Francis Parker School


Expansion and Renovation


Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection


Chicago, Illinois




Nagle Hartray Architects


190,000 square feet

Expanding Auditorium Capacity and Renovation for Diverse Community

Francis Parker School is a private independent day school that serves students from Pre-K through grade 12 in the heart of Chicago. We partnered with Parker to provide engineering design expertise on a wide variety of projects over the years. Their latest project involved the expansion and renovation of their auditorium, balcony, theater, dance studio, concessions, control room, and box office spaces.

Our design included major MEP infrastructure upgrades for the updated 650-seat auditorium, 250-seat balcony, and other studio and box office spaces. In order to update our client’s fire protection systems, our design included new fire sprinklers for the entire campus.

Our team’s work on this project expanded the building’s worth and capacity. The resulting building now matches the rest of the campus’ contemporary look and feel. In addition, the added balcony has expanded the auditorium’s seating from 600 to 1,100, welcoming more guests to the school’s events.