Intrinsic School

The Project

Intrinsic Charter School, a grade 7 to 12 public school, aimed to blend technology into its teaching program, in the hope of providing each student a path to college and a career. This innovative 68,000 square foot school in northwest Chicago was built by renovating several structures that once comprised a lumberyard. The main structure of Intrinsic Charter School is a former barn that was constructed in 1954 for the family-owned Shannon Lumber Company business.

Derby, Vermont, USA
300 Azteco & Designwall 2000

This, like many school projects, was on a fast track timeline that began in February, 2014 and had to be completed by late August of that year. Installation of the Designwall 2000 panels was achieved quickly with no delays to the critical path of construction.

- Daniel Wicke, LEED AP, Project Architect, Wheeler Kearns Architects


A Modernized Renovation

How do you design and build a school that is just as innovative and well-performing as the students it houses? Mix in with that reusing 75 percent of the existing structures, including an open air shed more than forty feet tall built in 1954 combined with two additional buildings originally constructed in 1911 and 1928. BENCHMARK by Kingspan’s wide palette was a key reason for specifying Designwall 2000 because it offered numerous creative possibilities for the design team. This is evident in the unique design features performed by Wheeler Kearns on the Intrinsic Charter School project. The two colors of panels were staggered creatively to creative a unique overlapping pattern.


Keeping the Schedule in Mind

BENCHMARK by Kingspan Designwall 2000 and 300 Series Azteco Embossed were specified for the Intrinsic Charter School exterior cladding. The design team had three goals to meet; a fast track schedule, insulating the school to face the famous Chicago winds, and creating an aesthetic look that would stand out in a sector filled with industrial buildings. As time was ticking away, the single-component design made for fast on-site installation.

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