District 217 takes pride in creatively and economically maintaining its 1920s school building; it sees itself as a steward of the community’s resources, and has completed many renovation, expansion and life-safety projects.
The landlocked site has required creative solutions, such as situating a classroom addition on the roof of an COST PER SQ FT$74.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized one-story wing. Similarly, to control costs and allow shared use of facilities with the local park district, a 38,000-square-foot fieldhouse addition was built on a parking lot adjacent to the gym. The entrance allows evening entry for the community. Additionally, the design of the new fieldhouse allows an existing walkway to the athletic fields to remain uninterrupted.
Other recent work includes an eight-classroom addition, a 1,000-square-foot wellness center renovation, and band and choir room renovations. All work maximizes use of existing space and has incorporated technology upgrades.