Ridgewood High School, STEM Classroom Renovation

Norridge, Illinois

  • FIRM

    DLA Architects, Ltd.


    Ridgewood High School District 234

  • AREA

    7,100 sq.ft.





The renovated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab at Ridgewood High School focuses on project-based learning. Students plan, build and present their projects. The space provides variable learning and display areas that enable all students to benefit from the curriculum. With regard to learning styles and multiple intelligences, the open space enables ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$90.42FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms learners more flexibility in movement for the sake of learning. Visual learners are supported through greater technologies and the whiteboard wall; each intelligence/learning style now has the resources to support the style. 

The commons area, also renovated, is very similar in nature to the STEM lab. The open flexible plan with movable furniture not only enables students to use this space throughout the day, but also opens the arena to teacher collaboration. The space encourages inter-departmental collaboration and supports opportunities for integrated curriculum. 

The commons area has access to the outdoors, enhancing the collaborative abilities of all classes through the use of nature. The openness and flexibility of the learning space enables two different classes to collaborate at one time.