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Innovators of the Year: Bray Architects

We are honored that The Daily Reporter selected us as Innovators of the Year for their 2022 Newsmakers awards. And we’re particularly proud of the projects and initiatives that helped us earn this distinction. From The Daily Reporter: For nearly 60 years, Bray Architects has been an innovator in educational and civic design. The firm…

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Employee Spotlight – Michael Hauser

Michael Hauser is a project coordinator at our Sheboygan office and assists the project teams in the completion of construction documents using Revit software. He’s recently had the ability to dive into some design opportunities, currently working on the New Boston Elementary School project in Mercer County School District. Even though Michael is celebrating his…

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Employee Spotlight – Emma Rudd

Emma Rudd is a project specialist at Bray and is currently working on the Mercer County School District project. Throughout her first year at Bray, she’s enjoyed learning about the education sector – a market she hadn’t previously worked in. “Learning about schools and being able to design them has truly been a rewarding experience,”…

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Holiday greetings from Bray Architects

Whether we’re building a partnership or designing a building together, our work isn’t possible without you. Everything we achieve takes teamwork, both within our firm and across the organizations and people we work with. This holiday season, the visions that dance in our heads are of the inspiring, community-driven spaces we’ll create together in the…

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Employee Spotlight – Taylor Urchell

Taylor Urchell is Bray’s marketing coordinator. She leads our social media content, organizes our attendance at conferences and trade shows, coordinates project photography, and helps welcome new hires to the company. If you follow us on social media (and we hope you do!), you’ll already be familiar with Taylor’s talent for capturing and posting all…

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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…

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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…

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…