Temple Beth Israel3939 Dempster Street Skokie, IL
22,960 SF, 2 stories with a lower level. Steel frame with aluminum panel exterior walls. Building is completely sprinklered.
Scope of Services
Services included complete architectural and engineering design. Initial work began with Committee meetings to program the new facility, followed by preliminary design, construction documents, competitive bidding and construction administration phase services. ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES, LTD. selected all interior finishes and colors and maintained close involvement in the selection of the interior graphics and furnishings.
The building was originally built in the mid-1970's as a bank. The reconstructed temple included the addition of a 2nd floor on the original roof of the bank. The 240 seat sanctuary was constructed at the location of the original bank drive-thru, and the social hall was recreated from the main banking floor. The temple will not be used during high holy days.
The exterior materials are a continuation of the original bank aluminum panels. A symbolic Western Wall constructed of Jerusalem Stone was introduced at the west face of the building. Construction occurred in three (3) phases over a period of five (5) years.