Award of Merit - K-12 Education

Patriots Hall is a new high school facility, 111,450-sq-ft in total, on the Brookfield Academy campus.

Photo: Mark Heffron
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A prominent entry tower welcomes building users into a lobby with a skylight, acoustically-isolated student lockers and an open stairway that puts visual emphasis on the college classroom.

The academic wing wraps around a two-story sky-lit library and includes science labs and flexible classroom configurations.

An art department, performing arts studio and two-station gymnasium round-out the academy’s dedication to the arts and athletics in addition to high academic standards.

A significant challenge during the project came when the owner rejected the original modernist design and specifically required that the academy incorporate a prairie style aesthetic into the building.

The design that ultimately resulted from the changes was well received by the owner, the city and the community.

There were a number of significant design and construction hurdles that needed to be overcome in order to get from a modernist aesthetic to a prairie style building without exceeding the budget.

Extensive teamwork and cooperation were required between the team members in order to make that possible.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Brookfield Academy, Brookfield, Wis.
GC: Beyer Construction, New Berlin, Wis.
CM: Beyer Construction, New Berlin, Wis.
Architect: Groth Design Group Inc., Madison, Wis.
Civil Engineer: Losik Engineering Design Group Ltd., Brookfield, Wis.
Structural Engineer: Ambrose Engineering, Cedarburg, Wis.

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