MILWAUKEE – To showcase innovation in learning environments, EUA produced a short video highlighting the new 152,000 sq ft Waunakee Intermediate School, which incorporates an agrarian theme with a focus on community, flexible learning spaces, and sustainable design. Watch the video to see the impact collaborative learning design is having on students and staff in Waunakee. The video can be found on eua.com as well as at the following link:
Completed in August 2016, EUA worked closely with Waunakee Community School District (WCSD) to develop a school that addressed the needs of the rapidly growing community and reflected the rich history and values of .
“My favorite part about the new school is the villages and collab spaces,” Waunakee student Emily Acker states in the video. “You don’t just have to work in your classrooms; you can work in different areas of the school.”
The school features enhanced flexibility for future accommodation as education continues to evolve and the student population continues to grow. EUA strategically created collaborative learning spaces between classrooms as well as outside, increasing flexibility and allowing for consistent student and teacher engagement.
Recognizable throughout the video, the school design is inspired by the patchwork farm fields it is built on. The exterior glass resembles the unique patterns of surrounding crops and the interior represents the natural elements that aid growth including sun, wind, water and earth.
“It still amazes me how it fits into the surroundings. It really does blend into the farm fields,” said School Board President Joan Ensign.
Waunakee Intermediate School was recognized as a Top Project of 2016 by the Daily Reporter. Other awards received include: In Business Magazine Commercial Design Award: Best New Development or Renovation – Education, In Business Magazine Commercial Design Award: Best Green-Built Project, and In Business Magazine Commercial Design Award: Project of the Year.