Bray Architects partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School District to build the $21 million new Baird Elementary on the site of the existing school. The building will serve students Pre-K through 5th grade, increasing the existing Baird Elementary capacity by over 200 students.
The new two-story building will organize the different age groups into educational pods. Each pod will include four classrooms situated around a shared resource area and small group instruction classroom. Students in grades 3-5 will be placed in pods on the second floor while the younger students will have classes on the first floor. Fostering mentorship and collaboration, communicating stairs will connect the two floors and allow the creation of a buddy program between older and younger students.
The overall design for the new school allows for views throughout the building, adding to collaboration between students. The design also offers views of the park to the east and forest to the west. Students and staff will be able to enjoy views into the cafeteria from small group instruction “nests” that are perched above the first floor. An outdoor classroom will also offer views into the school grounds and act as a unique space for learning opportunities.
Construction of the new Baird Elementary is currently underway and is scheduled to be complete September 2019.