Lincoln Middle School

Schiller Park, Illinois


STR Partners LLC


Schiller Park School District 81


91,956 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Constructed on a tight urban site, mere feet from the building it was to replace, the new Lincoln Middle School has a compact footprint that provides a progressive school layout while maximizing outside reading and group activity space.

The design process was collaborative and included input from community members, educators and students. An environmental emphasis, present in the school’s logo "Healthy Mind, Body and Earth," was extended through the use of natural copper, stone masonry and solar shading. An outdoor green rooftop classroom adjacent to the Learning Center creates a secure and flexible environment for multiple student activities.

Lincoln’s vertically organized design provides each of the three grade levels its own floor and dedicated commons area with soft, movable furniture. This commons area or "team living room" extends to an additional outside area or balcony, providing outdoor space for students’ project work, reading and social interactions.

In order to accommodate current and future teaching methods, classrooms, science and computer labs were designed to be versatile and flexible. Wheeled tables and chairs enable classrooms to transition easily from lecture to group activity formations. Teacher offices and smaller breakout areas are large glass rooms that convey accessibility and transparency.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Karndean
Flooring by Fritz Tile
Brick/Masonry by Belden Brick
Brick/Masonry by Endicott Tile
Brick/Masonry by Trenwyth
Cabinets by LSI Corp
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Doors by Steelcraft
Doors by Oshkosh Door
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Windows by Tubelite
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Bradley Corporation
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
Scoreboards/Clocks by Fair-Play Scoreboards
Draperies/Blinds by MechoShade
Lockers by Art Metal Products
Brick/Masonry by Renaissance Marble & Granite
Ceilings by Sky Factory
Insulation by Cavclear
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