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Waunakee Community School District

After extensive research and community input, Waunakee Community School District (WCSD) and EUA developed a long-range Facilities Master Plan that aligned with the priorities of a growing community, addressed flexibility needs through financially responsible solutions. Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) provided critical analysis of district-wide facilities and programming, as well as planning and design for a new intermediate school and renovations to existing schools.

WCSD construction projects included a new, 156,000 sq ft, 700-student capacity intermediate school (grades 5 to 6), with adaptability for future expansion, and additions/renovations to two elementary schools to increase capacity, create secure entries, and add flexibility to core learning, special education and recreational spaces. 

The new intermediate school design is inspired by the patchwork of farm fields it is built on. The exterior glass resembles the unique patterns of local farm fields and the interior represents the natural elements that aid the surrounding crops including sun, wind, water and earth. The learning environments feature enhanced flexibility for future repurposing as education continues to evolve.

Watch the video to see the impact collaborative learning design is having on students and staff.

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Status: Built
Location: Waunakee, WI, US
Firm Role: Planning, programming, architecture and interior design
Additional Credits: Photography copyright: C&N Photography, LLC