Argo High School, Richard & Sharon Portillo Performing Arts Center

Summit, Illinois

  • FIRM

    DLA Architects, Ltd.


    Argo Community School District 217

  • AREA

    37,383 sq.ft.





Associated firms: Threshold Acoustics LLC (Acoustical and Audio/Visual Consultant), Pease/Borst & Associates LLC (Structural Engineer), Berg Engineering Consultants, Ltd. (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection Engineers), W-T Engineering, Inc. (Civil Engineer)

For years, Argo High School’s Performing Arts Department contorted itself to fit its ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$432.00FEATURED IN2018 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms curriculum into an antiquated space. Multiple options for renovation were considered, but the choices were limited in a multistory building that is almost a century old. Simply addressing life safety and accessibility issues consumed much of the budget. Creating a massive addition on the crowded and landlocked urban site seemed impossible.
The innovative solution minimized site disruption by connecting the addition with a bridge. This design provides students a secure, indoor route to the rest of the building.
The addition made it possible to meet educational program goals and stay within budget. Large windows throughout the facility provide plenty of natural light. Views from the common spaces into classrooms and practice rooms place learning on display. Students have an array of breakout spaces in which to collaborate.
The 450-seat auditorium is intimate. The acoustics provide a superior experience for both performers and spectators.