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New Knoxville High School wins Outstanding Project Award


Fri, October 16, 2015

The new Knoxville (Ill.) High School has received an Outstanding Project Award in Learning By Design's 2015 Awards of Excellence competition. KJWW provided MEP and fire protection design as well as construction administration services for the $26-million project encompassing a 128,400-square-foot addition and an 11,750-square-foot renovation.


Completed in 2014, the high school was built around the existing gymnasium, which was remodeled. The new school includes classrooms, offices, an auditorium, kitchen, cafeteria, greenhouse and support spaces. The open dining area is situated between the administrative offices and the auditorium, which features retractable walls that can be left open to create a dynamic environment for a variety of events and uses.


The high school was designed for project-based learning and the educational needs of modern culture. The classrooms are divided into areas relevant to invention or project-based learning. Within each academic section, an open area, encircled by the classrooms, offers a different lab or commons, where students can work independently of class or on cross-curricular projects.


The modified Jensen gymnasium includes a two-story addition, adjusted bleachers and east side support space.


The mechanical system features a geothermal heating and cooling system, with a 200-ton geothermal bore field installed underneath the baseball field. The project also included installation of an emergency 125 kW generator, fire pump, and fiber optic relocation.


Read the Learning By Design feature.