• Photo by AJ Brown Imaging

    CCSD59 Early Learning Center
  • Photo by AJ Brown Imaging

    CCSD59 Early Learning Center
  • Photo by AJ Brown Imaging

    CCSD59 Early Learning Center
  • Photo by AJ Brown Imaging

    CCSD59 Early Learning Center
  • CCSD59 Early Learning Center

Community Consolidated School District 59

As part of the design team, Hitchcock Design Group provided schematic design through construction administration services for the planting design of the entire site. Additionally, the team also provided design services for four custom specifically themed outdoor learning and play courtyards located on the campus. The courtyards are focused on developing gross motor skills through play, enhancing sensory interactions, educating students about nature and the fine arts. Each courtyard contains a collection of active and passive activity spaces to engage young learner’s senses of wonder, exploration, imagination and creativity. Playhouses, stages, water and sand play, music and art areas, pathways, play equipment and garden areas all provide teachers with the ability to bring instruction and play outside. The spaces also give educators areas to conduct music, dance and acting performances, explore nature, by growing and experiencing plants and animals first-hand, and to develop confidence and improve motor skills in challenging, yet accessible and safe environments.

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Jonathan Kubow

“Hitchcock goes out of their way to make sure they’re responsive, helpful, and doing things that aren’t necessarily their responsibility. They’re just all-around quality. Any project that I do going forward they will always, always be included in my RFP, whether it’s city or suburban.”

Jonathan Kubow
Development Manager, Lennar Multifamily Communities

Ann Ziegelmaier

“Communication, creativity, meeting timeliness, meeting institutional expectations; we’re not an easy client. Hitchcock goes out of their way to work with us.”

Ann Ziegelmaier
Landscape Architect-Northwestern University

Doug Sampson

“They’ve earned our trust. They listen to us and come back with solutions that really meet our needs. They let you start to dream …”

Doug Sampson
University Architect/Director-Missouri State University

Cee Cee Hodgson

“Their work comes with a level of empathy with the user to say ‘it’s more than plants. How can this be an uplifting space? How can this invigorate someone?’ That’s different. That’s unique.”

Cee Cee Hodgson
Lead Architect–C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group

Mike DeRouin

“With Hitchcock, I felt like they really went above and beyond, and they’re extremely responsive. They take more of a leadership role, which is helpful, especially with a complicated project.”

Mike DeRouin
President, FitzGerald Associates

Tim Brennan

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Tim Brennan
Senior Associate/Retail Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Jim Basala

“Hitchcock thinks beyond straight lines and 90-degree angles.”

Jim Basala
COO, Lake County Parks & Recreation Dept.

Steve Gulden

“Some architects will just say ‘how dare you!’ but Hitchcock encourages changes. Relationships and creativity is what it boils down to—it’s why I like them the best and what sets them apart from others.”

Steve Gulden
Village Manager, Village of Romeoville

Craig Phillips

“One of Hitchcock’s strengths is the amount of work they put in when they’re getting to know a community. They show you they really understand the issues your community is considering. They’re very thorough in their approach. It’s clear they’ve done their homework.”

Craig Phillips
Town Manager, City of St. John

Patrick Lyons

“They work in a very collaborative manner in discussions and presentations. They make sure you fully understand it. If there are any questions at all, they can help you with it.”

Patrick Lyons
Director of Construction-Advocate Healthcare