Benet Academy, a Catholic, Benedictine, college preparatory high school in Lisle, Illinois, is home to more than 1,000 students. With a growing student population, the school needed better flow between the two main areas of the campus. They also wanted additional multipurpose spaces to use for various functions—spaces that would also serve as connection points for students.
In this 33,000-square-foot addition, Aspen designed and developed unique solutions for Benet. One of the new features is a spacious common area for students to develop relationships, known as the Heritage Gallery. This new collaboration space offers a designated area to tell Benet Academy's story, featuring timelines and significant moments in the school's history. The space features large, arched windows that flood the room with natural light. Students can gather in groups or take the stairway to the upstairs Library & Collaboration Center, where they can continue their study and research.
The 5,100 sq. ft. library includes a clean, fresh design with updated technology and TVs to accommodate presentations. Students can study independently or use the space to collaborate together in groups.
The addition also features a new corridor linking their east and west campuses, with a seamless interplay between buildings. The courtyard incorporates a curving labyrinth design within the pavers, which honors the school’s Catholic faith tradition. The design of this space provides students with an area for prayer and reflection.