The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Honorable Mention 2017 Education Design Showcase

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters

Honorable MentionProject Information

Facility Use: High School
Project Type: Adaptive Reuse
Category: Community/Joint Use Facilities
Location: Chicago, IL
District/Inst.: After School Matters
Chief Administrator: Mary Ellen Caron, CEO
Completion Date: Spring 2017
Gross Area: 34,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 23 sq. ft.
Site Size: 1 acre
Current Enrollment: 1,500 students
Capacity: 1,500 students
Cost per Student: $3,367
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $162
Total Cost: $5,500,000

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School MattersESA partnered with the non-profit, After School Matters, to create a satellite location for their apprenticeship programs. ESA was tasked with transforming an existing four-story insurance headquarters into The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center—a beacon for culinary arts and technology programs for the teens of the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. The renovation included a commercial teaching kitchen, dining area, dance studio, technology labs, and various studios for visual and performing arts.

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School MattersThe donated building was transformed into a facility that responds to student input for spaces that reflect their personality and encourage collaboration. On each floor, garage doors connect perimeter studios to a central flex space that invites educators to open the doors and create a single free-flowing learning space. Students of all programs share ideas over casual pin ups or gallery displays of their work. Bookended by a commons/lobby and a teaching kitchen, the ground level circulation “boulevard” affords glimpses into vocal, dance, and tech studios, creating a dynamic and interconnected community of performance.

The exterior improvements include additional window openings for added daylight, landscape updates, a covered entry canopy, and a new stair tower that brings the building into compliance with current building codes.

Judges Comments

This is a place that students will feel comfortable in and want to go to. Great adaptive reuse. Nice flexible open areas. Liked the use of a post-occupancy survey.

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School MattersArchitect(s):

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects