Morrison Junior High School

Morrison, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Bradley & Bradley


    Morrison Consolidated School District

  • AREA

    65,000 sq.ft.





Designed in conjunction with an elementary school for economy of scale, the junior-high project included the addition of 45,700 square feet and extensive remodeling that provided classrooms, offices, cafeteria and kitchen, gymnasium, science and art laboratories. The mechanical and electrical systems were renovated at a fraction of replacement cost and designed to work ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY425COST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation the new system.

Situated on a constricted parcel, the original building is tucked into a residential neighborhood with a horse farm and elementary school as context. The challenge was to not only respect the context, but also design a vehicular circulation in balance with pedestrian traffic. Because one of the planned access drives was never built, the main and rear entrances of the original building traded roles. This compounded the circulation confusion.

The renovation created an innovative architectural composition with the original building and additions. Distinctive building elements and materials break down the scale of the school and direct students to the lively main entrance. Sweeping curves unify new and existing elements, while defining the dynamic building forms. The need for uninterrupted visual access along the main building cross axis unifies the design and improves security.