architect award

Centennial High School’s design architect, Perkins & Will, won the Award of Distinction of the Exhibition of Educational Environments from the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). The recognition was announced during the Triple I Joint Annual Conference.

 IASB identified Centennial’s renovation project as a complex addition/renovation doubling the footprint of the original 50-year-old building. The renovation included a complete remodel with these separate additions totaling more than 317,000 square feet. Site improvements include new turf athletic fields, a running track, grandstands, and concessions. The reconfigured drop-off sequence and new main student entry support a contemporary security sequence and create a welcoming school identity. The multi-million dollar phased construction work was completed on an active campus and spanned over three years. A cafeteria expansion with modern cooking zones supports student nutrition and accommodates future environments.

 IASB concluded that the completed project was a “wonderful complete transformation of the entire facility and campus. Very impactful. Shows a thoughtful vision for the future of the building and phased approach to achieve that vision economically.”