CPS Lovett Elementary School ‘Dever’ Beam Renovation
Built in the late 1920s, the Dever prototypical elementary school design, named after the mayor of the time, William Emmett Dever, began to show signs of concrete distress not long after the prototypical schools were constructed. The systemic concrete failures dictated that all 30 prototypical elementary schools be reinforced with steel members from atop the roof, within the attic, and from the basement in the early 1930s.
Today, Chicago Public Schools is repairing 2 Dever schools per year. AltusWorks was recently selected as Architect for one of these high-priority CPS renovations and is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team for the structural repair and restoration of the previously structurally reinforced school. The project implements new Fiber-Reinforced Polymer technology that will allow the concrete beams and joists to be strengthened in place. In order to accomplish the much-needed structural repair, adjacent systems will be impacted, requiring facade restoration; roof replacement; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing removal and reinstallation; and interior finish repairs.