La Crosse, Wisconsin
Architect: Bray Architects
Owner: School District of La Crosse
Contractor: Fowler & Hammer, Inc.
Northside Elementary School is an 87,000 sf, two-story PreK-5 elementary school in La Crosse, WI. The new building replaces two smaller schools and was designed to maximize efficiencies on a tight urban site.
The site was divided into three section: a public play area/field turf plaza located off the main public street to be used by the community all year long; the building itself which stretches across the middle portion of the site, with a main East-West corridor that links drop off entrances located on the two bordering side streets; and the central circulation spine which provides a connection through the building for access to the parking lot and the gym.
Two internal light courts provide natural daylight to all learning spaces and many corridors. Additionally, the courtyards allow for safe and secure outdoor spaces for outside education, expanded cafeteria seating, and a kindergarten playground.
Photos: Bill Kult and Jack Flieg