Cumberland + Richards Elementary Libraries

Library renovations at these Whitefish Bay Elementary Schools create vibrant, modern learning spaces for students to read and collaborate in.

Need: Upgrade both libraries to better support 21-century learning

Solution: Renovate and incorporate 21st-century features into the libraries to encourage student engagement in the spaces

Result: Dynamic and colorful spaces that allow for movement and collaboration

Cumberland Elementary School Library reading area and SGI room

Fact Sheet

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Whitefish Bay, WI


4,000 sq ft renovation for each school

Construction Cost

$750,000 for each school

Client Type

Traditional to Modern

Renovations to both Cumberland and Richards Elementary Schools (Whitefish Bay School District) libraries create a more colorful and accessible learning environment. The traditional libraries were reconfigured into a vibrant and modern space, with emphasis on flexible spaces allowing for movement and collaboration.

Single glass doors were added to the new Tech Ed Tinker Space to allow for a direct connection to the flexible library zone. A centrally located desk encourages collaboration between students and also allows for 360 degree supervision of the entire library area. The tiered seating area provides students with space for reading and studying or as an impromptu teaching space for teachers. Interior finishes were thoughtfully selected to bring energy and excitement to the environment.

Library entrance with garage door open and front desk visible

Transforming More Libraries within the District

We also teamed with Whitefish Bay Middle and High Schools to design their libraries, creating engaging spaces with 21st-century features. Our team designed an innovation station in the high school library connected by glass sliding doors that provides students access to high-powered computers and other technology as well as a discovery center in the middle school library with direct connection to the rest of the library.

Check out the project here.

Cumberland Elementary School Library circulation desk with students reading
Richards Elementary School library collaboration area with reading stairs, tables and chairs, and books
Richards Elementary School maker space room with flexible furniture and cabinetry.

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