The new Meadow View Elementary School in Oconomowoc, Wisc., replaces an existing school located within a 1961 seminary building. The seminary had been used as a school for years while also housing the Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) offices. It’s a beautiful building, but it was never meant to be a school.
The seminary building, with its exterior of brick and reinforced concrete, occupies a site with mature trees and wetlands. Different scenarios were considered, including tearing down the building and constructing a new one, but it didn’t make sense to cut down trees or try to move ponds. It became evident that a new site would be better.
Read more about this project in the Winter 2022 issue of Ascent.
The two schools, like the architect’s other early school projects, were masonry buildings. But more recently, for the sake of nimbleness, the architects are specifying steel framing in many classroom areas, a precast second floor for optimum strength, and precast wall panels for the gym.