LearningSCAPES Tour #4  –  12:00 pm – 5:30 pm*

*approximate ending time

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***Please note: for security measures photos of students are not allowed during the tour. ***

Tour A length: 30 minutes

Sunset Ridge School

525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield IL

Tour Leader:
Dr. Ed Stange Sunset Ridge School District 29

Description:
Sunset Ridge School: The new Sunset Ridge School is a story of connectedness – a school for students with unique developmental stages spanning grades 4 – 8. The new 73,000 square foot school was built next to the original school – which included the community’s original 1930’s two room school house – creating a complexity that had to be resolved without compromising the vision. The solution’s guiding theme: from me, to we, to community helped shape the solution. Feature elements of the school include a multi-functional performance and dining space known as the Village Square and unique learning neighborhoods with grade-level living rooms appropriate to students ages 9 – 13. Furniture was a major design element to support all types of learning and ages. Sustainability was also a major goal – the project has achieved LEED Platinum while continuing to work on a Net-Zero designation. Sustainability is also deeply embedded as learning elements into the school. And that old 1930’s two room school house has been carried forward and celebrated in the new school in unique ways.

Tour B length: 60 minutes

New Trier High School – Winnetka Campus

385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka IL

Tour Leader:
Dr. Paul Sally New Trier Township High School District 203

Description:
The addition at the Winnetka Campus of New Trier High School was the result of a belief that being one of the top public high schools in the country was not good enough. The high school knew it had to evolve to keep its edge and to meet the high expectations of its community and alumni. The school sought to modernize a portion of its aging campus that had become a major impediment to learning and inconsistent with their stature. Constructed in two phases by carving out a significant portion of the building footprint, the 275,000 square foot, $103M building program replaced three adjacent buildings from 1912, 1931, and 1950 that were among the most inefficient, inaccessible, and obsolete on the campus. Key design elements include a series of interconnected Applied Arts suites including a Fabrication Lab, Transportation Studio, Innovation Engineering Center, and a Project Playground. A new Library and Cafeteria, connected through an internal learning stair and Library Commons, provide an integrated environment for student dining, group work and social learning. A new central, 4-story atrium transitions the existing and new buildings while providing opportunities for community gathering and group learning opportunities. On the exterior, a new north entrance provides a modern interpretation of the iconic Tower Building at the school’s historic main entrance. The result is collegiate like learning experience for students. This tour stop would be nicely combined with Sunset Ridge School which is being submitted separately and less than 10 minutes from New Trier High School. New Trier is a very large addition and would definitely require more time to tour than Sunset Ridge School. As mentioned on the Sunset Ridge learning tour proposal – the historic Crow Island School is directly in between these two schools.

Tour C length: 30 minutes

Chiaravalle Montessori School, New Wing Addition

425 Dempster Street, Evanston IL 60201

Tour Leader:
Beth Caldwell Chiaravalle Montessori

Description:
Winner of the 2017 John N. Shaw Award, Chiaravalle Montessori School’s North Wing Addition transitions 21st century Montessori learning into action, embodying Maria Montessori’s concept of free activity within a “prepared environment” tailored to specific characteristics of children. Tour participants will see how a 60-year-old gymnasium wing was transformed into a new 19,000 sf addition that now serves as a central hub connecting spaces within the school.     The North Wing features a spacious and welcoming main entrance, parent cafe and adjacent central gathering space (The Hub) that strengthen school/community sense by providing comfortable spaces for parents and students to linger. A drama studio and another movement and music studio expand the school’s creative and performing arts offerings. The gymnasium accommodates multiple functions simultaneously. The library, Think Thank, a Global Learning Lab and a Da Vinci Workshop integrate art and design with the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.   The facility also features sustainable and cost-effective design that make it one of the notable projects recognized in USGBC’s 2016 Top 10 States for LEED (and LEED Platinum certified). These include roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, low-VOC materials and abundant natural lighting.

Tour D length: 45 minutes

Crow Island

1112 Willow Rd,Winnetka, IL 60093

Tour Leader:
Lindy Schmidt Crow Island School

Description:
Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL has been widely recognized as the first modern school house. In the years leading up to the design of Crow Island, the architects and educators engaged in a series of conversations that changed how we imagine schools. This internationally renowned school has succeeded in responding to the educational needs of successive generations of children through all the many changes that have occurred since 1940 because the fundamental design philosophy of attending to the realities of child development has remained valid over time. Designated a national historic landmark in 1990, and recently equipped with custom made furnishings by VS America, Crow Island School still has plenty of lessons to teach us as we explore the important connections between the design of space and learning. Additional parking is available on Berkley Ave and Glendale Ave. Do not park in the drop off circle.

Explore a national landmark school that continues to operate as a public school after almost 80 years.

LU 2.5

 

Sunset Ridge School

Abstract:   Sunset Ridge School: The new Sunset Ridge School is a story of connectedness – a school for students with unique developmental stages spanning grades 4 – 8. The new 73,000 square foot school was built next to the original school – which included the community’s original 1930’s two room school house – creating a complexity that had to be resolved without compromising the vision. The solution’s guiding theme: from me, to we, to community helped shape the solution. Feature elements of the school include a multi-functional performance and dining space known as the Village Square and unique learning neighborhoods with grade-level living rooms appropriate to students ages 9 – 13. Furniture was a major design element to support all types of learning and ages. Sustainability was also a major goal – the project has achieved LEED Platinum while continuing to work on a Net-Zero designation. Sustainability is also deeply embedded as learning elements into the school. And that old 1930’s two room school house has been carried forward and celebrated in the new school in unique ways.

 

New Trier High School – Winnetka Campus

Abstract:   The addition at the Winnetka Campus of New Trier High School was the result of a belief that being one of the top public high schools in the country was not good enough. The high school knew it had to evolve to keep its edge and to meet the high expectations of its community and alumni. The school sought to modernize a portion of its aging campus that had become a major impediment to learning and inconsistent with their stature. Constructed in two phases by carving out a significant portion of the building footprint, the 275,000 square foot, $103M building program replaced three adjacent buildings from 1912, 1931, and 1950 that were among the most inefficient, inaccessible, and obsolete on the campus. Key design elements include a series of interconnected Applied Arts suites including a Fabrication Lab, Transportation Studio, Innovation Engineering Center, and a Project Playground. A new Library and Cafeteria, connected through an internal learning stair and Library Commons, provide an integrated environment for student dining, group work and social learning. A new central, 4-story atrium transitions the existing and new buildings while providing opportunities for community gathering and group learning opportunities. On the exterior, a new north entrance provides a modern interpretation of the iconic Tower Building at the school’s historic main entrance. The result is collegiate like learning experience for students. Understand why an established high-achieving school felt the need to evolve to remain successful.

 

Chiaravalle Montessori School, New Wing Addition

Abstract:   Winner of the 2017 John N. Shaw Award, Chiaravalle Montessori School’s North Wing Addition transitions 21st century Montessori learning into action, embodying Maria Montessori’s concept of free activity within a “prepared environment” tailored to specific characteristics of children. Tour participants will see how a 60-year-old gymnasium wing was transformed into a new 19,000 sf addition that now serves as a central hub connecting spaces within the school.     The North Wing features a spacious and welcoming main entrance, parent cafe and adjacent central gathering space (The Hub) that strengthen school/community sense by providing comfortable spaces for parents and students to linger. A drama studio and another movement and music studio expand the school’s creative and performing arts offerings. The gymnasium accommodates multiple functions simultaneously. The library, Think Thank, a Global Learning Lab and a Da Vinci Workshop integrate art and design with the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.   The facility also features sustainable and cost-effective design that make it one of the notable projects recognized in USGBC’s 2016 Top 10 States for LEED (and LEED Platinum certified). These include roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, low-VOC materials and abundant natural lighting. Describe core principles of Montessori teaching and curriculum.

 

Crow Island

Abstract:   Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL has been widely recognized as the first modern school house. In the years leading up to the design of Crow Island, the architects and educators engaged in a series of conversations that changed how we imagine schools. This internationally renowned school has succeeded in responding to the educational needs of successive generations of children through all the many changes that have occurred since 1940 because the fundamental design philosophy of attending to the realities of child development has remained valid over time. Designated a national historic landmark in 1990, and recently equipped with custom made furnishings by VS America, Crow Island School still has plenty of lessons to teach us as we explore the important connections between the design of space and learning. Explore a national landmark school that continues to operate as a public school after almost 80 years.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how space and furniture can impact both the academic and social/emotional development of students.
  2. Discover what it takes to achieve a Net-Zero building design in northern Illinois’ challenging climate.
  3. Learn how the complexities of phasing construction around education created new, unimagined opportunities to maximize space and inspire learning.
  4. Explain how community and family can enrich the curriculum and student experience, and how a building design can respond to these needs through agile learning space.

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