United Township High School – Student Life Center
East Moline, Illinois
United Township High School completed an upgrade to their school, which was much more than simply showing a pretty new face to the community. They have created a 21st-century learning center designed to better prepare their students to meet the needs of tomorrow.
The 32,322 total sq. ft. additions and renovations included a new secure entrance, a modern-looking student commons area, student lounge, and eating area, library, offices for students and staff, as well as a completely new media center addition. The commons also connect to a once-jam-packed 600-student cafeteria that now boasts room for 100 more students. A new book store, student café with vending machines and an expanded, modernized nurse’s office was also part of the project.
There is also room for more new features thanks to space currently called “the gallery” that was created in place of the old library. It will be used for study hall and classroom space while UT mulls a better long-term future. While students enjoy the new things they find inside, passersby on the Avenue of the Cities in East Moline are also treated to an impressive new front door that represents a significant upgrade for a boxy building that had been built in 1960. A giant, LED-backlit UTHS sheet metal mural also announces the school’s purpose day and night to passing traffic.