Alexander & Associates LTD

Temple Beth Israel3939 Dempster Street Skokie, IL

  • Description

    22,960 SF, 2 stories with a lower level.  Steel frame with aluminum panel and stone exterior walls.  Building is completely sprinklered.

  • Construction Cost


  • Completion Date

    Summer 1995

Scope of Services

Temple Beth Israel was relocating from their old home in Rogers Park and found the location on Dempster Street in Skokie to be ideal for them. The building was originally built in the mid-1970's as a high-tech style bank. Alexander & Associates, Ltd. was selected to help the congregation redesign the existing building into a suitable Synagogue.


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.  We selected all interior finishes and colors and stayed closely involved in the selection of the interior graphics and furnishings.


The reconstructed temple includes 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 created from the main banking floor.  The temple was not planned to be used during High Holy Days.


The exterior materials are a continuation of the original aluminum panels used on the bank, while adding more appropriate materials for a place of Worship.  A symbolic Western Wall constructed of Jerusalem Stone was introduced at the west face of the building.  Construction occurred in three phases over a period of five years.