LOCATION : Summit, Illinois
MARKET : Education
AREA : >50,000 SQ FT
Argo Community High School District 217

Argo Community High School has provided the Village of Summit high level educational services for the past ninety years. During this time, the campus building has undergone several expansions to accommodate the growing community and student enrollment, now numbering 1,750 students. Our Master Planning Study of the campus preceded a general remodeling that was able to capture many efficiencies. The Science Department, for example, was spread throughout the building, without good access to storage, preparation space, or expansion space for new curricula. The last prior renovation of the Science Department was in 1967, and the teaching environment was constrained. Our design efficiently combines all the Science Department functions into a single "Science Wing." This included the renovation of 17,800 SF to create 11 dedicated science labs designated for specific curricula, such as Physics, Chemistry, General Sciences, and Forensics. It also addressed needs for a growing Science curriculum that included specific lab layouts, integration of new technology, and safe preparation and storage areas. The renovation was constrained by the footprint of the existing building and had to be completed in 42 days during a single summer. Construction of the Science Wing required relocating various other classroom spaces. Through the Master Planning Study, a solution was found that successfully relocated all users with equal or better spaces within the existing footprint of the building while providing the additional area needed to achieve all the goals established in the Program. The construction time of 42 days was a major challenge, but our Construction Management team was continually present to address issues in the field and prevent delays. The project was successfully completed on time and on budget and opened the first day of Fall semester classes.