West De Pere Intermediate School

The common areas of this innovative school are extensions of the classrooms, offering students and teachers ample space for individual and group learning.

Need

Expand capacity for projected growth at the existing elementary schools and middle school

Solution

Build a new intermediate school to house fifth- and sixth-grade students

Result

A beautiful new facility that provides ample space, colorful interiors, and opportunities for collaborative learning


Awards

  • The Daily Reporter Top Project
  • American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter, Design Excellence Award (Bronze)

Collaborative Learning Spaces

Each classroom has a set of sliding doors that encourage teachers to expand their classrooms into an adjacent resource area. The resource areas are equipped with flexible furniture, which allow teachers and students to rearrange to best suit the day’s learning activity.

Two learning stairs mirror each other at the heart of the building. The stairs provide space for students to work independently during study hall periods and double as amphitheater-style seating for large group meetings. Elongated windows surround the stairs, creating a bright and spacious learning environment.

A student reads at a desk in a classroom while other students collaborate at one of the nearby resource areas visible through large sliding glass doors
The collaboration areas feature colorful furniture and flooring details with classrooms accessible nearby via large sliding glass doors

Interior Design

Engaging Interiors

The school is filled with fun materials and finishes, including:

  • Blue and grey-blue color themes with orange accents
  • Colorful shapes on the floor that cross room boundaries
  • Custom tiles and wood-tone panels to create visually engaging ceilings
Students select books from the stacks of the school library, which features a floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the nearby neighborhood

Planning

Long-term Partners

The district’s partnership with Bray extends back to 2000 when we first helped the district expand the high school. We’ve worked with the district over the past two decades to respond to a rapidly growing community. This latest round of work also includes expansion of the high school and updates to Westwood Elementary and the middle school.

An exterior photo of the school featuring large windows and decorative orange fins
Students use the flexible furniture at one of the collboration areas
Students enjoy lunch in the cafeteria, which features large windows and colorful ceiling tiles
Students read at the school's learning stair, which is adjacent to an outdoor courtyard.

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