Educational environments need to support today’s evolving pedagogy, but they also need to align with the financial realities of the district. While many educational environments are changing, grade level configuration is an aspect that often remains fixed. To simply approach grade level configuration as a given is to potentially miss opportunities to realize significant positive impact.
Demand for Catholic education is increasing rapidly as parishes consolidate their school systems. Traditionally, each Catholic church would run their own school. Now, as the trend turns to shared school systems that serve multiple parishes, the school buildings need to expand for the growth.
Expanding for growth can mean either renovating and adding on to existing school buildings, or creating a whole new school building. Either way, the challenges remain the same. The school building has to serve more than one purpose. In many instances, while the building is used for traditional school activities during the day, on many evenings and weekends the classrooms can be used for religious education for public school students. In addition, the commons and cafeteria space can double as a fellowship hall. These buildings also need to have access to a church or chapel. The design also has to account for other events that may happen during school hours, such as funerals. During lunch hours, mourners and students both need to use the building, so keeping the school secure while allowing visitors to enter and exit is very important.
It’s been a great year for Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP. We are excited about what 2017 brings and we are working hard to deliver quality design and help solve our clients’ problems of space, efficiency and image. Check out what some of our clients are saying about Why they selected PRA. Also take a look at just a few of the projects we are currently designing.
Finding your place on a college campus can be difficult. Some students have a strong faith background and want a safe space to practice their religion and share thoughts and experiences with their peers. The Newman Center at St. Augustine University Parish in Platteville, WI allows students to come together for worship, discussions and events. We designed the new chapel and student center highlighted in this video.
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As young designers, students with vast imaginations and curiosities are continuously looking to expand on their creative ideas. In less than a decade, Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) have emerged across the globe to meet these growing needs and work alongside our emerging technology.
Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP and Swallow School District are presenting at the 2015 Spring WASDA/WSPRA Conference.
“Building Consensus with Community and School District Leaders”
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 53020
Whether you are developing a master plan or defining the strategic direction and goals of your school district, effective communication and building consensus within your community and with your staff and School Board members are essential. Starting early, communicating often, and listening closely are keys to building support and trust. Our presentation will focus on how to involve key groups of individuals, which includes gathering and evaluating their feedback, addressing the needs and concerns of all those affected by your decisions, and collaborating to arrive at a final solution. The end result is a supportive team that will relay a cohesive message about the needs and direction of your school district.
Three Wisconsin school districts and clients of PRA successfully passed multi-million dollar referendums on Tuesday that will go towards facilities improvements in the communities of Madison, Platteville, and Mequon-Thiensville.
PRA assisted Madison Metropolitan School District with a year of facility and referendum planning, ultimately leading to the District’s successful $41 million + Read more
A groundbreaking event will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 to celebrate the start of expansion and renovation work at Ripon High School. The event marks the beginning of construction to build a 81,000 square foot addition to the facility and renovate 174,000 square feet of existing space, in order to house both Ripon Middle School and Ripon High School in one building.+ Read more
PRA recently joined the Sauk Prairie School District at the groundbreaking celebrations for district’s two major construction projects. Each project is a result of the district’s successful $34.6M referendum, which passed last April.
The first project, an addition to Tower Rock Elementary School, will accommodate 4k through fifth grade students, and the second project involves building a new, 101,000 sq. ft. elementary school + Read more
The start of the 21st century was just 14 years ago, but school design has since evolved dramatically. New standards for elementary school design have yet to be written, but clear trends have emerged. Here we explore these trends and what we as architects and educational planners know to date.