Deeper Understanding

To begin this process, the District commissioned a Kasarda Demographic Report. DLR Group then used the findings from that report to analyze each school and develop infographics that convey the enrollment trends and projections, the capacity of each building, and the gross square footage per student. In addition to analyzing school capacity, DLR Group also conducted a Facility Condition Assessment in search of items in need of repair or replacement. Another part of this phase was an assessment of the indoor environmental quality of each school.

Discover + Explore

Engaging in collaboration was critical in creating a reciprocally beneficial EFMP for the communities served by Barrington 220. Diverse voices gave input and collectively discovered opportunity, which ensured that the adopted master plan was empathetic, meaningful, and specific. Throughout the process, we gathered feedback and information from students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and members of the community at large through collaborative workshops, active dialogues, school tours, and community presentations that included live polling. Special sessions were held for athletics and fine and performing arts to specifically address the space needs at the middle and high schools.

Program + Conceptualize

For the remainder of the process, a Core Team of individuals from the District was selected to help use the information gathered from the “Deeper Understanding” and “Discover + Explore” phases to create a District-wide plan. Together with DLR Group and Pepper Construction, the Core Team conceptualized possible solutions for District 220. The collective innovation came alive through graphics, sketches, and virtual reality portrayals of key ideas and concepts for community information. This step was particularly important to convey complex ideas that required specific campus interpretations. Once we understood the outcomes of the first three phases, we could determine the best way to graphically convey our ideas.

Examples of ideation sketches generated during the brainstorming process.

Game Plan

A Special Board Meeting was held on October 25th, 2017, where the community at large was introduced to the ideas driving the concepts the Core Team had developed through a series of stations addressing different aspects of the process. BHS students performed in a self-written play about the day in the life of a Barrington student in 2027, Core Team members conducted information sessions about each of the four Teaching and Learning Priorities, and the community was invited to ask the Board and Core Team members questions about the process. From there, we kicked off community meetings at each school. In order to receive community input on the Level Diagrams, DLR Group and Core Team members presented the concepts together, offering architectural and educational insight into the process. From feedback we received through live polling, question and answer sessions, and “Big Idea” notecards, the Core Team had a better understanding of community values.