This week we brainstormed our building programming and started conceptualizing our program layout. Team 7 will be looking at a structural reuse of the Morton Salt site, which is a former industrial site on the near northwest side of the city that’s roughly bordered by Elston Ave to the west, the Chicago River and Goose […]

We’ve had an exciting two weeks! We are finally determining the details of our project. Week 8 started off with a structural plan scavenger hunt. In small groups, students searched through a couple full-size prints of structural engineering sheets from a building project. They had a list of things to find, and they were able […]

To catch you up on weeks 5 and 6: Week 5 was college night, and the mentors shared their experiences with college, what types of degrees are best for the different professions, and their personal life paths via collages. Week 6 was a relaxed week since a lot of the students had exams. We watched an […]

This week is one of everyone’s favorite weeks – the construction site visit! Team 7 headed up to the Gold Coast neighborhood to check out a Chicago landmark undergoing a major change, the Viceroy Hotel. The mentors and students first met at the Lou Malnati’s next to the site to enjoy some deep dish and […]

For Week 3, we focused in on each discipline individually. After dinner, each of the three mentor companies presented on some of their recent projects. First up was Jacobs, the engineering mentor firm. They shared a presentation that detailed what the Jacobs Chicago office does and had photos of recent projects, including examples of streetscapes, […]

Week 2 kicked off the series of weeks where the mentors share more details of their various career paths, and the students learn more and more about what the mentors do on their day-to-day jobs. We did two activities following dinner. The first activity was a “murder mystery” game. Three mentors, one each from the […]

Our first week, we met at the offices of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the usual meeting spot for Team 7. We played some Blockus over dinner and then got into some introduction activities. First, we did an icebreaker to relax and start to get to know one another. Everyone grabbed a handful of M&M’s, […]