Thomas Middle School

Arlington Heights, Illinois

  • FIRM

    OWP/P Architects


    Arlington Heights School District 25

  • AREA

    118,000 sq.ft.





The need was typical, yet the challenge was exceptional. Upgrade a 1960s-era school for changing educational concepts, expanding for increasing enrollment, and achieving consensus on a building solution to meet the educational program and budget, while allowing construction work to keep pace with a new school already underway.

The architect introduced an accelerated ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$96.43FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio process, kicked off by a two-day planning charette to set goals, priorities and budgets. Working with the design/build contractor, design and construction was completed in 20 months.

The solution will accommodate current and future programs and technology, obtaining maximum value from the existing facility. The extensive renovation and expansion also provides equity with the new middle school in the district.

The school was reorganized into two distinct areas. In one area academic teams have equal access to new science rooms, computer labs and the learning center. Another area unifies specialized learning and exploratory spaces used by students. Most importantly, the plan creates areas for integrated instruction and planning team activities, including flexible classrooms and small-group spaces.

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