Mahomet-Seymour High School

Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3 | Mahomet, Illinois

A space utilization study of the existing 1922 high school revealed that 60% of the existing high school was not used, rarely used, or used under capacity.

The new high school addition provides spaces that are flexible and have more than one function. Moveable walls, reconfigurable furniture, shared faculty offices, and multi-functional spaces create a 21st century learning environment in a smaller footprint.

Collaboration and coming together was a major focus in the arrangement of the educational spaces. The learning environments extend out of the classrooms and into the lobby and corridor providing a full complement of learning settings, establishing a student-centered learning environment.

Features
  • 7 Classrooms
  • 4 Science Rooms
  • Expanded Administrative Areas
  • 39,000 Square Foot Field House
  • Weight Room
  • Locker Room
  • Band Room
  • Choral Room
Located in a small but rapidly growing community, Mahomet-Seymour High School received additions to accommodate an enrollment which had grown from 850 to 1,100 students.
Thinking BIG

Utilizing a design thinking process, BLDD worked with educators and the community to create conceptual spaces to solve the high school's existing problems. This led to a "hacked" environment, where prototyped rooms were then tested by students and faculty to gather feedback for the most effective, solutions-based designs to the new space.

Details that make a difference.

The original high school, constructed in 1980 using a pre-engineered metal building system, lacked character and identity.The placement of additions on the most visible south and west sides of the school provided opportunity to dramatically improve this perception.

While matching brick and roof slopes unite the additions with visible portions of the original school, a new massing vocabulary gives emphasis to the main entry, band room, weight room and field house entry on the school’s southern front facade.

Brick accent detailing and deep rib metal panels also contribute richness and strength.