The Wausau School District recognized a need for replacement of the aging Stettin Elementary School. As part of a district-wide building and remodeling program, plans were made for the 50,000 square foot facility to be constructed on a new site.
The new site was prominently situated and unusually shaped, encouraging the development of two distinct circulation/arrival sequences. One sequence was designed for parent drop-offs and visitor parking, while the other accommodates bus loading and staff parking.
The school was developed with two wings: one primary (K-2) and the other housing grades three - five. The core support areas of the building are designed to accommodate future expansion to a three-section school. Each wing has a pair of resource rooms that are adjacent to the classrooms.
The two wings meet at the centrally located IMC and Technology Lab. The IMC incorporates a storytelling theater area and provides abundant natural lighting and a view of Rib Mountain.
The main entrance offers immediate access to the offices, IMC, multi-purpose room, parent resource area and the gymnasium. These areas remain accessible to the public outside of regular school hours.