Elgin Academy, Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science and Fine Arts Center Project

Elgin, Illinois

  • FIRM

    DLA Architects, Ltd.


    Elgin Academy

  • AREA

    41,380 sq.ft.





The Rider Family Media, Science and Fine Arts Center is a contemporary counterpoint to Elgin Academy’s historic campus. On a remediated brownfield, the site provides enclosure to the campus. Facing the quad, the facility respects the height and massing of the existing traditional campus architecture, while ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$232.97FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio outward-facing facade reacts to the vitality of the adjacent urban corridor. Reflecting green/sustainable design principles, it is LEED registered with a certification goal of gold.

Integral to the design was the decision to create a high-performance, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible educational facility providing students with a healthful, innovative educational experience. The consolidation of the high school math, science and visual/performing-arts programs within the facility has encouraged interdepartmental student and facility planning/interaction; the new student commons serves as the catalyst. Furthermore, the sustainable principles incorporated into the design are being incorporated into Elgin Academy’s curriculum.

Joint community use is another component of the building’s program. The new building also is home to the Elgin OPERA, Elgin Theater Company and other community groups.