Heritage Middle School (Berwyn, Illinois)

Berwyn, Illinois


    South Berwyn School District 100

  • AREA

    82,800 sq.ft.





Space needs were met by regrading all schools to K-6 and building a 7-8 middle school. Lack of available real estate in the community required that it be added to an existing K to 6 school. The two grade centers would not share common spaces or administrative staff. A board-mandated two-story addition reflected the wishes of the school’s residential neighbors.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$104.48FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio covered the minimal available open land on two sides of the existing school. Space for play and parking was acquired by buying adjacent homes as they came on the market.

The architect, district and community members worked out programs and design responses. The resulting design references the adjacent residential architecture with sloped, shingled roofs and surface-applied gutters; mechanical rooms that occupy attic spaces; masonry bays; residentially scaled double-hung windows; horizontal banding to de-emphasize building height; and landscaping.

Classrooms are clustered around science rooms. Corridors, expanded to serve as gathering spaces, have arches for visual interest. Corridor walls have ample areas to display student work.

Photographer: ©Howard N. Kaplan/Kaplan Architectural Photography