Jones College Prep gets Chopper to do heavy lifting
Today a helicopter helped with the construction of the new William Jones College Preparatory High School. It is located at 700 South State Street and is scheduled for completion in 2013. The helicopter was used for lifting a heavy air condition motor and other large steel construction parts from the ground up to the roof. One of the construction supervisors on site said he has been in the construction business for over 20 years and using a helicopter is not very common, he had only wittiness it about 3 times.
As reported by the Chicago Building Commission: Jones College Prep will be a new non-prototypical high school for 1,200 selective-enrollment and community students, which includes below-grade parking, general classrooms, science labs, world language/computer classrooms, art classrooms, music classrooms, administration suite, nurses/student services suite, student dining area with servery and full cooking kitchen, multi-purpose room, library, gymnasium, natatorium, separate auditorium, and building support spaces. This replacement High School to be constructed to the south of the existing Jones College Prep High School.
The new $150 million school building is scheduled to open this fall and will offer state-of-the-art technology. Jones Prep is a limited-enrollment school. Students have to have high grades and test scores to be considered for enrollment there.
Lacking a nearby neighborhood public school, families of the South Loop will have a great opportunity with the Jones Prep addition to the neighborhood. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Jones as one of the best high schools in the country, and it is also perhaps one of the most racially and economically diverse of Chicago’s selective enrollment schools.