The existing A. Vito Martinez Middle School facility, constructed in the 1970’s, lacked an infrastructure to serve today’s teachers and learners. Complicating the delivery of educational programs was the very rigid and inflexible geometry of the existing floor plan and structure. The classrooms had very limited capability for flexible instruction, alternative lab furniture arrangement, and building systems components. Without substantial reinvestment in the infrastructure backbone and a reconfiguration of the building plan, the environment would remain compromised for future learning opportunities. The renovations work was to be carefully phased to allow the school to remain fully operational during construction.
Additionally, the Valley View School District desired consolidation of their early childhood program into a single central facility using an existing, completely remodeled elementary school.
The renovated school features a learning atmosphere that supports the middle school team teaching platform. We created functional grade level cores within the existing building footprint. These distinct grade-level cores house sixth, seventh and eighth grade learners, and nourish an environment that encourages cross-over learning opportunities between subject matter, as well as fostering an understanding of connectivity and relationships in the world experienced during adolescent years.
- 2007 Award of Merit, Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments, Illinois Association of School Boards