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Noyes Arts Center Renovations

We executed a series of projects over a 10-year period beginning in 1993 incorporating historical preservation and renovation as well as handicapped accessibility throughout this existing Evanston, Illinois landmark building. Originally designed by Daniel Burnham in 1892 as an elementary school, the building was converted in 1980 for use a center for performing and visual arts containing artist studios and workshops, drama and dance classrooms, offices, theaters and other arts related activities. Our projects have included:

• Replacement of all 142 existing wood double-hung and awning windows of the original existing building with new double-glazed, thermal-break aluminum windows incorporating window profiles and a muntin grid pattern that replicated the existing wood window division pattern.

• A new handicapped ramp at the west side of the building providing access to the first level of the building in compliance with ADA requirements.

• Renovation and modification of all six public toilet rooms, installation of a new chair lift, installation of a new passenger elevator extending from the Basement Level sculpture, painting and jewelry-making studios to the 1st Floor dance and performance studios and administrative offices and up to the 2nd Floor studios and classrooms, modifications to public corridors, stairs, lighting, plumbing, alarm system and sprinkler system to provide compliance with ADA handicapped accessibility requirements throughout the building.

• Exterior masonry repair, replacement, tuckpointing and painting, gutter and downspout replacement, a new insulated ceiling and lighting in the former gymnasium wing, stairway and exit lighting, new exterior lighting, renovation of the main interior corridors including wall treatments and new lighting to provide gallery and exhibition spaces, and a central building exhaust-ventilation system

• New offices for the art center administration and building management including a handicapped accessible reception area, workspaces and offices, break room and kitchenette, new lighting and air conditioning.

• Replacement of all existing wood windows in the 1951 gymnasium addition with new double-glazed, thermal break aluminum windows and installation of a new air conditioning system and a separate heating system as part of the conversion of this wing into an acrobatic performance-classroom-training space.