New Washington Elementary School

Schiller Park, Illinois


Schiller Park School District 81


18,306 sq.ft.

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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 facility needed to be a flexible 21st-century learning environment that encourages innovation and collaboration.

The referendum passed just as the Covid-19 pandemic was starting. The entire visioning and design process took place during the pandemic. The design team adapted to facilitating this essential and informative phase of the design process virtually through interactive and engaging meetings with a variety of stakeholders.

The central media center features a learning stair amphitheater for large group presentations. Multiple nooks and adjacent spaces provide access to differentiated learning. Quiet spaces accommodate personalized independent learning. A slide descends from the second to the first floor. It is a reminder that this is a place for children. It supports the vision for creating a playful, joyful and happy learning environment.

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Associated Firm

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

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Gold Citation

Featured in

2022 Educational Interiors Showcase

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Product suppliers specified

HVAC Units by Daikin
Kitchen Equipment by Garland
Kitchen Equipment by Advanced Tabco
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
Library/Media Center Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by V/S America
Office Furniture by HON
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Global Partitions
Athletic Equipment by Jay Pro
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