The District values the input of the community, staff, parents, and students as we embark on designing four new elementary schools. To gather input, we have formed a design team and process to support the architect's Schematic Design phase - one of three phases of design.
The process will include input from the community and parents via three neighborhood design "visioning" meetings per school. We are also collecting community input regarding the exterior design via an online Thoughtexchange, which is essentially a moderated online conversation platform for folks who maybe can't attend in-person meetings. Additionally, an internal team consisting of the principals of Lincoln, McKinley, Underwood, and Wilson/WSTEM Schools and district administrators will work with the architects and designers from Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA) to serve as liaisons to share information and collect feedback from the staff.
The comprehensive work completed by the community-based Facilities Advisory Committee and the "model school" concept the Committee created will serve as a foundation for the design process.
Each of the four new elementary schools will be based upon a common model "space program" which means each building will generally have the same number and type of rooms and spaces. The unique characteristics of each site and neighborhood will shape the arrangement of those spaces, ultimately resulting in four unique schools based upon one common vision.
MCKINLEY AND WILSON/WSTEM
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING #3 -- PRELIMINARY DESIGN PRESENTATION & FEEDBACK
The architect will present preliminary site layouts for feedback, based on input from the first two meetings and the online community conversation via Thought Exchange.
NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN VISIONING MEETING #2 -- APRIL 17 & 18
Site Design Charrette: The goal of this meeting was to have groups discuss possible site layouts of the building per the parameters/ requirements for each site. Participants broke into groups and worked with models scaled to size to arrange potential layouts they thought would work best and then each group shared their thoughts and strategy with the entire group and architects.
NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN VISIONING MEETING # 1 -- MARCH 19 & 20
Artifact Scavenger Hunt: The goal of this meeting was to identify elements of the current building design that the community appreciates. Participants walked around the building inside and out and came back to share with the group what their thoughts were.
March 7, 2019 - Neighborhood Meetings Announced for McKinley and Wilson/WSTEM
Construction of the new Wilson Elementary/Wauwatosa STEM and Mckinley Elementary Schools won't begin until next summer - 2020 - but the Wauwatosa School District and its architect, Plunkett Raysich Architects, are beginning the community engagement portion of the design process for both schools. The first of three neighborhood meetings for each school will begin the week of March 19. Learn more here.
LINCOLN AND UNDERWOOD
April 18, 2019
On Tuesday, April 18, the District and its architect presented an updated design of Lincoln Elementary School based on the feedback of the City's Design Review Board (DRB) from the last meeting. The DRB said the updated design was a "great improvement" and "major step forward in the right direction". The DRB approved of the stacked kindergarten "wing" and the additional outdoor space that change created. It provided some additional feedback about landscaping on the SE corner of the building and a desire to connect that corner more to community activity. There was also some discussion about what color the panels should be on the east side of the building, aesthetics of the exterior walls of the gym space and general landscaping feedback. The District and its architect will address some of the additional feedback and submit for approval on June 6.
Above: Underwood Ave. View
Below: Wauwatosa Ave View
Above: Close up of main entry area -Underwood Ave. View
Below: View of gym exterior on corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Underwood Ave.
MARCH 11, 2019
The District and its architect, Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA), presented slight modifications to the exterior design of the new Lincoln Elementary School during the Wauwatosa School Board meeting on Monday, March 11.
The tweaks are in response to feedback from members of the City’s Design Review Board, an advisory group of mayor-appointed members tasked with ensuring the exterior design and aesthetic of new construction provides continuity with the surrounding neighborhoods. Read More.
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
The Wauwatosa School Board unanimously approved the Schematic Design - or first phase of design - for the new Lincoln and Underwood Elementary Schools during its meeting on Monday, February 11. Read More
Next Steps: The design plans now move through the City approval process including review by the Design Review Board, the City Plan Commission, and the Common Council for final approval.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING #3 - TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 & WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
At this third meeting, the design and architect team from Plunkett Raysich Architects presented two preliminary design options to the community for feedback.
Lincoln Meeting #3 Summary - Coming Soon!
Underwood Meeting #3 Summary - Coming Soon!
NEIGHBORHOOD VISIONING MEETING # 2 -MONDAY DEC. 17 & TUESDAY, DEC. 18
At this second meeting, neighbors participateD in interactive group exercises regarding the site plans, per the parameters of each site and the requirements that must be met.