The Genoa-Kingston School District, situated about 35 miles west of the Chicago suburbs, felt the influences of rapid growth in the area. Increasing enrollment brought about the need for a new high school to accommodate growth and address program needs.
The building serves as a center of learning and community activity. The planning included information gathering, CAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$126.78FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio included input from all potential stakeholders and users, including diverse community groups, staff and students. This information evolved into a solution with spaces designed for joint community and school use, including a room used for a variety of community functions as well as board of education meetings.
The building is organized around a commons serving several functions. It can serve as a cafeteria, auditorium lobby and gymnasium lobby, and can accommodate numerous community/school-related activities. A large main street corridor connects the entire school, allowing easy transitions between classes or activities. The new school/community theater, IMC and gymnasium with running/walking track are adjacent to the main street to allow for community use.