Bray Architects led a complete renovation and expansion of College Park Elementary School to support growing classroom needs and improve student safety. The addition includes three PreK and kindergarten classrooms, each with triangular student desks that teachers can easily combine to support small group learning activities. The former kindergarten classrooms became the new school offices. Relocating the offices from the center of the building to its northeast end better supports a secure entry sequence. Bray’s renovation of the old office spaces transformed a dim and crowded set of rooms into an open, flexible, and light-filled cafeteria and multipurpose space. An improved library with new lighting, flooring, and mobile furniture offers zones conducive for quiet reading with the flexibility of large-group instruction.
Prior to the construction work at College Park Elementary, Bray partnered with the Greendale School District to engage the community in a two-year district-wide facility study through interactive work sessions, focus groups, school tours, and surveys. The study led the District to pose a $33.8 million referendum question to address facility needs at its three elementary schools, middle school, and high school. The referendum passed in 2018.
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