Metea Valley High School is a new high school design for 3,000 students in suburban Chicago. The design provides the flexibility to support a multitude of teaching/learning concepts such as school-within-a-school, multi-grade level houses, or block scheduling.
To support the core instructional areas, within each wing is a unique consolidation of administration offices, student lockers, vertical circulation, teacher planning centers, and resource areas creating a think tank type environment for academic exploration, tutorial, and socialization.
A media center, forum rooms, and check-out computer labs connect the two wings. The spaces that make up this connection are flanked on each side by two courtyards. These courtyards expose the building core to natural light, allow for secure outdoor dining, create an interior sculpture garden, and provide southern exposure for a greenhouse and rooftop garden.