An International Preschool-Grade 12 Academy 


GEMS World Academy Chicago is committed to creating a learning environment that ignites student interest, nurtures skills to prepare them to be leaders and changemakers in a complex world. In order to maximize the possibilities of our educational spaces and the programs for our students, we’ve designed a facility with state-of-the-art instructional spaces, labs and innovation hubs in the school. Given the experience and experts on our team, we have taken the opportunity enhance the original design for the Upper School. In addition, we have created a think tank of industry leaders including Chicago’s Field Museum and Steppenwolf Theater Company as well as Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.I.T., as well as our GWA Advisory Council members to gain design input and draw on our collective experience to shape our vision into reality.


Here is a timeline of our major milestones:

Fall 2017

•Negotiate contracts
Excavate and construct building piles
Phased permit and Sub-trades bid process 

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  • Winter 2018

    Construct cast-in-place reinforced concrete foundation  and floor slabs for 4 levels, up to the plaza level and main entry floor of  the school
  • Spring 2018

    Construct concrete core to level-8
    Begin to erect superstructure 
    •Begin building infrastructure on lower levels

  • Summer 2018

    Continue Erecting superstructure 
    Start pouring floor slabs
    •Continue infrastructure, for vertical circulation, mechanical, electrical, plumbing , and fire protection

  • Fall 2018

    Start building enclosure (curtain wall, roofing and water proofing)
    Start carpentry and other roughing trades in fully enclosed floors
    •Hold "Topping Off" ceremony for school community to celebrate progress
  • Winter 2019

    Begin finish trades, millwork installation
    Begin fixture installation 
    Award FF&E contract
  • Spring 2019

    Complete finishes, fixtures, mechanical, electrical, fire protection
    Commission all systems and controls
    Building occupancy fall 2019

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