STR Principal Jennifer Costanzo accepted the award for Best New Elementary School for our work on Robert J. Richardson Middle School at the April 21st ceremony. The event was hosted by the Masonry Advisory Council at the Chicago History Museum.
About Robert J. Richardson Middle School
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple accent brick panels punctuate the clean, white masonry walls of Robert J. Richardson Middle School. Different colored light fixtures along exterior walkways correspond with these accent panels, providing continuity between the new 135,000-sf building and landscaping. Small, square windows sparkle on sections of black manganese brick. The challenge of designing the building with uniformly sized punched window openings—a cost-saving measure—is making the façade visually exciting. STR, with the service of Rauch Clay Sales Corporation and ALL Masonry Construction Company, animates the building’s appearance by placing the glazed brick panels of varying colors in between the standardize windows. The result is a lively and vibrant exterior reflective of the surrounding community. The new school, which opened in December 2016, serves 5th through 8th grade students in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood and can accommodate more than 1,450 students.