Marlowe Heineman Middle School, Huntley CUSD 158

The phased addition at Marlowe Middle School, which increased the total student capacity to 1,500 students, is a response to the long-range plan for CUSD 158 accommodating rapid enrollment growth. After listening to the out of the box ideas and needs of district decision makers, the design translates possibilities into a tangible, effective plan for a school that alleviates current deficiencies and addresses potential.

Marlowe Middle School follows a house concept that allows interdisciplinary instruction with multiple staff in a smaller environment than traditional middle school models. This marks a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning. The old, departmental design required students to move throughout the building, while the house concepts have information traveling to students. The house concept gives students a greater sense of identity with their peers and staff, critical to their social and emotional development. Additionally, this program reduces congestion in circulation while providing maximum flexibility of space, intimately designed environments, and better supervision capabilities.