The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center

project at a glance

The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center is five-story, 82,000 square foot building clad in weathered copper, glass and reclaimed limestone, connected via a two-story connector building to the Fourth Presbyterian Church.  A glass wall on the east facade highlights the church’s activity to people on Michigan Avenue. The building provides more space for the church's educational, outreach, music, and fellowship programs including tutoring, the day school, and the Academy for Faith and Life and contains classrooms, a preschool facility, a versatile chapel that can accommodate more than 350 people, gathering spaces, a dining room and kitchen facilities.

The team performed extensive enabling work including demolishing three buildings on the site and shoring up the historic church to protect it from construction vibrations. The project is seeking LEED silver certification and has three green roofs visible to high-rise neighbors overlooking the facility.

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