Eisenhower High School

Decatur, Illinois

  • FIRM

    BLDD Architects


    Decatur Public School District #61

  • AREA

    240,663 sq.ft.





The district conducted a community engagement process to determine how best to meet the educational aspirations of the community. The outcome was to completely "reinvent" the current high school, and public approval of the plan was granted through passage of a County Wide Sales Tax referendum.

There were three primary goals for the design: The first ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$162.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation to develop an environment that supports student achievement using “Evidence Based Design.” The solution was developed by assembling components/approaches that have a data-driven, documented ability to positively influence student achievement.

The second goal was to develop a student-centered environment that engages students in learning. This environment is technology rich and accommodates a variety of educational deliveries to meet individual learning styles. Flexible spaces allow individual research, collaborative work, and project-based learning.

The third goal was to create an environment that facilitates educational excellence. By creating four small learning communities, each with its own Assistant Principal and offices, there is distributed leadership and support. Teachers’ offices grouped around small learning community commons provide opportunities for instructional mentoring.