VIDEO: District 113 Tests HPHS 100-Year-Old Buildings

Results will impact District 113’s Long Range Facility Plan

District 113 is currently developing a Long Range Facility Plan for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools to address long term needs including education, infrastructure, technology, repair and maintenance. One component of the planning process is to figure out what to do with two older 1914 buildings at Highland Park High School.
This summer, District 113 hired Building Technology Consultants to conduct testing on the exterior of the B and C buildings at HPHS, which are almost 100-years-old. Their objective was to pinpoint the cause of water leakage and determine if the buildings’ envelope could be saved and rehabbed for a minimum of 50 years. Interior analysis still needs to be done. 
“We are known for forensic evaluation of existing building envelope components,” BTC Principal Kami Farahmandpour explained. “We look at existing buildings, their problems, we diagnose what the problems are, what the cause of the problems are and we develop repairs for them.”
BTC reviewed the buildings’ historical documents, conducted a visual inspection and a comprehensive field investigation which included water testing. They also took certain walls apart to analyze their defects.
In August, BTC presented four repair options to District 113 which ranged from $4.5-to-$8.3 million. These costs would solely cover the repair and maintenance of the outside envelope of the buildings. There would be an additional price tag for interior repairs. Click here to read the entire BTC report.
“In general we found that the building exteriors were really not in that bad of shape for buildings of their age but they do require repairs in order to be in service for the next 50-years,” Farahmandpour said. “The first thing the Board of Education has to decide is which repair approach they are going to take.”
Before the Board of Education decides anything, they will see more cost analysis. District 113’s architect Perkins+Will is designing alternatives for the inside of the buildings and the construction management firm Gilbane is analyzing the costs of rehabbing the interior of the buildings as well. They’re also pricing out what it would cost the District to tear down the buildings and build new. All options will be presented to the Board of Education. 
District 113 followed BTC testing. Click on our video to watch and hear from engineers.

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Richard H Heineman Jr August 22, 2012 at 06:01 PM
This is very useful information for the planning process. I am looking forward to getting information on the costs of interior work.
Stuart Senescu August 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
This is the way to examine the problem, test, analyze and then look at the results in comparison to the overall goal. THis kind of testing will provide the facts to support Board decisions. I wonder if anyone ever thought of looking at the playfield on the south side of Vine and building a new building there from the bottom up. That way you wouldn't have a one-hundred year old building being re wired, remodeled, re tuckpointed, re cabled, ADA compliant, etc in an attempt to bring a 21st century education to our kids. For school days, Vine St could be closed east of the athletic center parking lot to provide a safer pedestrian campus, or perhaps even a sky bridge.
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther August 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Stu: That site isn't nearly large enough for a school and the cost of building a new school far exceeds the cost of remodeling, even though the improvements to the 1914 buildings would be extensive.
Stuart Senescu August 23, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I was thinking of a building just to replace the original 1914, something to fit the site. The district built the new science wing; perhaps a building just for languages or arts, site appropriate. Building a new one ADA compliant and wired for the 21st century. Too bad the 1914 building is in the middle of the entire school building. Its like the $6million man but with the original heart. The new pieces will outlive the old. The school is the (decrepit) Wrigley Field of Highland Park. Let's get creative!
Richard H Heineman Jr August 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
If we find it necessary to replace the B&C buildings there is room on the present campus. If we keep them (as I expect) we will most likely tear down the C annex. This building has almost no usable space and takes up a lot of room. With that gone there would be plenty of space to build anything else that might be needed. This is just my opinion and I like everyone else eagerly await the Sept 4 presentation at Deerfield High School.


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