Illinois , United States
Lindbergh Schools’ new $6.6 million Administration Center consolidates and centralizes this rapidly growing school district’s administrative functions in a modern and progressive facility.
The design reflects the values of this highly ranked district with six “Blue Ribbon Schools” awards. Located at a prominent 3-way intersection, the 6-sided structure is visible from every direction. With no back of house to hide services or parking, every façade is treated equally and curb appeal abounds. Progressive and future-ready principles are evident in design decisions, resulting in a building clad in metal panels, black brick, and vibrant green accents, very distinct in appearance from the unassuming primarily commercial architecture typical to the area.
Guided by a progressive superintendent and the design team, the district’s forward-thinking administration moved away from outmoded and isolated ways of working in favor of a design that promotes and supports departmental collaboration. Its internal organization breaks down hierarchical structures with interior supervisory offices facing into large generously daylit open workspaces. The building removes barriers between district employees, resulting in better workflow and administrative culture, as employees now attest.
|Location||St. Louis, Illinois , United States|
|Architecture Design||Cordogan Clark & Associates|
|Photo||Aaron Gipperich Photography|
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The firm was founded in Chicago in 1951 by Louis C. Cordogan. He added a second office in Aurora Illinois in l968. Lou Cordogan apprenticed with the regional pioneer modernists Keck + Keck Architects and with Paul Schweiker. At the leading edge of architectural and technological innovation, these firms were concerned with aesthetically refined high-performance design and construction. Lou’s own practice built on this solid foundation and matured to include diverse financial, religious, residential and hotel projects. Lou always worked to synthesize durable design and construction.
John Cordogan, Managing Partner, joined the firm in 1973. In 1984 John Clark joined the firm as a founding partner of Cordogan, Clark & Associates. The firm has since grown significantly and is now a privately owned corporation of 80 professionals including, 54 architects / engineers / planners. Crain’s Chicago Business has ranked CCA as one of the 20 largest architectural firms in Chicago, and CCA is the largest architectural firm in Kane County. The firm is organized in two offices with John Cordogan, Principal in Charge of the Aurora office and John Clark, Principal in Charge of the Chicago office. Architects and engineers within the firm are affiliated with numerous professional associations including the American Institute of Architects and are licensed by NCARB to practice through the United States.