Lincoln Middle School

Schiller Park, Illinois

  • FIRM

    STR Partners LLC


    Schiller Park School District 81

  • AREA

    91,956 sq.ft.





Constructed on a tight urban site, mere feet from the building it was to replace, the new Lincoln Middle School has a compact footprint that provides a progressive school layout while maximizing outside reading and group activity space.

The design process was collaborative and included input from community members, educators ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$213.95FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio students. An environmental emphasis, present in the school’s logo "Healthy Mind, Body and Earth," was extended through the use of natural copper, stone masonry and solar shading. An outdoor green rooftop classroom adjacent to the Learning Center creates a secure and flexible environment for multiple student activities.

Lincoln’s vertically organized design provides each of the three grade levels its own floor and dedicated commons area with soft, movable furniture. This commons area or "team living room" extends to an additional outside area or balcony, providing outdoor space for students’ project work, reading and social interactions.

In order to accommodate current and future teaching methods, classrooms, science and computer labs were designed to be versatile and flexible. Wheeled tables and chairs enable classrooms to transition easily from lecture to group activity formations. Teacher offices and smaller breakout areas are large glass rooms that convey accessibility and transparency.