Robert J. Richardson Middle School receives top honors in the K-12 Education category from the 2018 awards program, which recognizes outstanding design projects that incorporate brick.
For a gallery of the Best in Class winners, please click here: “2018 Award Winning Brick Projects,” Brick in Architecture
Via BusinessWire: “Brick in Architecture Awards Honors Creativity with Clay”
Via ArchDaily: “2018 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced”
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.