Powerhouse High School- Henry Ford Academy

Year: 2009

Client: Homan Arthington Foundation

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

LEED Certification: LEED-NC Platinum

Awards: Landmarks Illinois 2009 Project of the Year

Chicago Neighborhood Development Award: Richard H. Driehaus Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project

Chicago Architecture Foundation 2009 Patron of the Year (Homan Arthington Foundation)

AIA Chicago 2013: Interior Architecture Award

AIA Chicago 2013: Divine Detail Award


Powerhouse High School is the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 90,000-square foot Sears Roebuck and Company power supply house into a sustainable charter school. With programming inspired by the Henry Ford Learning Institute, Powerhouse High provides its faculty and students with the unique opportunity to teach about, learn from and live with sustainable design. Through an integrated design process, the consultant team worked to preserve the exterior facade, industrial-age machinery, and open space on site. Earning LEED Platinum certification, the schools welcomed students in fall of 2009.