Oswego East High School

Oswego, Illinois

Situated in what the U.S. Census Bureau has identified as the second-fastest-growing county in the United States, this high school was designed to meet the educational and cultural demands of a rapidly expanding student population and its surrounding community. It accomplishes these goals through a flexible, sustainable design that melds energy-efficient systems with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$112.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio that maximize curriculum integration and community use.

A 20,000-square-foot, three-story central commons serves as the school’s social nexus and as an elegant community event room. Adjoining the commons are a 1,000-seat theater and performing-arts wing; a sports complex that houses two gyms; a 220-meter track; a competition pool; dance room; exercise rooms; a community meeting room with adjacent commercial kitchen; and two three-story classroom wings.

Energy savings are realized through a low-temperature air-handling system that uses fabric ducts and heat-pipe technology, extensive daylight harvesting and an automated system that controls lighting.