Sauk Elementary Addition

Matteson School District 162, a south suburban Chicago School District, asked ARCON to develop a design for a new entrance, main administration office, and multipurpose room for the existing Sauk Elementary School. The existing administration office layout was inefficient and the school had out-grown the space. Also, the existing entrance was obscure and visitors were not able to identify the main entrance. Most importantly, the existing main entrance did not provide multiple layers of security for the school’s point of control.

In addition to the functional requirements identified by the district, ARCON was asked to create an entrance that would have the “WOW effect” they were looking for. The administration requested a design that the students and faculty could be proud of, and could further strengthen the school pride. ARCON provided the district with three-dimensional images laying out numerous options, until the design achieved the desired goal.

This new addition addresses all the needs and concerns identified by the district as well as providing a landmark that the students, faculty, alumni and neighborhood residents are proud of. There is no mistaking the main entrance. The curved canopies, American flag, steel trellis and two-story curtain wall entry vestibule with the district’s logo in terrazzo, is unmistakable. The new secure entry layout provides state-of-the-art control for screening of visitors to the main office while maintaining a welcoming sense


Matteson ESD 162


Matteson, IL


7,900 SF Addition / 1,100 SF Renovation

Grades / Capacity

4-6 / 450 Students

General Contractor

A.J. Maggio Co.


August 2009


IASB Educational Environments Exhibition