Ben-Gil Elementary School

Gillespie, Illinois

Mine subsidence destroyed the seven-year old elementary school in Benld, Ill., by removing the very earth beneath it. The order to G&H was, "rebuild our school, make it safe, and have it meet Gold LEED standards."


G&H's forward-thinking design and solution to challenging subsidence issues commanded more than $1.1 million in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$204.27FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio for the project from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The single-story radial layout contains 33 standard classrooms, separate music and art spaces, and a centralized media center.


The bright new Ben-Gil Elementary School features an impressive array of energy conservation features including a geothermal HVAC system, LED light fixtures and natural daylighting in all classrooms, and a 50kW demonstration photovoltaic system. In addition to bringing energy efficiency to the school and district, these features serve as learning tools for the pre-K through 5th grade students at Ben-Gil. The new, state-of-the-art building also hosts a full-size gym and a stage for both elementary and high school use.