In response to projected population growth and an aging facility, Wight was commissioned to prepare expansion feasibility studies for both Joliet THSD 204's West Campus and Central Campus. Joliet Central High School, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, was due for an upgrade to create a modern educational facility and an effective learning environment.

While remaining true to the original 1901 collegiate Gothic architecture of the school, Wight completed a Master Plan and provided a variety of design services for a multi-year expansion and renovation program. The development of the Master Plan engaged district officials, faculty, and staff to visualize a modernized facility that could serve future educational needs.

Following the completion of the Master Plan, Wight provided design and construction administration for several projects including a 43,000-sf Student Center and Galleria addition. The addition's focal point is a soaring structure of tubular steel that defines the Galleria—a space for students to study, socialize, and access student services. The addition includes a cafeteria, small group collaboration areas and meeting rooms, and restoration of the existing Joliet limestone wall that now serves as the interior wall of the Student Center.

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2017 Merit in Architecture, Preservation/Adaptive Reuse, American Institute ofA rchitects, NEI Chapter

2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award, Restoration, Landmarks Illinois

2017 Merit Award, New Construction, Suburbs, Chicago Building Congress

2016 Honorable Mention, Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments, Illinois Association of School Boards

2016 Best Projects Award, K-12 Education, ENR Midwest

2016 11th Annual Preservation Award, Joliet Historic Preservation Commission

2016 Award of Merit, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Best Project - $5M to $50M, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois