By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE
With funding from the Roxana Schools Foundation through a $50,000 donation from Shell Oil Co., a modern multipurpose student center now occupies Roxana High School’s former cafeteria.
Louer Facility Planning Inc., of Collinsville, transformed the space from a stereotypical 1940s-era school cafeteria into a much more inviting and useful space without making any changes to the architectural footprint.
The facility now provides a unique and special place for students to engage, study, and learn with six distinctive zones designed for more interactions among students and staff.
“We were very mindful in selecting items that were well-priced and of good value, yet offered the functionality and the durability that was needed and would be fun both in terms of color and design,” firm President Jane Louer said.
The new areas include student lounge area and art display niche, a collaborative area with the latest technology and tools, a projection area for classroom and faculty use, as well as a quiet study area.
“The multipurpose center’s design brought in several different tones of laminate and wood, with warm and inviting finishes that were also very durable. The school’s colors were also a part of the design, but featured in a way to avoid seeming too institutional,” said Louer designer Dani Sheley.
Both Louer and Sheley noted how gratifying it was to design this space for the students as well as it was working with educators who are so passionate about their students’ experiences.
The firm has completed projects for other educational facilities including Mascoutah School District, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Central Institute for the Deaf and Washington University St. Louis.
With 20 years in the industry, Louer Facility Planning Inc. helps health care, corporate, government and educational clients nation-wide in the creative selection of furniture, finishes and fabrics for their facilities.