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Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Waters Elementary’s $24 Million Annex Construction Starts Next Week

There will be no summer programming at the Lincoln Square school as construction crews build an addition.

A rendering of the new annex at Waters Elementary, 4540 N. Campbell Ave.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Construction crews will begin assembling the steel frame for a new $24 million annex at Waters Elementary next week.

Crews began work last year prepping the school grounds at 4540 N. Campbell Ave. by removing the playground and digging into the soil north of the main building for the annex.

Once the steel beams arrive at the school next week, crews will build the three-story annex through the winter, spring and summer, said Kerl LaJeune, deputy director of planning and design for the city’s Public Building Commission. 

LaJeune presented renderings of the building during a Tuesday evening meeting of Waters Elementary’s Local School Council.  

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A rendering of the new annex at Waters Elementary, 4540 N. Campbell Ave.

Waters Principal Titia Kipp said the school would not have any summer programing this year due to crews working on the interior of the current building and the new one. 

The Lincoln Square school has experienced an 86 percent jump in enrollment over the past 10 years and has maxed out its existing space.

Once built, the LEED Silver-certified building will add seven classrooms, a cafeteria, an art room, a music room and a media center. The new space will allow Waters Elementary to address its increased enrollment.

Improvements being made to Waters Elementary’s current building include resealing the roof, addressing leaks in the gym, and repainting its interior to match the new color scheme inside the new building.

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