Eisenhower Junior High School Addition

Darien, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wight & Company


    Darien Public School District 61

  • AREA

    19,000 sq.ft.





The multipurpose room is part of a 19,000-square-foot junior high school addition, which included nine new classrooms. The room is situated so that it is separated from the nearby classrooms and so the exterior massing is recognizable from the public street. Clerestory and conventional windows on the east and west walls provide a see-through view with an open courtyard ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms by the placement of the addition. Indirect metal halide lighting is incorporated to emphasize the volume and bowstring shape of the steel-truss roof structure. Ground-face block with painted block bands at clerestory height provides a durable and pleasing aesthetic.

The space is designed as a multipurpose room. It is used as a cafeteria, lecture hall and small performance hall. The space provides seating for 230 students for lunch, 600 people for auditorium-style seating, a raised platform with microphone jacks and a projector with a motorized projection screen.

The room effectively answers the desire for a multipurpose space while providing natural light, ventilation and a lively environment.