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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Video

Facility assessments are a critical part of any school or civic construction project. Join us as we explain what they are and why they’re important. We’ll also provide insight into Bray’s trusted approach to helping clients make the most informed decisions while planning their new buildings. Be sure to check out our other posts in…

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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 3

Part 3: The Facility Assessment Process Facility assessments are one of the key services we provide at Bray. We have years of experience helping districts and municipalities like yours prepare studies so that you can make informed decisions as you plan your building projects. We’ve honed our facility assessment process to provide clients with a…

Rendering of the front entrance at Neenah high school
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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 2

Part 2: Why Are Facility Assessments Important? Facility assessments are important because they’re the starting point for your future building project. They will help you answer three important questions: What does my district or municipality already have? What’s worth investing in? How do we move forward? How will they help me? Having a study document…

A view of the elementary school entrance, which features a large environmental branding installation of the area's nearby ecosystems
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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 1

Part 1: What Is a Facility Assessment? Facility assessments are a critical first step in your district or municipality’s planning efforts. As you start to plan for your new facilities, it’s important to understand what you already have. A facility assessment will help your stakeholders – and your architect’s design team – decide how to…

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Low-cost, High-Impact Accessible Design Solutions

It is possible to achieve your accessibility goals on a limited budget. In this 90-second video, we’ll highlight three of the low-cost, high-impact accessible design solutions we developed for Beyond Vision’s VisABILITY Center.  Be sure to check out the other posts in this series, which take a closer look at the project and our collaboration…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 3

Part 3: Accessible Design in Action Beyond Vision’s new VisABILITY Center is a case study in accessible design. Bray’s interior design team carefully selected materials and finishes to maximize the tactile response for the center’s low-vision and vision-impaired employees and visitors. As part of the research process, Beyond Vision shared a pair of goggles with…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 2

Part 2: Collaborating with Architect Chris Downey Innovative projects take teamwork. As they planned for the VisABILITY center, Bray and Beyond Vision received help from Chris Downey, a California-based architect who lost his sight in 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. He continues to practice architecture, bringing a personal perspective to the…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 1

Part 1: On a Mission for Accessible Spaces Accessible design was the mission for Bray in creating a new, 130,000-square-foot headquarters for Beyond Vision. This Milwaukee-based nonprofit needed a new space to expand their work providing meaningful and sustainable employment for people with vision loss. A New Accessible Space Dubbed the VisABILITY Center, the new location will…

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Video – Educational Visioning

We’re wrapping up our Understanding Educational Visioning series with a short video that provides a glimpse into the process. In the span of about 90 seconds, we cover what educational visioning is, what it looks like in practice, and how Bray approaches this critical part of any new school’s design. In case you missed it,…

Students nestle into the reading nooks created by the large letters spelling "Storyland" in the entrance to the school's library
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Understanding Educational Visioning – Part 4: Pedagogy

This is the final post in our four-part series looking at educational visioning and its role in the school design process. Read part three. Pedagogy Districts have diverse ways of delivering learning to their students. Priorities can even vary among schools within one district and among grade levels. The educational visioning process seeks to identify…

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Understanding Educational Visioning – Part 3: Identity

This is the third of a four-part series looking at educational visioning and its role in the school design process. Read part two. Identity Every school district has a unique set of priorities, and that’s addressed through identity. That’s when the design team and the district develop an overarching theme that guides their work on…

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Understanding Educational Visioning – Part 2: Architecture

Architecture It may seem obvious that conversations about a new school need to be about the physical space. But how this happens can be a mystery to those who aren’t regularly involved in the process. Architects base their early discussions of space around the “program.” The program is a list – like cook’s grocery list…