Designing appropriately scaled facilities for a new educational model.

District-Wide Kindergarten Facilities
Valley View CUSD 365U
Bolingbrook & Romeoville, IL

Valley View School District (VVSD) in southwest suburban Chicago selected Wight & Company to design customized accommodations in all 12 of its elementary schools to accommodate an all-day kindergarten program that began in the 2012–13 school year. To make room for the new program, we worked with the District to put additions on nine schools and renovated three others. The additions were designed to keep the kindergarteners in the same zone of the school buildings. Inside the buildings, the rooms have a modern, casual look and are lively, stimulating environments that make ample use of daylighting. The classrooms are equipped with smart boards and wireless technology. Child-height casework creates opportunities for cubbies and bench seating to accommodate children’s private time.