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Creativity Rewarded

The innovative brick facade designed by STL exclusively for the Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been awarded the prestigious 2014 National Brick Award by the Brick Industry Association

The design features a one of a kind masonry solution which achieves an astonishingly beautiful ceramic tapestry by mixing just three different types of ceramic units. STL explored the design of the unit with overall goals of increasing typical dimensions and providing a variation in unit size to promote pattern randomness. Working closely with brick suppliers and manufacturers to ensure special shapes could be produced, and consulting the Masonry Advisory Council regarding constructability and budgeting considerations, STL developed a brick design based on a single nominal unit size of 4D x 16H x 8L inches. Vertical orientation of the unit was key to maintaining the 8 inch module length while increasing labor efficiencies over a standard modular brick. The pattern was created by the factory blending of the three different variations of the same brick at 33% of each type of unit.

The project was Awarded Best in Class in the K-12 School category.

School Project Wins 2014 CBC Merit Awards

The Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been declared winner of the 2014 Merit Awards by the Chicago Building Congress in the over 55 million dollar construction cost category. The project had been selected to compete against other well known projects such as Perkins+Will’s William Jones High School, Rafael Vinoly’s University of Chicago Medicine Building and the 500 Lake Shore Drive apartments designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Developed by Public Building of Chicago for the Chicago Public Schools the 215,00 SF building features a pool, gymnasium and auditorium, laboratories, specialty classrooms as well as extensive athletic facilities inclusive of a a full size football and soccer field, a baseball field and tennis courts. In addition to these programmatic elements the building also hosts a local Chicago Public Library. The project leverages the infrastructure of the existing library maximizing the space’s usefulness and the project’s overall programmatic effciency.

Back of The Yards High School Construction Update

Construction on Back of the Yards High School project began in June 2011. The foundations and steel went up last week and construction is going smoothly. The building is expected to be complete in 2013.

One Village India

One Village is an educational village model conceived to serve the rural population in India. It is a carbon neutral development that has the ability to produce its own energy, therefore eliminating the emissions of greenhouse gases while promoting self-sustainability.



The motivation behind this type of development is to provide innovative economic opportunities in rural India that were previously unavailable. Large urban centers are perceived to be the only avenue to prosperity, but many young people who flock to these areas in search of a better life are met with disappointment. What they encounter are slums, unemployment and poverty.



Each Village will have a circular formation, with the diameter of the circle being dependent on the population of each individual location. The program of a typical village includes K-12 learning environments, vocational training, workshops, residences, agricultural land, sports and a market. The market will sell produce and products developed by the students of the village. The market will also provide a stepping stone to help the graduates establish themselves as entrepreneurs in the area where they are born; increasing the appeal of staying close to family and away from large urban centers.

ArchiWorld Magazine

STL’s Torres de Cotillas project has recently been published in ARCHIWORLD, the leading design magazine in Korea.