Legat Architects

“It’s an amazing piece of architecture that blends the architectural traditions of Glenbard West with a new, state-of-the-art learning environment.”

A Beloved Institution – Watch Video

District and school leaders discuss the addition’s advanced science spaces and its response to the existing historic structure.

“The community is very impressed by these state-of-the-art science labs configured with all of the most current features.”

Modern Science

The addition centralizes the science department and brings eight modern labs.


“The large hallways that connect the new and old buildings offer a great collaborative space. We find students there all day long.”


Collaboration Nodes

Light-filled zones called “collaboration nodes” support learning beyond the classroom and offer views of the Glenbard West campus.

Listen to the Building – Watch Video

Glenbard District 87 Superintendent David Larson and project designer Steve Blye discuss the expansion and how the team used masonry to respect the historic architecture of the existing building.


Green Roof

A green roof supports the earth sciences with maintenance-free vegetation, rainwater storage, and an herb garden managed by students with higher functioning cognitive disabilities.

“Education doesn’t start or stop when you walk into a classroom. The spaces encourage student interaction beyond the classroom.”


A staircase with views, natural light, and graphics connects the three-story addition.


“We’re proud of the work that Legat did with the design because it’s respectful of the historical nature of the campus, but it also provides some contemporary touches.”


The Castle on the Hill

Community members have long treasured Glenbard West as “The Castle on the Hill.” Designers selected materials to complement the Collegiate Gothic style of existing building, but also give the addition a more modern appearance.

Excellence in Masonry – Watch Video

This project received a Masonry Advisory Council Excellence in Masonry Award. Watch this video to learn more.