Booker T. Washington STEM Academy

Champaign, Illinois / United States of America

Booker T. Washington STEM Academy is a LEED Gold 60,300 sf K-5, three-strand magnet elementary school accommodating 425 students. The school design forms a living laboratory for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) magnet curriculum.

The learning environment encourages students to ask questions and engage in activities with their teachers and peers to create a more engaging learning environment. The design solution integrates the building with the STEM curriculum through the use of collaborative project-based learning configurations, flexibility, graphics, and visible sustainable strategies.

The building design forms a living laboratory for the student's STEM education and provides spaces throughout the school for hands-on learning experiences focusing on problem-solving and learner-centered education. Academic communities, a STEM lab, and collaboration areas encourage students to ask questions and engage in activities with their teachers and peers, creating a STEM-centric learning environment where students gain the skills and abilities to think critically, solve complex problems, and understand advancements in science and technology.

Outdoor learning areas, native vegetation, and vegetable gardens foster a sense of environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle choices in the students, while providing an integrated approach to storm water management



Architect of record

Stuart Brodsky
CannonDesign
225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312-332-9600
sbrodsky@cannondesign.com

Associate architect

Robin Whitehurst
Bailey Edward
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312-789-4012
rwhitehurst@baileyedward.com

Photographer

James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, United States
Phone: 312-735-5333
james@steinkampphoto.com