Naperville Central High School, Additions and Renovations

Naperville, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Wight & Company


    Naperville Community Unit School District 203

  • AREA

    465,000 sq.ft.





Naperville Central High School is a multiphase rebuilding effort structured to transform an outdated facility into a vibrant, state-of-the-art learning environment. At 465,000 square feet, the design of this renovated and expanded school addressed four core challenges: 1) expanded the facility within the limited available footprint, 2) improved circulation routes and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,500COST PER SQ FT$165.00CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation throughout the school, 3) reorganized the site to improve vehicular movement and student safety on a severely constrained site, and 4) created a facility to accommodate diverse teaching methods in a learning environment.


By repositioning site access points and separating parent and bus loading zones, traffic patterns were simplified, student safety was increased, available parking was expanded and vehicular congestion was relieved. Reusing the existing infrastructure and infilling the courtyard maintained the original building's façade inside the dramatic new student commons and atrium. The project included the relocation and expansion of science laboratories, modernizing and increasing the number of general education classrooms, and creating casual instructional venues throughout the building to support a variety of teaching and learning modalities. Classrooms are technology-infused environments suited to innovative academic activities and are equipped with a smart board, wireless technology, and LCD projector and speaker systems with provisions for future expansion of educational technology.