Galesburg School District 205’s goal for this project was to bring their century old building up-to-date with new educational facilities.
The design team analyzed existing building conditions, facilitated public meetings and provided design options to upgrade the existing structure that exceeded the expectations of the board, faculty, staff, teachers, parents and students. During the programming phase, it was agreed that the school’s traditional character should be respected, but the technology of current teaching environments should also be highlighted. Following multiple public meetings, a scheme was agreed upon that met the district’s budget and the stakeholder’s needs. As part of the renovation the exiting non-descript entry was upgraded to include a 35 foot tall space with skylights and floor to ceiling glass, appearing modern within the framework of a nearly 100 year old structure.
The renovated school includes:
James Kemper served as the Lead Designer for this project while working at Dewberry.