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Once you step inside Sherlock Elementary School, you are
immersed in an innovative and unconventional learning
environment, designed to promote “learning everywhere”.
You are surrounded by unique spatial forms, vibrant and
fun finishes, and an abundance of transparency and natural
light. The transformative building design provides the tools
needed to support the development and success of faculty
and students, to further enhance this great community.

Sherlock Elementary, a new, 4-story school, provides a 21st century learning environment for 600 PK-6 students. The design showcases the transformative power of natural light with a perimeter glass-enclosed single-loaded corridor connecting stacked clusters of classrooms that surround informal learning/collaboration spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Sherlock’s 4th floor is an Exploratorium with a Media Center, STEM Lab, Maker Space, Art Room, and outdoor learning terrace. The 1st floor houses Pre-K/K classrooms, the cafeteria, and a gymnasium, which is also a community storm shelter. First floor spaces are used for a variety of community activities. FGM Architects designed/built Sherlock with its partner, Vision Construction, and extensive input from Cicero SD 99 officials. Together, the teams implemented a complex building program including the purchase of adjacent properties and environmental site remediation. This landmark learning environment will serve its community for generations.

Community Impact
Sherlock Elementary is a beacon of safety and opportunity. Its design incorporates 21st century learning pedagogy as well as state-of-art sustainable building standards. Its design reflects the community’s strong desire for a neighborhood school that children can walk to (lessening traffic congestion) and attend from pre-kindergarten through Grade 6. The ground floor design achieves the community’s “gathering place” vision with designated spaces that are accessible beyond the school day. The cafeteria and gym are deliberately adjacent so that adults can participate in learning activities in one space while their children are engaged recreationally next door. The school offers a forum for many activities ranging from informational sessions, computer and technology support, trainings and social gatherings for children and their families. The Sherlock site is environmentally remediated. Sustainable features include a green roof and permeable pavers to reduce water run-off.

“I could not be more
  pleased about the
  work that has been
  done within our
  District. There is so
  much pride that the
  children and the
  community have in
  their new school and
  the design allows
  students to fulfill their
Aldo Calderin,  Superintendent

Completed August 2019

Grades Served PK - 6

Site Size 1.08 Acres

Building Size 92,650 sf

Capacity 728 Students



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