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West Bend Silverbrook School

West Bend School District, after completing a 25 year facilities plan that analyzed both physical conditions and the program structure of the district, engaged Zimmerman to complete several design projects. In a major program shift, the district converted its 6th Grade – 8th Grade middle school format to one with a single intermediate school for all of the district’s 5th & 6th graders. For core subjects—English, math, science and social studies—three teachers and their students share three classrooms and small group rooms around a flexible living room-like space. These innovative classroom clusters provide small-scaled homes for the school’s large population of fifth and sixth graders. Elsewhere, specialized spaces for language, art, orchestra and more provide resources not usually available to fifth-graders.

The complicated transformation of Silverbrook from a middle school to an intermediate school for up to 1,000 students nearly doubled the size of the building while school remained in session. The project added 75,000 square feet of state-of-the-art education space and renovated the existing 90,000 square feet.  The project was ultimately completed on time and nearly $1 million below budget.

Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

Size: 95,000 s.f. (addition) + 83,000 s.f. (renovation/remodeling)

Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Mechanical, and Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Completion Date(s): 2017

Contractor/Construction Manager: VJS Construction

Doug Barnes, AIA

Doug Barnes, AIA

Vice President | Education & Religious Facilities Studio Director

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