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Roycemore wins approval to start construction

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Roycemore School won final approval from a city panel this week for its plans to remodel the former Methodist Pension Board building at 1200 Davis St. to become the new home for the century-old private school.

Roycemore School won final approval from a city panel this week for its plans to remodel the former Methodist Pension Board building at 1200 Davis St. to become the new home for the century-old private school.

At the city's Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee meeting Wednesday, Roycemore's architect, Stephen Yas, said that as part of a value engineering process for the building the school had decided to reduce by about 25 percent the window area in a gymnasium addition.

The plan calls for maintaining the same window module spacing as on the existing building, but some areas on the first floor level of the gym addition that had windows in the original plan will now have hardiboard panels framed with metal moulding strips.

Translucent plastic panels that provide a higher insulation value than glass will admit light on the upper level of the gym.

Walter Hallen of the city's Community and Economic Development Department staff said the change would probably also benefit neighbors by reducing the amount of light spilling out from the gym when its in use in the evening.

The plans were approved unanimously by the committee.

Roycemore is moving from its current location at 640 Lincoln St. because its long-term lease from Northwestern University for that site is running out.

School officials have said they hope to move into the new building by late this year.

Above: Architect Stephen Yas shows plans for the remodeling work the to city panel.

 

 

 

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