Columbia Middle School

Columbia, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wm. B. Ittner, Inc.


    Columbia Unit 4 School District

  • AREA

    135,000 sq.ft.





The library is designed to serve as an exciting place for students to pursue their passion for learning. The unique design encourages student use by creating imaginative two-story spaces filled with natural light.

Students can peer easily into the library from various areas of the school allowing them to see their friends and more important, to be seen. Learning now ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMS.M. Wilson, Construction ManagerCOST PER SQ FT$163.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers seen as an exciting and acceptable activity for middle-school students, who are growing intellectually and socially. The visual connection to the library is created by having the school’s main circulation spine, referred to as the student street, slice through the two-story side of the library.

Exposed structural columns and beams create the scale necessary to develop a warm and inviting space. An array of carpet colors and patterns highlight specialized areas within the library, including those used for relaxed reading, group study and independent research. The combination of coffered ceilings with two-story pendant lighting provides clear indication of the organization of these spaces.