Brown Deer High School

Brown Deer, WI Education

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"Spancrete was a true partner in this project. They knew we had a tight schedule and unique design and building requirements. Using Spancrete for the field house allowed for quick installation with the highest quality building materials."
- Dan Duerrwaechter, Project Manager CG Schmidt

The Brown Deer School District was facing considerable challenges when they reached out to the community for help in creating a plan that would provide students with a quality 21st century education. The resulting plan called for the demolition of an outdated elementary school, which allowed the district to direct renovation efforts to their two remaining schools. Spancete helped create a safe, strong, durable and eye-catching precast field house as part of the restructuring process for the combined middle/high school.

The first thing you notice when you approach the school are the playful patterns featured in some of the panels on the field house. Inspired by rays of sunlight that are part of the school’s logo, the architectural precast panels were finished with a pattern that interpreted these rays. Various colors were incorporated into the panels to enhance the strong and playful pattern. The result is a truly unique and exciting design – perfectly placed on a field house that promises an exciting array of team sports.

These panels were offset with structural panels that brought a more serious side to the project. The panels were staggered in and out with the architectural panels to allow for the addition of controlled natural lighting. Narrow panes of glass were incorporated into the field house to capture controlled daylight.

Precast was chosen for this project for its design options, durability, speed of construction and low maintenance needs. The design team embraced some of the unique design possibilities offered with architectural precast to dress up the field house so it didn’t look like a large box.

Collaboration between precasters, contractor and all building trades allowed seamless execution of the building process. Precast produced locally is a truly sustainable building material that helped fulfill the project’s green building requirements while offering unique design flexibility. Since the school is also designed to serve as the centerpiece of the community, the protection precast offers from severe weather, insects and fire makes it the ideal building material.

The new field house can seat about 2,000 people and includes four basketball courts, a 160-meter track, four volleyball courts, eight badminton courts, a climbing wall, pole vault and long jump areas, and a new fitness center.

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  • Designing a structure for the future was of the utmost importance to the building team. Budget requirements today and for the life of the structure meant collaboration with all trades and team members. Precast provided the durable, efficient, beautiful and safe exterior structure to meet the needs of the community.
  • Tight scheduling was required for this project. Communication and careful scheduling of all partners allowed the project to meet its aggressive time schedule. The precast section of the field house was installed in only 50 days! Given weather and interior build-out needs, seamless execution of this construction timeline was of the utmost importance to all members of the building team.

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Architect: Plunkett Raysich Architects

Engineer: Arnold and O’Sheridan, Inc.

General Contractor: C.G. Schmitt



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