DeForest Area School District

DeForest, WI

The District engaged Findorff to work with their leadership team and architect to finalize scope for $41 million in district-wide improvements. Findorff provided budgeting, scheduling services, and referendum leadership in the process.

The referendum was passed in April 2016 and Findorff began work immediately as Construction Manager on the project. The scope of work includes remodeling and expansion at Windsor Elementary School; a new Eagle Point Elementary School; addressing safety concerns at Yahara Elementary School; and expansion and improvements at the High School and Middle School for improved Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) space.

Throughout construction, the high school underwent an addition and numerous renovations to include new areas for STEM, technical education and agri-science

  • 15,800 square feet
  • Active science classroom includes cord drops and pendulum mounts for experiments, and feature fume hoods and epoxy countertops

Project included extensive renovations for new STEM space and technical education. Additional work included:

  • Painting and general maintenance
  • Installation of casework and HVAC equipment

The new 91,260-square-foot K-4 school is being built on the same site as an existing school with phased construction ensuring minimal disruption. Once construction is completed, the existing building will be demolished. Features include:

  • Secured entry
  • Safer separation of bus and parent traffic
  • Courtyard space to provide additional outdoor learning and play
  • Estimated completion: July 2017

Construction includes a 63,500-square-foot, one-story addition to the current elementary school. The addition will incorporate the following:

  • Secured entry
  • A new kindergarten area
  • Additional classroom space
  • Gymnasium, cafeteria and administrative offices

Additionally, the renovation work includes the remodeling of current classrooms and library space. This multi-phased project includes the following:

  • 106,967 square feet
  • Safer separation of bus and parent traffic
  • Demoliton of oldest section after completion of work
  • Estimated completion: Phase 1 – March 2017; Phase 2 – August 2017

Completed in August 2016, work included the reconfiguration of office space in order to better support a secured entrance. Additionally, the project included:

  • Secured entry
  • New exterior and interior glass installation
  • Painting and general maintenance
  • Safer separation of bus and parent traffic

Category /

K-12 Education

Attributes /

Additions and Remodels
New Construction
Sustainable Building

Architect /

Bray Architects