Transcenter / Escuela Verde is a charter school designed for 100 students in grades 7 through 12. The program is based on the “Edvision Project Based Learning Model” in which at-risk students work collaboratively in small groups and with an advisor. Programming is designed to attract students interested in sustainability, student-led learning and restorative justice. The mission of the school is to respond not only to academic progress, but the health of the whole child, and the community in which they live.
The project involved the adaptive reuse of a two story, 11,000 square foot aging and vacant warehouse in Milwaukee’s inner city. Space use is highly flexible to provide for maximum opportunity to respond to changing program needs.
Groth Design Group has developed a master plan for a new K-8 school on the existing site which includes the school, school additions and a potential new church.
The architecture of the building is complements the existing church, but at the same time gives the building a sense of youth through the use of modern design elements.
The 62,570 SF building houses a K-8 two track school with approximately 500 students. The design includes a gym, library, daycare, school offices and support functions.
Classroom expansion will be possible at both wings of the school. A cafeteria is also planned as a future phase adjacent to the gym.
The Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship in Mequon, Wisconsin, is poised to be one of the most important higher education environmental studies buildings in the country. Located immediately adjacent to Lake Michigan’s shores, this building provides a unique and unprecedented site for studying the lake shoreline and the Great Lakes watershed. Looking beyond higher education, the center will also provide environmental studies programs for local school groups and other members of the community. Focusing on responsible stewardship of land, water, energy and materials, the Center has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the USGBC.
Patriots Hall / New High School
Patriots Hall is the latest expansion of the Brookfield Academy campus. Designed for 500 students, 9th through 12th grades, the 111,450 SF building is the visual center of the campus. The facility unifies the variety of current building styles while also conforming to the strict design regulations of the City of Brookfield.
The new facility provides an academic wing wrapped around a day-lit two-story library, science labs, and flexible classroom configurations. Other wings house the art department and a performing-arts studio.
A prominent entry tower welcomes building users into a lobby with skylight and open stairway and a dedicated student locker bank. The two-station gymnasium is served by a variety of locker rooms and storage areas, and has direct connection to the cafeteria/commons, which opens onto the landscaped patio at the main entrance.
A future phase is designed to incorporate an auditorium with stage and fly-loft, backstage dressing rooms, storage, and workshop. A third gymnasium station will also be included as part of that phase.
Addition and Remodel Concept
The existing cafeteria is comprised of two dining spaces separated by the kitchen. The combined dining rooms are inadequate to house the student population and the arrangement of functions creates significant difficulty in overall management of the food service program. The proposed concept reconfigures the various functions to provide a unified dining space supportive of the efficient and effective delivery of meals in a far more comfortable and manageable setting. The project also provides for a more efficient and pleasant entry adjacent to student parking. The overall project calls for 12,000 SF of remodeled space and an addition of 7,000 SF.
Library Information Commons
The project at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin includes three separate areas: The first area includes remodeling of locker rooms to accommodate a larger team “chalk-talk” area, additional ADA-accessible toilet fixtures and individual shower areas. The second area is a remodel of the first floor existing library to embrace a “Library Information Commons” concept. This approach provides students with a more flexible environment responding to current multi-media research options, different (and changing) individual and group study needs, improved circulation and research staff desk area, and integrates a small coffee-bar area. Finally, the project addresses a pressing need for additional office space by converting a number of small, under-utilized spaces into staff offices.
Elementary School Master Plan
The desire to improve the quality of its educational facilities prompted the St. Francis of Assisi Parish to combine its two elementary schools and one middle school into a new 21st century, 80,000 SF facility for 550 students.
The design of the school building has a strong indoor/outdoor connection to the natural setting of the site. Generous areas of glazing provide views of the natural landscape as one walks through the facility. Classroom wings are grouped by grade level and oriented to take advantage of day lighting opportunities as well as views into landscaped courtyards.
Other program and support spaces include science, art, music, library, computer lab, gymnasium, stage, kitchen and cafeteria. A separate chapel will also be provided. The master plan includes provisions for gymnasium and classroom expansions as well as construction of a new worship facility.
New K8 School
St. Jerome’s Parish plans include expansion into a multi-phase school and worship space. Growing needs and a changing area make it necessary to reach out into the community and provide a larger and more efficient school. The design of the school building, developed from a study of the site conditions, blends with this rural setting plus the neighboring residential and institutional properties. A natural wetland at the Southeast portion of the site and an engineered detention pond enhance onsite water retention and quality. Ball fields for the church and school bring in families from the surrounding communities. The building houses a K-8 two track school with approximately 500 students. The design includes a gym, cafeteria, and library as well as all office and support functions. It is arrayed to maximize solar gain during late autumn, winter, and early spring, while providing enhanced cross ventilation during warm weather. The masonry building is structured to carry the load of a second story should it be needed in the future. Recyclable materials, including stained concrete floors, have been used in this project.
K8 Master Plan
This new K8 school is the second of a two-phase church and school project of 120,000 SF. St. Gabriel Catholic Church consolidated in 2003 to serve the merger of three existing area parishes. The master plan developed at that time reflects the long term needs of the parish and their K8 education program. The plan was updated in 2013 and supports the initial assessment of needs identified in 2003. Modifications have been made due to changes in educational program delivery implemented in the last decade and the challenge of budget restrictions. Groth Design Group continues to work with the parish to help provide solutions for growth and implementation.
Completed in 2010, this 17,100 SF addition to the existing school building includes a new main entry with vestibule, lobby/commons space, lounge seating area, two classrooms with toilet rooms and storage ares, offices, a single-station gymnasium with changing rooms and gym storage, concessions area/warming kitchen, toilet rooms, and mechanical area.
K8 Master Plan
Palm Coast, Florida
This 89,000 SF concept will accommodate daycare, preschool and kindergarten through 8th grade students on a very restrictive site. The solution is a multi-story facility planned in a manner allowing for phased development. The concept also responds to the need to reduce the impact of storm water and to provide opportunities for environmental education.
Elementary School Remodel
Built in the 1890s, this wholly remodeled school provides educational services for 3K through 2nd grade in 11,660SF on three floors.
New state-of-the-art classrooms are supplemented by spaces appropriately remodeled for programs in music, art, foreign language, computers and a before and after school program. Renewal of the facility complies with all requirements of the Milwaukee Historical Preservation Commission.