Near West Side, Chicago
Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) is bringing a state-of-the-art school and community center to marginalized residents in Chicago’s near west side. Based on a 40-year-old model developed by Bill Strickland with the Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, the program is built on providing after-school arts programs for youth and sector-driven job training for adults, all in an environment that inspires success. ChiCAT’s education model is an effective strategy to improve academic achievement and equip adults to take advantage of life-changing employment opportunities.
At 30,000SF, ChiCAT will house administrative offices, public assembly space and gallery, a commercial kitchen, roof deck, and classrooms in a rehabilitated 4-story brick masonry building. Medical assistant training, coding and digital education, in addition to a comprehensive set of social services, aim to transform 4 economically-disadvantaged and 19 low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. In the first two years, ChiCAT will train 40 adults and 80 youth per year, and subsequently expand to train 80 adults and 140 youth per year.
The building is designed to LEED energy standards.
ClientChicago Center for Arts and Technology
ContractorBulley & Andrews
ConsultantsPrism Engineering (Civil)
McKay Landscape Architects (Landscape)
Carsello Engineering Inc. (Structural)
Shiner Associates (Acoustical)