LOCATION : Lafayette, Illinois
MARKET : Education
Lafayette School Corporation

Cordogan Clark provided facility assessment, programming, and design of new, renovated, and re-purposed spaces throughout the junior high school to transform the aging facility into a modern learning environment. The design incorporates input from a series of interviews the design team conducted with the administration and staff. The addition and renovations to the school greatly improve overall educational experience of the students. Lafayette School Corporation has a major initiative to support the Performing Arts at all their schools. Accordingly, this new addition features a much-improved facility, including classroom wing and practice rooms for Choir, Orchestra, and Band, for the Tecumseh Junior High students. The existing kitchen and cafeteria are extensively enlarged and remodeled, with large restrooms added near the main gymnasium and remodeled areas. Another important LSC initiative is the inclusion of Special Education classrooms in the mainstream academic areas of each school. Our design reflects this and unites the Special Ed classrooms on a central corridor system in the main academic wing. The new Special Ed classrooms feature natural light from large expanses of glazing, as well as independent and individual exits that open directly to the exterior, onto a large Outdoor Classroom specifically designed for their use. The exterior doors also allow these students, who can take more time than other students, to quickly and directly access their buses for transportation to and from the school. The Special Education classrooms include a teaching kitchen, restrooms, showers, and dedicated washer and dryer.