Geneseo High School

Geneseo CUSD #228 | Geneseo, Illinois
<h2>Geneseo High School</h2>

Through renovations and an addition to a 1950s-era building on a tight city footprint, we developed an engaging, innovative and inviting high school, focused on providing modern facilities to support digital learning, academic achievement and fine arts and athletic excellence. While the student population was highly achieving, the existing school did not reflect the student merit.

​The greatest challenge was to achieve shared spaces that would help dissimilar programs excel beyond their current capacity without reducing effectiveness of competing needs. The team's deep understanding of these needs allowed space to be sized and equipped accordingly, rather than relying on general spaces which serve all less adequately.

  • 15% Program Area Increase with only 5% New Square Footage
  • Flexible Spaces
  • Safety Features
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Athletic Upgrades: synthetic-turf football field, 8-lane all-weather track, 2,500-seat grandstand bleachers with press box, concessions building, main football field entry
  • Honorable Mention, Exhibition of Educational Environments: IASB/IASA/IASBO 2018 Conference
  • 2019 "Best Communities for Music Education"​National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
The Challenge

Limited by the small site footprint, administrators feared improving the existing outdated and insufficient structure was impossible.

The Solution

Through the power of creative design, Geneseo HS received a safe and secure entry, maker's space, concert hall, athletic updates and more.

"Being able to address issues in many different areas — fine arts, athletics, academic and administrative — has prepared the district to adapt with ever-changing student needs over the next 30-plus years."

- Dr. Adam Brumbaugh, Superintendent​

The power of performance and the spirit of teamwork.

The spirit of teamwork and fundamental arts education have transformed a dated environment into a home for powerful performance in academics, athletics and fine arts. The Front Entry Lobby offers a space that feels welcoming and secure. The Maker’s Space provides a flexible learning space that encourages project-based learning in 2D and 3D arts. The Lobby and Info Commons encourage collaborative learning within a blend of traditional and technologically advanced spaces. The Concert Hall spotlights student learning through performance.

Poised for improved performance, student-athletes alongside musicians and spectators can now enjoy a new synthetic-turf football field, 8-lane all-weather track, a 2,500-seat grandstand bleachers with press box, a new concessions building and a main football field entry with pedestrian plaza.