Area: 21,000 square feet
Site and Program: MetroSquash is a non-profit organization that uses "squash, education, mentoring, cultural experience, and community service to empower Chicago Public School students to realize their full academic, athletic, and personal potential". The success of MetroSquash's after-school program created a demand which far exceeded capacity in borrowed space on The University of Chicago campus.
MetroSquash hired Nagle Hartray to design a new, freestanding squash and academic center which provides expanded capacity for their services.
The center increases the number of students served from 150 to over 300, increases the potential CPS partner schools with whom MetroSquash works, provides a greater continuum of service from 5th grade through college graduation, and enables more students to gain acceptance to the best possible high schools and admission to four-year colleges.
Design: MetroSquash's new home is located in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, near The University of Chicago campus, thereby linking the two communities. The building contains eight squash courts, four classrooms, a parent lounge, locker rooms, and an administrative office.