In year 2012 the Johnsburg School District 12 Board of Education retained Gillespie Design Group to perform a Facility Assessment Study of the four educational buildings in the district.
The Facility Assessment proved to be a valuable tool for the School Board, providing a better understanding of the condition of the existing buildings and serving as a useful guide in making decisions related to planning and budgeting.
Eventually, it was instrumental in the decision to close James C. Bush Elementary School and add that student population to a newly configured 3-8 school building in the district.
Johnsburg, Illinois, was abuzz in year 2015/16, bringing an air of excitement to its High School renovation projects, featuring expansions, enhancements and improvements.
Additions of a new main entry, administration space, new classrooms, gymnasium and physical education area - coupled with site improvements encompassing all sides of the school - were what the community witnessed being constructed from the outside.
Nonetheless, to the delight of staff and students, every aspect of the interior was likewise affected - including the rebuilding of most of the academic wing, new cafeteria, kitchen and servery, and substantial work performed on HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems.
Gillespie Design Group formed a collaborative partnership with Ruck Pate Architecture in order to meet the unique objectives and goals of Johnsburg High School during this project, resulting in a completely updated facility of about 180,000 SF for a 900 student capacity.
The building formerly referred to as Johnsburg Junior High had quite a history, not just in terms of housing a variety of multiple grade levels over the years, but the building itself had been two independent schools as recent as year 2000.
The existing 116,000 SF multi-level structure was more akin to a collection of seven buildings, built mostly 40-50 years earlier, boasting independent HVAC systems, utility services, and other intricacies that would be revealed only with time and patience.
Mix in a desire to increase the school by two more grade levels, and about 55,000 SF, while maintaining independence between two separate but connected schools, and what emerges are the Johnsburg Junior High and Johnsburg Elementary Schools.
Gillespie Design Group formed a collaborative partnership with Ruck Pate Architecture in order to fulfill the vision set forth by the Johnsburg School District Board of Education during this project, resulting in a completely updated facility of about 170,000 SF for a 1,000 student capacity.
The two schools, Johnsburg Junior High and Johnsburg Elementary Schools, feature individual cafeterias that are combinable providing flexible multi-purpose space, new kitchen and serveries, new gymnasium, new administration areas, isolated student and visitor entrances, and a complete renovation of those intricate interior spaces.
The Johnsburg Elementary School functions completely independently during the school day so that Elementary School students remain independent from Junior High students. Along with new classrooms and small group spaces, a large exterior courtyard figures prominently in the Elementary School renovations.
Gillespie Design Group formed a collaborative partnership with Ruck Pate Architecture to provide design services for the Johnsburg Elementary School.
Recognizing that its district administration was located in extremely tight quarters, the Johnsburg District 12 School Board established a goal of relocating the Johnsburg District 12 Office to a practical sized and appropriately located space.
The space was determined to be on the second floor of an older section of the newly configured 3-8 building. This work was accomplished during the renovations, additions and upgrades to the Johnsburg Elementary and Johnsburg Junior High Schools.
Gillespie Design Group formed a collaborative partnership with Ruck Pate Architecture to help accomplish the goals involving the district office.
In 2016, the Johnsburg District 12 School Board retained Gillespie Design Group to serve as its architect for the improvements to its Ringwood School Primary Center, a Pre-K - 2 building of about 60,000 SF.
This work covered a variety of short, intermediate and long term district goals, addressing a number of concerns in the original 1961 portion of the school, but also improvements affecting the entire building - both interior and exterior - and site.