Friendship Learning Center

A design concept that provides an immersive learning experience to encourage discovery and multicultural exploration for elementary students.

Need

Accommodate an anticipated growth in student enrollment

Solution

Expand the existing PreK through 5th grade elementary school

Result

A contemporary learning environment with a unified theme throughout the building


Awards

  • International Interior Design Association, Award of Excellence, K-12 Education Category
  • American School & University Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design, Elementary Category
  • American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter Excellence Awards, Gold Award, K-12 Educational Category
  • The Daily Reporter Top Project
Students read in the new library, which features large windows and an an atrium that connects the lower and upper floors

Fact Sheet

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Location

North Fond Du Lac, WI

Size

99,500 sq ft (addition); 53,000 sq ft (renovation)

Construction Cost

$22,800,000

Client Type

A detailed view of one environmental branding installation inspired by the languages, plants, and animals of Africa

Environmental Branding

Learning Lands of Friendship

Each grade level is represented by one of the world’s continents, and their entrances feature a large, custom-designed wall graphic depicting its unique elements, including natural wonders, architectural icons, cultural treasures, and native animals. The graphics are designed to be incorporated into teachers’ lesson plans throughout the year.

A view of the three-station gymnasium and the walking track mezzanine

Architecture

A Community Resource

Bray also partnered with the School District of North Fond du Lac to create a new, three-station gymnasium that serves the entire district and local community.

A view of a student locker area featuring an environmental branding installation inspired by the languages, buildings, animals, and plants of Asia
A close up view of the atrium that connects the lower and upper floors in the school library
Students visit their lockers, which are near colorful environmental branding installations that feature information about the world's continents

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