Genoa-Kingston Middle School, 2003 Building Program

Genoa, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Bradley & Bradley


    Genoa-Kingston Community Unit School District #424

  • AREA

    32,500 sq.ft.





The design brief involved converting an outdated high school into a middle school.

The lobby needed a new identity in conjunction with an expanded administrative space. Working in a relatively small area, the architect carved out a new cohesive lobby from the administrative area. The new lobby defines a sense of arrival into a more memorable space, which allows for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$70.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation effective visual control.

The old agricultural department was converted into a hybrid commons/cafeteria space with a modernized kitchen. The old cafeteria was renovated into much-needed classroom space.

The new commons/cafeteria area is an uplifting space with generous daylight and a visual connection to the oak trees in the school’s “front yard.” A daylighting strategy was achieved with solar devices on the southern wall. Gleaming terrazzo floors further dignify the commons, which also will be used as a lobby during after-hour sporting events.