In Glenview, Illinois, the abandoned Naval Air Station site allowed the local school district and municipality to establish a concurrent long-range plan resulting in an unprecedented shared use of facilities. As a product of thoughtful and deliberate planning, the new middle school sits next to a community center, lake, and park amenities in a village park. The site itself has countless educational opportunities from environmental projects relating to the wetland expansion to beginner’s sailing classes as a creative Phys Ed component.
The school’s central atrium acts as a social hub and moves student traffic. Four academic neighborhoods cluster around a multi-resource learning center to enhance Attea’s curriculum of interdisciplinary project-based instruction. The facility also includes a fine arts wing with a band room, orchestral music room, large general music and double art room, and a generous drama room that demonstrates a commitment to the arts; a fieldhouse with divisible spaces to accommodate PE and special events; and joint amenities with the recreation center, including an outdoor amphitheater, several swimming pools, and aerobic and dance studios.