Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) is a state-of-the-art school and community center for marginalized residents in Chicago’s near west side. The new facility offers programming to provide after-school arts programs for youth and sector-driven job training for adults, all in an environment that inspires success.
As construction manager, Bulley & Andrews provided services to rehabilitate the 30,000 SF, four-story brick masonry building. Transforming the old paint factory into a welcoming and open environment required careful restoration of the building’s original materials, including exterior masonry and interior concrete columns. Features of the rehabbed space include opening and replacing the solid walls of a loading dock with expansive glass curtainwall to create a new entry and public gallery. The new center also houses administrative offices, public assembly space, a commercial kitchen, roof deck, and classrooms.
The building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification with numerous sustainable features, including solar panels.