Keeping the Faith in Catholic Education

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.

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Welcome 2017

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.

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A New Center for St. Augustine University Parish in Platteville

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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PRA Collaborates with UWM Externs to Design New Religious Trade School in Peru

We understand the importance of sharing our knowledge and expertise with younger generations and aspiring architects, and we regularly welcome externs from UWM’s School of Architecture& Urban Planning into our office to learn more about how a successful architectural firm functions. Our recent UWM externs collaborated with Partner Mark Herr on the design of an exciting new project for St. John Vianney Catholic Church’s + Read more

Plunkett Raysich Architects Celebrated Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Open House

MILWAUKEE, WI – Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP, one of Wisconsin’s leading architecture and interior design firms, joined Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lake Geneva in celebrating the grand opening of the church’s new building on January 12, 2014.

The 29,780 sq. ft. building accommodates the faith community’s anticipated continued growth and provides + Read more