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
- The Daily Reporter Top Project
- American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter, Design Excellence Award (Bronze)
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LocationDe Pere, WI
Size123,400 sq ft
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.
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
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.