Willow Springs Elementary School

Willow Springs, Illinois

  • FIRM

    ARCON Associates

  • CLIENT

    Willow Springs School District 108

  • AREA

    61,550 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $5,991,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2005

The Willow Springs School had outgrown its existing facility. The 1913 and 1955 wings of the building were in need of major structural, mechanical and technological upgrades. The district demolished the existing wings and constructed a new kindergarten/early-childhood wing, library and administrative office complex. It also renovated the balance of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$97.34FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio building’s lighting, ventilation and technology systems.

The exterior of the new office complex reflects the design vocabulary of the existing 1970s structure, and the curvature of the wall softens the existing stark, rigid lines. The library’s reading tower separates the office complex from the library’s facade, which is glazed and in total contrast to the existing building.

A critical aspect of the library design was to create a contemporary space with visual accessibility to the surrounding neighborhood. The wood structure creates a connection to the large oak trees surrounding the school, and creates a warm and inviting space to gather and study. The south-facing clerestory windows flood the library with diffused natural light. The library is organized into five areas: a reading tower, book stacks, class instruction, computer lab and technology lab.