Academy for Global Citizenship


Purpose-Built Learning Campus


Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection


Chicago, Illinois




$31 million


Studio Gang Architects


65,000 square feet

The whole thing is really all about growing a power- and food-conscious community and designing a replicable system that can be used by other schools in the future.

Studio Gang Founder
Jeanne Gang

Engineering a Sustainable School of the Future

One of Chicago’s premier Public Charter Schools, the Academy for Global Citizenship was struggling to efficiently accommodate its 500 students and teachers in two rented facilities that were separated by a major intersection and truck route. Our client wanted to design a new campus that would better reflect the school’s global stewardship ambitions and achieve a net-positive energy status. This new building needed to include state-of-the-art engineering designs that used the Living Building Challenge as a guide.

Our designs met the client’s unique needs for spaces like laboratories, presentation spaces, learning stations, and play areas by outfitting each space with the engineering design it needed to work efficiently and sustainably. Our engineering designs complemented the architectural design, which maximizes opportunities for daylighting, photovoltaic energy collection, and on-site recycling of stormwater. Our work also ensured that the school’s urban farm could produce its own power.

Our team helped this client meet and surpass their sustainability goals for the new campus. The finished product is a net-positive energy and net-zero waste campus that earned LEED Platinum Certification.