York High School

Elmhurst, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wight & Company

  • CLIENT

    Elmhurst Community Unit School District

  • AREA

    614,024 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $74,848,665.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2003

Providing a variety of learning environments was a pivotal goal. Instructional delivery styles varied significantly among academic subjects and faculty members. Requirements ranged from traditional lecture venues to team-teaching environments where multiple disciplines could interact.

The school district challenged the design team to “future-proof” the school with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMTera Byte, Ltd.COST PER SQ FT$153.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms to technology and educational flexibility. The robust infrastructure anticipates emerging technology trends. The choice of copper, fiber optic or wireless delivery to every learning environment was a fundamental component of the technology solution. The use of a steel structure rather than load-bearing partition construction, along with generous floor-to-floor heights, will allow unencumbered future reconfiguration of any classroom environment.

The existing high school was a collage of numerous additions wrapping around a 1920s core facility. Decades of patchwork modifications and shortsighted planning resulted in a dysfunctional campus incapable of modern educational delivery. The first step was to construct a new academic wing and selectively demolish the obsolete additions.