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High Schools

21st Century Learning

Designing 21st century learning environments for both new schools and renovations/additions to existing schools is an important focus of STR’s practice. In fact, the majority of our work involves the conversion of 20th century, K-12 schools into 21st century learning environments. In 21st century schools, learning happens everywhere. Flexible classrooms equipped with smart technology and moveable furniture allow teachers to reconfigure spaces according to lesson plans, and hallways and stairwells are informal collaboration zones. Dedicated classrooms, learning commons, and even cafeterias promote project-based learning, offering space for small and large groups to meet. STR’s designs emphasize thermal comfort, natural lighting, and indoor air quality to encourage student awareness, creativity, and interaction.

Woodlawn Middle School

  • Kildeer-Countryside CCSD 96
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Regular & Science Classrooms Additions/Renovations
  • Part of District-Wide Upgrade to 21st Century Learning Facilities

Tioga & W.A. Johnson Elementary Schools

  • Bensenville ESD 2
  • Bensenville, IL
  • Flexible areas between classrooms and common areas in each wing allow teachers to reconfigure the classroom for program needs and project-based learning.
  • Silver Award, Association of Licensed Architects
  • Citation of Excellence, Learning by Design

Wilmette Learning Commons

  • Wilmette PSD 39
  • Wilmette, IL
  • District-wide renovations of 20th century libraries into 21st century learning commons
  • Features include media rooms with green screens, presentation spaces, large and small group spaces, and individual learning spaces, such as reading nests, booth tables, and reading lounges

Lincoln Middle School

  • Schiller Park SD 81
  • Schiller Park, IL

Brookwood Middle School

  • Brookwood SD 167
  • Glenwood, IL
  • Classrooms with moveable furniture allow kids to create spaces for experience-based learning
  • Dedicated art room on first floor near entrance of school, prominently displaying students’ artwork

Wheeling High School

  • THSD 214
  • Wheeling, IL
  • State-of-the-art nanotechnology lab

University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Taft Hall Business Classrooms 100 & 120
  • Prototype classroom
  • T.E.A.L. (Technology Enhanced Active Learning Classroom)
  • Fully networked instruction podium
  • Fixed student tables and staggered tabletop height
  • Ability to share and project content