LaSalle Lincoln Junior High School Remodeling

As district Architects for LaSalle Elementary School District  #122,  BC&A designed an extensive remodeling and renovation project which included renovation of 23,000 s.f. of their existing junior high school campus.  Areas of renovation included a new commercial kitchen and serving lines, cafetorium, science lab,  multiple classrooms, work rooms, nurses’s office, restrooms, administration/district offices and a media room. 

Harding Grade School

Location: 1640 N. 40th. Rd., Earlville, IL

Harding Grade School was expanded and remodeled as part of a larger project to upgrade all four schools in the Consolidated Community Unit District #2. The existing Harding School facility consisted of a century old, 7,000 square foot wood frame classroom building and a 35 year old, 5,000 square foot masonry gymnasium. In order to have a final cohesive facility, the siding was removed from the existing wood frame building and the building was clad with face brick to match the 13,300 square foot addition which houses a new cafeteria, library, administrative offices and seven classrooms. In addition to Harding Grade School, upgrades and additions of various sizes were made to Sheridan Grade School, Serena Grade School and Serena High School. In total 48,000 square feet of new space for administrative offices, cafeterias, gymnasiums, libraries, classrooms, special education classrooms, and multi-purpose rooms was provided for the school district.

Ladd School District #94

Location: 232 E Cleveland St., Ladd, IL

Ladd Community Consolidated School was housed in a three-story functionally obsolete building with 4,752 square feet of space and newer 8000 square foot gymnasium addition. In anticipation of receiving a State Construction Grant, the School Board hired Basalay, Cary & Alstadt to design a new facility and to help the Board plan and organize a referendum strategy. After conducting an existing facility analysis and meeting with teachers and community advisory committee, it was determined that only the gymnasium addition was worth saving. The new handicapped-accessible school will have a total of 50,000 square feet of space on a single floor with room for up to 473 students. To facilitate continuous operation of the school, the new addition was designed in a manner which would allow the school to occupy the existing building while the new building was under construction. A 4′ x 5′ model of the proposed building was used in conjunction with public meetings and mailings to communicate the problems and the solution to the voting public. The referendum passed by the largest percentage of voters of any school referendum to that date.

Illinois Valley Community College

Location: 815 N. Orlando Smith Avenue, Oglesby, IL

The main campus of Illinois Valley Community College was built along the bluffs of the Illinois River in 1972. While the main campus was under construction, classes were held in a group of 12 temporary buildings, some of which remain as part of the East Campus today. When originally built, the Main Campus consisted of 5 buildings connected via the main level and lower level and a separate gymnasium building. In 1979 the Cultural Center which houses the theater was built to the east of the main campus and connected to the main campus through a new main entrance link shortly thereafter. To aid in circulation within the buildings connecting links were built at a later date to connect the upper levels of the Main Campus. The original campus including the gymnasium building and cultural center is approximately 335,000 square feet in size.

In 1990 Basalay Cary & Alstadt Architects was hired by Illinois Valley Community College for the first time for a paving repair project. In the more than 20 years since, IVCC and BC&A have continued to work together on projects large and small. In addition to several pavement repair projects, BC&A has coordinated sidewalk replacement, street light upgrades, roof replacement for all flat roofs on campus, master planning, accessibility upgrades, and the layout of a new parking lot. In addition to exterior site work, many projects have been undertaken within the buildings such as new elevators, door replacement, stage curtain replacement, new stage lighting, and the replacement of the hallway display cases. Several large remodeling projects have been completed including the LRC, child care, restrooms and science labs.

Science Labs

The Biology Labratory and Chemistry Labratory were completely remodeled and upgraded in 2010 and 2011 respetivly. These renovations provide brand new facilities for students and allows multiple classes to use each space simultaneously. Construction was performed during the summer to minimize impact on the classes.

As the original buildings have aged, BC&A has coordinated the replacement and upgrades of several building systems including the computer server network, electrical wiring, transformers, plumbing lines, and the security camera system.

BC&A has also designed several new buildings for the campus. In 2008 the free-standing Truck Driver Training building and associated driving course was built near the East Campus. Construction is currently underway on the largest of several new buildings slated for construction on the campus.

Community Technology Center

In 2009 the college was awarded a grant from the State of Illinois which allowed them to finally replace the (now 30 year old) temporary buildings on the East Campus. The project will take place in three phases over the course of several years. Phase 1 of the project is an 80,000 square foot addition which is currently under construction and will house various trade skill training classrooms.

Phase 2 of the CTC project will demolish the last of the temporary buildings and save and expand the permanent portion of the welding/auto shop on the east campus. Additionally, a new maintenance garage will be built to protect campus maintenance equipment. Phase 3 of the project will include remodeling a few spaces within the main campus to return them to student use spaces. When construction of the Community Technology Center is completed, the main campus will be more than 400,000 square feet in size.

Ottawa Township High School

Location: 211 E. Main Street, Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa Township High School is situated at the point where the Fox and Illinois rivers meet and is just a block from downtown Ottawa. The school contains grades 9-12 and has an average yearly enrollment of 1600 students. The size of the school has grown over the years to be nearly 350,000 square feet. The Main Building was built in 1916 and contains the administrative offices, theater, library, pool, a gymnasium, and classrooms. The Manual Arts Building and Kingman Gym were built to the east of the Main Building in 1931 and includes more classrooms, a cafeteria and agriculture/auto shop. In 1937 the Passageway bridge was built to link the Main Building to the Manual Arts building. The Shannon Building was built in 1961 to the south of the existing buildings providing an additional link between the two buildings. The Shannon building houses science and art labs, music rooms, as well as additional general classrooms.

In 1987 Ottawa High School, started working with W. C. Fredricks & Associates, the firm which would evolve into Basalay, Cary and Alstadt Architects. Ottawa High School and BC&A Architects have remained partners ever since. Over the course of the last 32 years there are few parts of the school that BC&A Architects has not had a hand in maintaining or updating through projects large and small.

The Courtyard

Prior to 1999, the Ottawa High School courtyard was an uninviting concrete eyesore. The courtyard which had been created between the three building and the passageway was used as a service drive and parking lot. It also served as the main pedestrian pathway to Kingman Gym and King Football Field. The space was mostly concrete and did not provide a very pleasant welcome to arriving visitors.

In 1999 BC&A Architects were tasked with recreating this space to be an attractive amenity rather than a concrete eyesore. When finished the space was a park-like plaza used for pedestrian circulation from building to building, entry to the football field, and exterior lunchroom space for the cafeteria which was overcrowded at the time.

The project was partially funded through a life safety grant to correct deteriorating steps from the gymnasium’s handicapped-accessible entrance and to correct other life safety issues. The balance was funded by the Education Foundation through the sale of monogrammed bricks, statues, light poles and benches. There are of 34,000 bricks in the courtyard, six light poles, 14 sculptures, and 14 benches. Any excess money raised was used by the Education Foundation to fund other yearly educational programs or scholarships.


In the summer of 2000 the original auditorium in the Main building was completely renovated. The seating which had become damaged and worn out was completely replaced. The plaster walls and ceiling were repaired and the entire room was repainted. In addition to the work in the auditorium space, all stage lighting was replaced with an upgraded system.


Since the last small classroom addition in 1973 the school continued to grow and gradually become more crowded and needed additional classroom space, the cafeteria had also become overcrowded after the school had changed to closed campus lunch program. In 2003 as part of a $20 million state grant, a two story 23,000 square foot addition was built to the east of the Manual Arts building. This addition provided 15 new general classrooms and a new art classroom. To provide a larger cafeteria the old and outdated agriculture/auto shop was moved into a new building and the old shop area was transformed into the new cafeteria.

As part of the 2003 project, the outdoor sports fields were all upgraded, the cinder surfaced track was replaced with a new synthetic track surface. The bleachers on both sides of the track and football field were replaced along with the outdoor lighting. The old tennis court was removed and a new award winning court was built in a new location which made room for a practice football field. The baseball field was replaced, and a new softball field and soccer field were built.

In addition to these larger projects, Basalay Cary and Alstadt Architects has worked with Ottawa High School on many smaller life safety and energy efficiency projects to maintain and upgrade the buildings. Prior to 2008 all windows on campus, with the exception of the 2003 addition, had single pane non-insulated glass, and many windows were very difficult to operate. In 2008 every window in the school was replaced with new insulated glass units. Historic photos were used to replicate the look of the original wood divided lite windows in the Main building. Tuckpointing, re-roofing, plumbing replacement, and security camera installation are just some of the projects which have been done over time to protect and extend the life of the buildings.