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Technology and partnerships advance net zero buildings

Technology advances can get more buildings to net zero, and partnerships are key to their success Recent advances in green technology are fueling a drive for more buildings to get to net zero – a standard that means it’s producing enough energy to meet its own annual energy needs. It’s a concept that’s getting more…

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Kara Albrecht recognized as a 2022 Women in Construction Honoree

We’re excited to share that Kara Albrecht, Assoc. AIA, is named a 2022 Women in Construction honoree by The Daily Reporter! The Women in Construction awards recognize the top women in the industry who have outstanding achievements, leading the way for future women in their career paths. Throughout Kara’s eight years at the firm, she’s…

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Thank you, Fred Noble!

After 40 years in the industry, Fred Noble, construction administrator extraordinaire, is retiring. He is widely accepted within Wisconsin’s construction community as one of the best architectural on-site representatives. He has worked in the A/E/C industry for more than four decades, including 33 years with Bray. As the man behind the curtain, Fred makes sure…

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Employee Spotlight – Jake Wojak

Jake Wojak is a construction administration representative. He is the link between the design team and contractors to make sure that our buildings are constructed according to the plans and specifications. His day-to-day tasks include reviewing shop drawings, field observation, and working with the contractor to resolve any design or construction issues that come up…

Ryan Ferguson is celebrating his 5-year work anniversary with Bray
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Bray Spotlights – Ryan Ferguson

Bray is fortunate to have an incredibly talented team with diverse skills and backgrounds – including Ryan Ferguson, a project specialist who is celebrating five years with us! We took a quick break to congratulate Ryan and ask him a few questions about his last five years with us. What have you learned since joining…

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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 3

Flexible Spaces and Shared Resources Many schools operate on finite budgets, so it’s important to find solutions that maximize a school’s limited space and resources. These are some of the innovative ways in which we have helped schools create adaptable spaces that serve all users. Extracurricular Learning Spaces We’ve partnered with school districts to create…

Ample storage and accessible counter space give the updated Coleman High School reception area a welcoming atmosphere for students and visitors
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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 2

Building Relationships and Creating Safe Spaces Beyond supporting the logistical functions of a school, the office plays a significant role in supporting students’ health and safety. Here are some ways that offices can be nurturing environments that also foster positive relationships among students and school professionals. Support Positive Student and Staff Relationships “It’s important that…

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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 1

As leaders in K-12 school design, we have witnessed how important offices are to the long-term success of a school. They are the school’s heart, providing critical resources for students, staff, and the community. We connected with Kate Egan, an architect and design specialist at Bray, to help us identify some of the most important…

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Kate Egan + Allison Mastel Earn ALEP Certification

In Wisconsin, only eight individuals have earned the Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) certification. Two of those are among Bray’s own: Allison Mastel and Kate Egan. A4LE, the accrediting body for ALEP, is a leader in educational design and draws international participation from not only architects, but also educational administrators, contractors, and a variety of…

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Employee Spotlight – Austin Schroeder

Austin Schroeder is a senior project coordinator at Bray and is currently working on New Glarus School District‘s new Primary School. He’s assisting with creating the renderings, developing the design as well as the construction documents. Throughout his time at Bray, he’s been an integral part of the team in creating renderings for projects. “I…

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Employee Spotlight – Karina Henderson

Karina Henderson is the director of marketing at Bray, where she oversees the marketing team and leads the marketing efforts for the firm. As she put it, her job is “to make sure people know about the wonderful things we do.” She recently led the efforts in our rebranding, including our new website.  She enjoys…

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Employee Spotlight – Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is a senior project specialist who has many roles on a project, everything from design through project management and construction administration work – all while working closely with clients. “I enjoy being involved in all aspects of a project,” he says. Some of his current projects include the Village of McFarland Public Safety…