New Washington Elementary School

Schiller Park, Illinois


Schiller Park School District 81


17,840 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The Schiller Park School District passed a referendum in early 2020 to replace its existing 50+-year-old Washington Elementary School. Enrollment had increased by 33% since 2008, and the aging building was operating above capacity. The new space needed to be a flexible 21st-century learning environment that encourages innovation and collaboration.

Each learning neighborhood is a central, flexible learning hub surrounded by four learning studios. Learning studios are a more intimate version of homerooms for students. They feature a variety of flexible furnishings to support student choice and multiple modes of learning.

The learning hub is a flexible environment. The design supports project-based learning and maker space functions. The homerooms and learning hubs promote independence and student-centered learning. Transparency enhances the sense of connectivity prioritized during the visioning process.
An operable garage door between the learning hubs and media center enables learning to permeate into the heart of the school.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

WT Group; Pease Borst & Associates; Berg Engineering Consultants; Edge Associates; Hamilton AV Design; Soundscape; Hitchcock Design Group; Sam Schwartz Consulting; Schultz Squared Architects

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by nora systems, Inc.
Physical-Education Flooring by Gerflor Sports Flooring
Ceilings by CertainTeed
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Allegion
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Rockwood
Insulation by DuPont
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Johns Manville
Windows by Oldcastle Architectural
Windows by St. Cloud
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Mark Architectural Lighting
Cafeteria Furniture by AmTab Mfg
Classroom Furniture by National Office Furniture
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by HON
Office Furniture by National Office Furniture
Library/Media Center Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by V/S America
Office Furniture by HON
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Global Partitions
Athletic Equipment by Jay Pro
HVAC Units by Daikin
Kitchen Equipment by Garland
Kitchen Equipment by Advanced Tabco
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