building materials