NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS NEW SPACES
Although 2020 has challenged us with unprecedented times, CG Schmidt has been hard at work planning, building and finalizing school facilities for our future generations of students. In fact, we completed a record-breaking number of school projects this summer – over $220M worth of new and renovated learning spaces! Whether Districts opted to teach in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, the well-being and safety of our students and staff is the top priority. As we continue to navigate through changing times, we remain dedicated to building educational facilities that improve the lives of students, staff and communities. See what we’ve been up to below!
Construction is complete at the new Wisconsin Dells High School! The new 208,889-square-foot school, which includes 9th-12th grades, replaces the current combined high school and middle school, giving each their own building. Approved by district voters in a 2018 referendum, the new school features an expansive student commons with a monumental learning staircase and mezzanine, full gymnasium with second-level track, hydroponics and agronomy lab, culinary teaching lab, STEAM center, and athletic fields.
Our relationship with Whitnall School District goes back over 60 years and through 50 projects, to the original construction of the high school in the summer of 1958. This summer, we completed the renovation of their community areas including a cafeteria, commons space, and courtyard; we look forward to many more years of partnership!
From its origins as a one-room schoolhouse in 1844, Swallow School is starting the 2020 school year with several newly-completed modern learning environments. The project replaced outdated sections of the school, created more community-friendly gathering spaces, and addressed much-needed capital maintenance projects. A classroom wing housing STEAM spaces replaced a section of the school dating back more than a century. In addition, building security and systems, ADA compliance and maintenance items were addressed.
To alleviate current and future capacity concerns and meet the District’s growing programmatic needs, addition and renovation projects have been completed at each of their five schools. District-wide improvements included classroom additions and reconfigurations, adding new gathering spaces, renovating underutilized space and existing spaces, along with creating controlled after-hours access, security upgrades and better egress routes.
Another long-time partner of CG Schmidt, Greendale will begin the 2020 school year with improvements within all five of their schools. The improvements focused on increasing safety and security, improving learning environments, creating flexible and adaptable workspaces and improving building efficiency and sustainability. These projects bring our total number up to 45 within the Greendale School District!
After recently building the Lodi Primary School, we returned to the district to oversee the construction of Lodi High School’s new turf athletic fields. These fields will are functional for football, soccer and lacrosse. The trio of playing lines provide Lodi’s football and boys and girls soccer programs, as well as the Lodi marching band, a new field to call home, while also allowing the town to host lacrosse tournaments and postseason neutral site games.
Cristo Rey High School in Milwaukee is part of a national network of 32 work-study high schools founded in the Catholic Jesuit tradition. Originally located in West Milwaukee, the school has outgrown its 45,000 SF building and relocated to Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood. Cristo Rey’s brand-new campus accommodates accelerated growth and alleviates capacity pressures. The new campus includes ample, collaborative and flexible learning spaces with abundant natural light; spaces for the visual and performing arts; access to the latest technologies including robotics, programming and 3D printing; fully-equipped STEAM labs; a media center; an urban soccer center and health and fitness center; and a chapel in the heart of the building.
To accommodate accelerated growth and alleviate capacity pressures, while remaining committed to its unified campus setting, the District invested in improvements at all of its schools. Pewaukee Lake Elementary received extensive renovations to its secure entry, educational spaces, and art and music areas, as well as a classroom addition. A gymnasium was added to Horizon Elementary. Major additions and renovations were completed at Asa Clark Middle School and Pewaukee High School, including additional classrooms, cafeteria and library expansions, secure entries, and a state-of-the-art engineering, music and art wing.
The expansion at Notre Dame School of Milwaukee includes new amenities such as a new drop-off and pick-up location, a new gymnasium, library, science laboratory, and additional classrooms. The expansion also provides ADA upgrades and additional accessible restrooms. The upgrades are sure to improve on the school’s status as one of the top performing choice schools in Wisconsin.
With a brand-new Field House, staff at Milwaukee Montessori can design a schedule that provides more physical-conditioning and game-playing opportunities for their students and can host athletic tournaments while enjoying the home-court advantage. The new field house includes a gymnasium, locker rooms, concession stand and a dance studio.
A long-time partner with CG Schmidt, Elmbrook School District completed a brand-new, single-story Central Administrative Office (CAO). The office, which faces Brookfield City Hall, includes 60 parking spaces.