The proposed state-of-the-art, 130,000 sq. ft. El Valor International Inclusion Center campus includes education and research facilities with spaces for child care, various arts programs, horticulture, music, and the culinary arts. The heart of the newly designed facility centers around El Valor’s community outreach program, committed to enriching and empowering the lives of those with disabilities.
The proposed El Valor will be sited on an eight-acre site bounded by 45th and 46th streets to the north and south and Damen ave and Wolcott Ave to the west and east. The purpose for this planned development proposal is to create a new community campus that will offer valuable amenities to the community and encourage new development in the surrounding area. The campus, on the edge of the Stockyards industrial corridor, will also serve as a buffer between residential areas to the south and east and manufacturing and commercial to the north and west.
The new center provides a strong connection to nature and the surrounding community through liberal use of glass window walls. The perforated metal façade achieves both a functional application and aesthetic appeal, integrating the El Valor brand hexagon patterning as perforation in the new metal rain screen façade. The double wall rainscreen shelters the building from unwanted solar heat gain while diffusing large amounts of natural light into the facility. Doing double duty to maintain varying levels of privacy, as the density of perforation change to meet the programmatic needs. The various degrees of transparency encourage curiosity and interaction for the new learning environment, drawing together surrounding community.