Brookfield Central and East High School, Additions and Renovations

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Educating 2,800 high school students in aging facilities, Elmbrook School District undertook an ambitious plan to remain the premier education choice for area residents.

Budget constraints ruled out a new facility. The architectural response achieves the district’s vision of new state-of-the-art schools within the cores ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,800COST PER SQ FT$96.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation shells of existing 1950s- and 1960s-era buildings. The renovation of Brookfield Central and East High Schools includes the repurposing of outdated gymnasiums for expanded fine-arts programs; technologically updated and enlarged classrooms and labs; new gathering and prefunction spaces; and construction of new fieldhouses with event lobbies serving all sporting and assembly events.

In addition to the new 100,000 square feet of Type IIIB exterior load-bearing masonry construction, the project also includes new exterior cladding; replacing every window and door with energy-efficient glazing and entry systems; and installing new central boiler and chiller plants featuring ice-storage systems.

The $62 million project unifies two campuses in modern expressions with a sense of place befitting their traditions of education excellence.