Higher Education and PreK-12
IGW led a team of architects and engineers in the planning, design and construction of the new Urbana Early Childhood School for the Urbana School District 116. Replacing a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, the new facility serves pre-kindergarten students between ages three and five including those with special education needs. The single-story, 41,000 square foot school is comprised of three discrete four-classroom “villages” organized around various shared program, administrative and other support spaces.
The new school is sited adjacent to the existing Prairie Elementary School and connected to it with a series of spaces co-used by both schools and the community at large. The 13,400 connecting addition includes three fine arts classrooms, a gymnasium with bleachers and stage, public entry and lobby.
The design incorporates numerous sustainable and high performance features including daylighting of classrooms and corridors, ground source heating and cooling, and other sustainable interior materials and finishes to provide an aesthetically and acoustically appropriate learning environment. The site features a canopied bus drop-off, secure outdoor play areas and is planned for two additional classroom villages to meet future needs.