Gothic Revival

100-year-old high school gets a contemporary facelift from Wight & Company

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(Paul Schlismann Photography)
(Paul Schlismann Photography)

Darien, Illinois-based Wight & Company has recently finished a 43,000-square-foot addition for Joliet Township High School campus.

Joliet, a city about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, is the fourth largest city in Illinois, and the town’s high school campus was in need of updates and space. Wight’s design added an expansive student center, a dining facility, multi-purpose areas, and an elevator to improve ADA accessibility to the four story building. The campus as a whole is comprised of four main academic buildings, which serve approximately 2,600 student.


The school’s cafeteria was moved from the fourth floor to the ground, and designed to be more open and efficient. (Paul Schlismann Photography)

The most distinguishing portion of the new design is a 50-foot-tall glass curtain wall atrium, which now encapsulates a 1901 gothic-revival facade. The space houses the schools new main entry and provides students with a place to work, congregate, and access student services.


The soaring new atrium is a new face for the school, and provides a bright common space for students to gather. (Paul Schlismann Photography)

“The architecture team envisioned a space that would serve as the heart of the school, connecting the new with the old,” explained Kevin Havens, director of design for Wight, in a press release “Our atrium design references elements of the Collegiate Gothic style of this landmark building, but does so in a modern way that is light and airy.”

Wight acted as designers, Architect of Record, structural engineers, MEP engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects on the project.

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