Client/Owner: Chicago Public Schools
Architect: SMNG-A Architects
General Contractor: *
McKay Landscape Architects incorporated a circular stone apron into the walkway at the entrance, inscribed with inspirational key words, creating a powerful metaphor of the students entering the “circle” of those privileged enough to be receiving an education. Claremont Elementary was so excited about this idea that they held a competition among the students to choose what words would be included. In a neighborhood where school attendance has been a problem, it was vital to cultivate as much excitement as possible in the student body. A colorful array of flowering shrubs, trees and ornamental grasses planted around the campus aimed to be low maintenance yet stimulating to students and faculty alike.