Adams Central Elementary School

The project consists of an addition and renovation to an existing one-story, 200,000 sf kindergarten through 12th grade public school. A one-story, 25,600 sf masonry addition houses 14 new classrooms and a media center to meet the demands of steadily increasing elementary school student attendance. All new classrooms receive natural light and are designed to be consistent with the proportions of the existing classrooms. Locating administrative offices adjacent toa new school entrance, the addition also provides for increased school security. The new wing maximizes the potential for future growth on the site and defines an outdoor play area. The 25,000 sf of renovation includes expanding and centralizing the school's combination cafeteria and auditorium, improving the kitchen facilities, and reprogramming the existing classrooms for efficient use of the existing space. In the new 570-seat cafetorium location, the existing roof is raised to improve the design and function of the space for larger gatherings.

Year: 2003
Location: Monroe, Indiana
Area: addition 25,600 square feet, renovation 25,000 square feet

Key Features

elementary school addition and renovation
14 new classrooms
library/media center
2 computer labs
cafeteria/auditorium with stage
full service kitchen
faculty and administrative offices


2007 American School and University Educational Interiors Showcase, Outstanding Design Award
2005 Merit in Architecture Award, AIA Northeast Illinois
2004 Gold Medal Award, Association of Licensed Architects
2004 Outstanding Design Award, American School and University