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Thermal Energy wall graphic from Froest Edge Elementary School designed by Bray Architects
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Environmental Branding – Is There an ROI for Schools?

After design plans are finished and furniture selections are underway, schools are often left to consider, whether to invest in branding installations. We often hear, “Will this really benefit our students?” “What is the real value?” “Is it really worth the cost?” In fact, branding offers a valuable way to reflect school culture, reinforce a…

Intersect Case Study Forest Edge Elementary for Bray Architects
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INTERSECT Case Study: Forest Edge Elementary School

The sixth case study in INTERSECT Volume I takes a closer look at Forest Edge Elementary School. This unique net-zero candidate school was designed to inspire innovation and sustainability by creating an environment that helps teachers leverage its net-zero properties as learning tools. This Forest Edge Elementary case study project explores how classroom design can…

Port Washington High School Case Study
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INTERSECT Case Study: Port Washington High School

The fifth case study in INTERSECT Volume I delves into Port Washington High School. In this three-phased project, learning areas were distributed around the whole building to create a collegiate culture where students are encouraged to utilize all parts of the building to develop independence. This Port Washington High School case study project demonstrates how…

Little Prairie Primary School - Elementary Classroom
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INTERSECT Case Study: Little Prairie Primary School

The fourth case study in INTERSECT Volume I explores Little Prairie Primary School. The unifying design concepts throughout the school were inspired by local places and community values. The Town Square and its surrounding spaces make up the “public zone” of the building, which includes the cafeteria, gym, and media center. Down the corridor from…

Intersect Case Study Beloit Turner Elementary School for Bray Architects
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INTERSECT Case Study: Beloit Turner Elementary School

The third case study in INTERSECT Volume I explores Beloit Turner Elementary School. Here, grade levels are paired into two wings of the school, with each grade identified by its own themed neighborhood representing a local or regional placetype: Industry; Farmland; Wilderness; or Riverfront. Key Elements of classroom design considered in the Beloit Turner Elementary School1…

Muskego Lakes Middle School Case Study
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INTERSECT Case Study: Muskego Lakes Middle School

The second case study in INTERSECT Volume I explores Muskego Lakes Middle School. In this building, each of the four grade levels—5th through 8th—are organized into separate “neighborhoods.” This case study demonstrates how the neighborhood design at Muskego Lakes Middle School is supported by the Constructivist Theory of Learning, creating an enhanced learning environment for…

Intersect Case Study for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School at Bray Architects
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INTERSECT Case Study: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

The first case study in INTERSECT Volume I explores Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which was designed to reflect the school’s mission: Cura Personalis; educating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. This Cristo Rey Jesuit High School case study demonstrates how the classroom design is supported by the Self Determination Theory. Self Determination Theory: “Conditions supporting…

INTERSECT Volume I
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INTERSECT Volume I

INTERSECT Volume I, Classrooms: Where Pedagogy Meets Architecture examines six of our K-12 projects. The document explores how real-world design solutions are supported by evidence-based academic theories and aims to capture the possible design interventions – minor and major – that can be made to support a wide array of teaching and learning styles. As…

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Learning Beyond the Pandemic

“I hate virtual learning!” Those are not exactly the words you want to hear from your 10-year-old daughter as your community is going through the struggle of figuring out what school will look like in the fall. After a quick reminder that she “dislikes” virtual learning, I ask my next question. “So, it looks like…

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Proven Approach: Referendum Support

Community engagement doesn’t end during the planning process. In our experience, successful referenda are the result of a unified message and months of planning and implementation through the proven approach of referendum support. Bray’s proven approach to referendum support has resulted in an 82% success rate in the past five years. Three steps which lead…

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Proven Approach: Community Engagement

Successful projects only happen with a committed and proven approach to community engagement. Throughout your planning or pre-referendum process it is crucial to engage the community to ensure they are part of the decision-making process. Community engagement is a critical component of every successful project. We are community engagement experts who specialize in facilitation of…

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Proven Approach: Educational Visioning

The Educational Visioning proven approach is a collaborative research method focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the ways in which teaching and learning take place in modern educational settings. This process allows us to support the specific and unique educational needs through architecture and design. We lead curriculum focused engagement to understand how your…