Welcome Stu to the Education and Worship Studio

As part of a transition in firm leadership, Stu LaRose, AIA returns to Zimmerman to lead our education and worship facilities studio. For more than a decade, early in his career, Stu acted as a project architect and project manager on many of the firm’s most notable education projects. This includes the multiple award-winning University of Wisconsin-Mechanical Engineering addition and renovation and University of Wisconsin Fluno Center for Executive Education projects. He also completed work for several private college and university institutions as well as K-12 school districts around the state.

In addition to his early career experiences, Stu also has nearly a decade of experience as a senior facilities architect and project manager with the University of Wisconsin Office of Capital Planning and Development. In that role, Stu participated in all aspects of project development for the University of Wisconsin – from concept request through agency occupancy. He managed the delivery of more than a quarter billion dollars of constructed projects for UW including the $53 million renovation of Witte Hall, the $42 million Gordon Commons, $47 million Dejope & Leopold Residence Halls and $46 million Meat Muscle Science facility. Most recently, Stu has acted as a senior project manager for one of the area’s most active design / build firms.

Stu is a proven leader who communicates effectively, thinks critically, believes in the collaborative power of teams and understands the importance of fierce advocacy for the clients he serves.

An Expanded Vision for the Future of Racine Lutheran High School

The increased interest for a private school experience has been fueling the need for new and expanded spaces at Racine Lutheran High School (RLHS). RLHS engaged Zimmerman for help improving the experience of current students and expanding their existing facility to accommodate enrollment growth and enhance RLHS’s ability to provide a quality education in this competitive, demanding environment.

The renovation and expansion will enhance educational space and instructional opportunities, provide needed athletic facilities and additional classroom space, and provide better separation of school and athletic spaces for improved security and safety of students, staff and visitors.

New instruction spaces provide needed classroom capacity and more flexible instruction capabilities and options for students and staff. A new gymnasium addition replaces the existing 1950 vintage gym space, with up to date court sizes and interior volume for competition requirements. A larger weight room and fitness facility will better accommodate modern training equipment needs and provide more user space options to improve gender inclusive spaces. This new, more modern athletic space design allows for better conformance to Title 9 requirements (gender parity), appropriately sized locker rooms and support rooms, and better ADA access to and for facility users and visitors.  The new athletic lobby space contains direct access to new ADA compliant public toilet rooms facilities, concessions, and direct access to an expanded cafeteria space for needed additional flexible use options for RLHS.

Our past projects and expertise with building study analysis, practical & creative solutions for renovation/expansion project work, and solutions to address phasing for fundraising driven projects is the reason this project is a great fit for us.  Our goal with every project is to establish a very strong rapport and working relationship with our clients and construction partners from the start. Our passion and drive is to understand and embrace educational facility challenges and vision for creative, effective, and inspirational solutions for our client needs and their school families.

 

 

Greg Strand

Greg Strand

Senior Associate | Architectural Designer for the Education and Worship Studio

greg.strand@zastudios.com

Mr. Strand is a highly experienced planner / designer and project manager with a strong portfolio of completed K-12 education assignments. He works closely with the client and balance of the project team to arrive at appropriate and economic planning and design solutions. His expertise in the plan, design, execution and delivery of educational spaces allows him to seamlessly organize the effort from concept through construction. He coordinates the work of all engineering disciplines and maintains close contact with the client. He is also sensitive to problems which arise in the field and the urgency in which they need to be addressed.