Proj Overview

Project Overview

The Brown Deer School District, as part of a consolidation of High School and Middle School, was in need of a new field house. The new 42,000 square foot structure seats 2,000 and includes a 4 station gym, 4 practice courts, pole vault and long jump areas, a fitness center,160 meter running track, batting cages, and climbing wall.

Too often field houses look like large boxes. For the Brown Deer project, the design team embraced the unique design possibilities offered with precast to “dress up” the box, according to architect Scott Davis.

Precast Solution

Inspired by rays of sunlight that are part of the school’s logo, colorful patterns are featured in architectural, insulated precast panels, which alternate with structural panels on the exterior. Panels are staggered in and out further breaking the box and allowing slots of glass which bring in daylight.

The flexible and fluid nature of precast was the perfect enclosure solution, says Davis.


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Project Team


Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP 


Arnold & O'Sheridan, Inc. (Brookfield, Wisconsin) 


C.G. Schmitt 


Brown Deer School District 

Architectural Precaster

International Concrete Products, Inc. 

Structural Precaster


Precast Specialty Engineer

Losch Engineering Corporation

Key Project Attributes

  • Precast chosen for its unique design possibilities, speed of construction, long-term durability and low maintenance 
  • Meeting a tight schedule, precast was installed in only 50 days   
  • Produced locally the precast components contributed to the project’s sustainability
  • Offers protection from severe weather, insects and fire   
  • Three different mixes used in the architectural panels 
  • Precaster had to pour one mix at a time, lay down insulation and place insulation pins before the first mix set up
  • Workers had just 45 minutes from the time the first mix was poured to place the insulation pins

Project/Precast Scope

  • 31 insulated architectural wall panels totaling 10,700 square feet   
  • Architectural panels measure 10 feet by 40 feet   
  • Panel wythes are 3/3/10 inches and have an R-15 rating   
  • Architectural panels have an acid wash finish    
  • Dye was added to the precast to make 3 different colors: buff, tan and dark brown