Cordogan Clark and Architecture for Education teamed as creative collaborators with the West Aurora School District for their new Greenman Elementary School. Greenman is a replacement school for an existing 107-year old building that could no longer support growing enrollments, new technological advances, and today's teaching curriculums. The design team overcame the tight urban site to more than double the size of the old school, allowing it to remain an anchor in the neighborhood. The "school within a school" design concept of Greenman Elementary embraces personalized instruction and team teaching. These form small learning communities of four classrooms, two technology/resource centers, and a flexible learning corridor. Within each classroom there are bay windows with seating, shared restrooms and "learning walls;" custom, flexible, and adaptable millwork that can conform to each teacher and students' needs.
Greenman Elementary was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the Exhibition of School Architecture award by the National School Board Association. In addition to this award, Greenman Elementary School has received the Illinois Association of School Boards Award of Distinction for Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments, the Impact on Learning Effective Classroom Design Award, the Learning By Design National Grand Prize, and more.