The opportunity to design and build Chiaravalle Montessori School’s North Wing with a flexible space to support the Montessori curriculum provided the school community a chance to dream about the ideal physical environment. Design drivers were developed with intense collaboration with students, faculty, parents and administrators in support of Maria Montessori’s philosophy “Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

The resulting LEED Platinum addition is a model for environmental responsibility for the school and Evanston community while providing endless learning opportunities for students. The project is believed to be the first LEED Platinum-registered Montessori school in the United States. Learn how the community-based planning process and Montessori principles served as a design catalyst that built an innovative, student-centered learning environment, celebrates the Chiaravalle community, and expresses ecological principles inherent in Montessori curriculum. The LEED Platinum design leverages sustainable systems strategies to reduce operational costs, provide a living-laboratory for education and hands-on learning experiences.

Stuart Brodsky from CannonDesign, and Robyn McCloud-Springer, Chiaravalle Montessori’s head of schools will speak on this topic at the November 2 – 4, 2-16, EDspaces conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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