To better serve its expanding student attendance area, Bray Architects renovated the existing 1950s-era Highland View Elementary School and designed two additions, including six classrooms and a dedicated cafeteria. The new classrooms allowed the former ones to be transformed into an expanded library, music room, kitchen, and school offices. A new entry vestibule adjacent to the relocated offices provides a secure entry sequence into the building, controlling visitor access and improving student and staff safety. The updated classrooms offer flexibility for teachers to adapt their spaces for both small- and large-group instruction through retractable partition walls and movable furniture, as well as access to corridor collaboration areas equipped with seating, white boards, and large monitors. Bray also coordinated mechanical updates throughout the building, including the addition of air conditioning, LED lighting, and occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption.
Prior to the construction work at Highland View 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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