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The new Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is an early-childhood and K-8 charter school planned for the southwest side of Chicago. AGC aims to foster systematic change and holistic learning through development of a new replicable model for 21st century learning. SMNG A Ltd. as Architect of Record along with Associate Architect Farr Associates are overseeing the architectural design and construction of this new net-positive energy campus, Chicago’s first Living Building Challenge compliant, PHIUS-certified building and a milestone for the Midwest.

Community engagement, earth stewardship, connection to nature, nutrition, and agriculture are central to the educational mission of AGC to empower all students to positively impact the community and world. The campus design will serve as a learning laboratory that reinforces wonder and self-directed experiential learning through relationship-driven environments. The campus will further serve as an incubator for visiting scholars.

The new AGC campus will be comprised of three permanent structures:

1. The School: Serves as the learning ecosystem for early childhood and K-8 learning with a publicly accessible market and a school-based health clinic.

2. The Institute: Serves as a residence and associated support spaces for agricultural oversight and visiting scholars, approximately 5,952 SF in area plus covered porch.

3. The Barn/ Production Greenhouse: Houses agricultural equipment, livestock, includes a classroom for agricultural learning, and a south-facing production greenhouse.

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