Central Lee Community School District is updating its high school and K-8 building to foster a culture where “all students are expected to achieve a better tomorrow.” The high school portion of the project includes a gymnasium, music wing, administrative suite, cafeteria, commons, and courtyard. Grades K-8 components upgrade an administrative suite, entry concourse, and preschool suite.
The exterior of the high school is composed of a simple balance of metal cladding with clear and translucent windows. Corrugated and flat insulated metal panels work together to ground the building between the adjacent highway 218 and an expanse of surrounding cornfields. Translucent glazing provides natural lighting into the gymnasium, music room and locker rooms during the day, and illuminate the building during school activities during the night. The exterior of the K-8 building consists of insulated metal panels and clear windows which give administrators passive security to the building entrance.