Chicago, IL

Chicago Jesuit Academy


Founded in 2005, Chicago Jesuit Academy had primarily served as a school for boys until the early 2020s, when they undertook a project to expand the school to accommodate area girls and increase the school’s capacity to 400 students. The project includes renovations to the original L-shaped building and a new classroom addition with at-grade parking. SGH served as the structural engineer of record for the new building.

SGH designed the steel-framed structure for the new addition, including:

  • Structural steel framing for the ground level with a layout to provide enough bay spacing to accommodate parking
  • Perimeter steel framing to support the undulating brick veneer and stone cladding
  • A glass-enclosed, steel-framed walkway hung from the structural steel level above
  • A steel-framed rooftop structure to support a glass-enclosed architectural light feature
  • Multi-purpose space with depressed framing at the second floor to accommodate a sound-isolating flooring system
  • Braced and moment frames chosen to fit within the architectural layout
  • Support for photostatic arrays over the majority of the new and existing roofs

Project Summary



Completion Date


Project Size
New Construction
Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates
Specialized Capabilities
Building Design

Key team members

Eric Twomey
Eric Twomey
Senior Project Manger
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Structural Engineering Division Head, Chicago