The Friendship Learning Center serves students from Pre-K to 5th grade. In an effort to accommodate increased student capacity, the school underwent major additions and renovations to expand learning spaces and create a new three-court gymnasium and playground area for both Physical Education and community use.
Collaboration between Bray’s design team and the school’s staff deployed a unifying environmental branding concept, which helps to identify grade level, and serves as a educational tool for staff. Known as the “Learning Lands” of the “World of Friendship,” each of the seven grade-levels at the Friendship Learning Center is assigned to a continent. Grade sections are organized into pods of classrooms and small-group instruction areas centered around shared collaboration spaces with the same geographic theme. The entrance to each grade pod features large, custom-designed wall graphics depicting the unique elements (natural wonders, architectural icons, cultural treasures, native animals, etc.) of that grade’s continent.
American Society of Interior Designers | Wisconsin Chapter
2019 Design Excellence Award – Gold, Educational K-12 Category
American School + University
2020 Architectural Portfolio – Outstanding Design, Elementary Category