Kromrey Middle School

The significantly expanded and renovated Kromrey Middle School takes advantage of its proximity to a conservancy by providing opportunities for environmental education.

Need: More space to address overcrowding at the district’s middle schools

Solution: Add to and renovate Kromrey Middle School

Result: A like-new school that provides views and access to the nearby Pheasant Branch Conservancy


  • American School & University Magazine, Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design
  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
  • Wisconsin Masonry Alliance, Excellence in Masonry – Best of Clay
  • The Daily Reporter Top Project
The STEM room features flexible furniture and tall ceilings to accommodate large projects.

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Middleton, WI


240,000 sq ft (addition); 25,000 sq ft (renovation)

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Passing the Referendum

After a Bray-led, four-year planning and community engagement campaign, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District passed a $60 million referendum with 68% support. Read about Bray’s engagement services

A view of the school's amphitheater-style outdoor classroom.
A view of the school's cafeteria featuring large windows and stage for performances and speakers

Responding to the Site

The building form closely follows the boundary of the adjacent Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows play a dual-purpose role by providing stunning views of the landscape and filling the learning spaces with natural light.

A view of the school featuring a walking path in the foreground.

Space for Community Use

The three-story wing of the building features an environmental education center for student and community use and allows direct access to the conservancy for research, study, and restoration.

Having been Energy Star certified multiple times since the project was complete, Kromrey reflects the desires of both the school district and the community to embrace sustainability.

The school's collaboration spaces feature flexible furniture, whiteboards, and direct access to classrooms.
Windows span the entire height of the school's three-story addition.
An exterior view of the school's main entrance

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