White Oak Elementary School

Morris, Illinois


STR Partners LLC


Morris Elementary School District 54


189,000 sq.ft.

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White Oak fulfills the district’s wish to replace its three antiquated elementary schools with a single facility.
The schools-within-a-school design embraces three two-story wings. Lower floors house pre-K to 2. Second floors house grades 3 to 5. Colors and floor patterns define grades and reinforce group identity. Students stay within their houses except for visits to encore activities, library and cafetorium. The central library’s open, two-story space allows access from both levels. Houses back onto a secure bus dropoff.
An encore wing isolates noisy activities. Younger grades enjoy a smaller gym; a larger gym is for older students and the community. Also included are two music rooms, two art rooms and a 350-student cafetorium with full-service kitchen and double-sided stage. The wing allows separate community entry while maintaining security of academic areas.
Interior spaces are efficient, light-filled and vibrant. A sweeping curtainwall/canopy welcomes all.

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