Langston Hughes Elementary School

20% of the student population has developmental, mobility, sensory, or learning disabilities

The school recognizes universal design’s potential to enhance learning experiences for all students, including those with disabilities and special needs

Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Universal Design Consulting

LEED for Schools, Gold Certification

Design Architect:

Construction Type:

101,000 sf

LCM provided universal design consulting for the first Chicago Public Schools k-8 school to be designed based on the Principles of Universal Design. The award-winning, sustainably designed building considers all students’ abilities by integrating elements that allow equal participation in day-to-day activities. For example, the barrier-free Discovery Garden courtyard, planned to encourage tactile and sensory stimulation, features raised play areas designed for ease of transfer from a wheelchair; level thresholds enable unimpeded mobility; full-height lockers have adjustable shelves to allow ease of reach by wheelchair users; all instructional classrooms are wheelchair accessible and some can accommodate special needs equipment.