Roycemore School Opens New School in Evanston

Roycemore School Opens New School in Evanston;
Five and One-Half Year Project Led by Podolsky Northstar Comes to a Successful Close

The expansion and relocation of the Roycemore School in Evanston, Ill. has been completed. Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International played a pivotal role in the comprehensive redevelopment project, from strategic planning and site selection to acquisition and owner’s representative for project management.

The five and one-half year project culminated last month when the school officially opened in its new 68,000-square-foot facility at 1200 Davis Street. That location allows the school to serve its current 265 students, from grades pre-kindergarten through high school, with room to expand enrollment to approximately 350 students. Roycemore has called Evanston home for over 95 years, and serves a student population drawn from both Chicago and the Northern Suburbs.

The comprehensive building renovation was designed to meet the needs of Roycemore’s growing enrollment and to provide advanced technology and other academic advancements for students. In addition, a new full sized gymnasium was added to the building to serve the school’s physical education and interscholastic athletic programs.

“Roycemore’s vision all along was to create a state-of-the-art educational facility, one that would serve its needs today while also looking ahead to the future,” said Randy D. Podolsky, SIOR, managing principal, Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International. “Suffice to say they have accomplished that goal.”

The site, with its prominent location at Davis Street and Ridge Avenue, adjacent to Alexander Park, is easily accessible from all directions and is in close proximity to public transportation.

Podolsky Northstar was originally retained in 2006 to provide a comprehensive site selection and evaluation process; a feasibility and entitlement analysis; construction administration consulting; and an evaluation of financing options. The school chose Podolsky Northstar because of its extensive hands-on dedication and experience working with 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporations regarding their strategic real estate needs.

The other 501(c)3 entities that Podolsky Northstar CORFAC International has recently represented include Temple Beth-El (Chicago and Northbrook), Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School, AEHI (Alternatives in Education for the Hearing Impaired) and ORT Technical Institute.

Assisting Randy Podolsky with this assignment were Adam J. Tarantur, senior vice president; and Melissa L. Podolsky, RPA, senior vice president.