Community Input and Legacy Influence Elementary School Design
CannonDesign is currently engaging with Burbank School District 111, a Pre K-8 public school district located in Burbank, IL, to plan for the new ground-up K-6 Luther Burbank Elementary School that will replace the existing school on the same site. With an enrollment of 560 students, the new school is anticipated to be approximately 83,000 SF. From the beginning of our engagement with the District, there has been a strong dialogue about creating shared learning areas that promote student collaboration. The District is committed to a meaningful engagement with the public and the school community to design a state-of-the-art 21st Century school that is based on best practices and provides flexibility for the future of learning.
Luther Burbank has come to be an important figure for both the school and the community named after him. A pioneer and an innovator, Burbank developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over a 55-year career. It is his inquisitive spirit and desire to create positive change that the District and the community hope to capture in this new school and pass down to the students as the legacy of Burbank. CannonDesign is currently developing ideas to incorporate elements of horticulture into the architecture and curriculum of the new school to inspire a new generation of creators and discoverers.