CASE STUDY: Cedarburg School District

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CG Schmidt’s relationship with Cedarburg School District started over twenty years ago with a multi-phased project at the High School and a large renovation of the Middle School. We are proud to continue the partnership with Cedarburg as we complete $59.8M of District-wide improvements in 2021.

The 2001 High School project included a science addition, a large gymnasium addition, a new swimming pool, HVAC upgrades, a new front entry and classroom. Also in 2001, over 100,000 SF at Webster Middle School was renovated in order to update the school’s layout from an open-pod format to a traditional layout. Work included the construction of science rooms, a library, ADA upgrades and mechanical and infrastructure work. In 2003, CG Schmidt was also engaged to complete a 3,800 SF expansion plus renovations to Westlawn Elementary School including new art rooms and new main entry.

In 2017, CG Schmidt was hired to assist the District through the Long-Range Master Planning process, resulting in a successful $59.8M referendum in 2018. To alleviate current and future capacity concerns and meet the District’s growing programmatic needs, these addition and renovation referendum projects have now been completed at each of Cedarburg School District’s five schools. District-wide improvements included classroom additions and reconfigurations, new gathering spaces, renovations of underutilized and existing spaces, along with new controlled after-hours access, security upgrades and improved egress routes.

Diversity was an important goal on the Cedarburg School District projects, which CG Schmidt achieved. Over 9 diverse vendors were utilized on the projects, as well as several local subcontractors from within the Cedarburg community.


  • Project Size: 219,063 square feet
  • Architect: Groth Design Group
  • Project Type: New Construction & Renovation


  • Project Size: 51,670 sf new construction, 47,650 sf renovation
  • Total Budget: $32.5 M
  • Completion Dates:
    • Phase I: August 2020
    • Phase II: December 2020
    • Phase III: Summer 2021

Exciting updates have been made to the High School, including an all-new STEAM addition with autos, woods, metals, robotics, art, PLTW and math classrooms. A new commons area featuring a large cafeteria, kitchen, serving area, and snack store was also created from existing space. A new turf athletics field was donated in part by CG Schmidt as well as private donations. Classroom renovations were completed, along with a new front entrance, hub stair area for collaboration, plaza and reconfigured parking lot.

Cedarburg High School


  • Project Size: 19,300 sf renovation
  • Total Budget: $3.1 M
  • Completion Date: August 2020

Work at Webster Middle School included a renovated IMC, updated LGI, new locker rooms, athletic offices and multi-purpose area. Also included was the administrative/office area.

Webster Middle School


  • Project Size: 4,800 sf new construction, 10,230 sf renovation
  • Total Budget: $4.6 M
  • Completion Date: August 2020

Westlawn Elementary received a cafeteria addition with new kitchen, and an updated front entrance. The interior renovations included adding maker space and an art room, and renovating the IMC. A new fire protection system was also added throughout the entire building.

Westlawn Elementary School


  • Project Size: 26,990 sf new construction, 15,715 sf renovation
  • Total Budget: $11 M
  • Completion Date: August 2020


  • Project Size: 26,990 sf new construction, 15,715 sf renovation
  • Total Budget: $11 M
  • Completion Date: August 2020

With nearly identical building layouts, Parkview and Thorson received the same updates including the addition of a new gym, a renovated cafeteria and kitchen, and a renovated IMC with maker and learning spaces. Also included were new art, music, flex and 4K classrooms, and a new administrative/office area.

Parkview & Thorson Elementary Schools

Project Challenges

  • Large component of low voltage and A/V systems not designed until late May 2020.
  • Tie ins to of new additions into multiple school additions from past decades
  • Management of turf field project in addition to contractual GMP work.
  • STEAM equipment purchasing
  • Disposal of owner’s equipment/furniture
  • COVID 19 Delays and Impacts
  • Manpower/progress by abatement contractor
  • Material procurement (High school siding material, special lite doors, athletic equipment, light fixtures.
  • Cedarburg Light and Water Dept.
    • Due to grade changes in parking lot, we had to hydro-excavate and insulate the fire protection water main loop

Innovative Solutions:

  • Raptor system in jobsite trailer
    • Quickly scan for registered offenders
    • Provides color coded sticker applied to hard hats
    • Eliminates disrupting District staff
    • Also can advise on court ordered custody concerns

Vendors used on the project to date:

  • JCP Construction
  • Rams Contracting
  • Hetzel Sanfilippo
  • SPE
  • Ward Welding
  • Cedarburg OH Door
  • Cedar Creek Surveying
  • Zuern Building Products
  • LaRosa Landscaping

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