Baird Elementary School

The new Baird Elementary School is a physical and educational link between the students, community, and nearby public park.

Need: Update facilities and more space to accommodate a growing school district

Solution: A new 4K through fifth-grade elementary school on the same site as the former school

Result: A contemporary building with a unique floor plan that maximizes natural light and provides space for outdoor learning


  • Learning by Design Outstanding Project

Design Features

The new two-story building organizes students by age group into educational pods, each with four classrooms situated around a shared resource area and a small-group instruction space. Colorful and easy-to-access stairs connect the two floors and support the school’s buddy program between older and younger students.

Baird Elementary School Kindergarten Resource Area with staircase
Baird Elementary School outdoor classroom with class in session

Planning + Design

Responding to the Site

No school building stands alone. When creating new buildings, we thoughtfully respond to the site and surroundings.

For Baird Elementary, windows throughout the school connect students to the surrounding park and forest. An outdoor classroom strengthens this connection to the environment and offers a fun and unique learning space for all students.

Baird Elementary School exterior of cafeteria with students walking and sitting

Forming Partnerships

Improvements Across the District

In addition to Baird Elementary, we partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School District to enhance several other buildings, including Danz, Eisenhower, and Sullivan Elementary Schools.


From the very beginning of our project, Bray Architects wanted, asked for, and encouraged feedback from all stakeholders. From layout, location, cabinetry, colors, flooring, and fabric, everyone’s opinion mattered.
Michael Sheean
Principal, Baird Elementary School
Baird Elementary School gym with students playing dodgeball
Baird Elementary School classroom with students in desks
Baird Elementary School cafeteria from above looking out windows to playground, featuring Bee store

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