A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Wilson/WSTEM Elementary School on Friday, May 29, 2020, in continuation of a $124.9 million facilities referendum project that will replace four elementary schools built in the early 1900s and to address prioritized needs at all other District schools.
The ceremony was attended by several members of the Wauwatosa School Board, Superintendent Dr. Ertl and building principal Michael Heun, along with members of the Plunkett Raysich Architects design team, and the VJS Construction team. The group broke ground while observing social distancing guidelines and wearing District-branded masks. The District also broadcast the event on Facebook to allow members of the community to participate virtually. Photos of the event can be found here.
The new Wilson/WSTEM Elementary School building will provide enhanced security to maximize the abilities of students and staff, flexible learning spaces that drive increased creativity and collaboration, accessibility that enables every student, family and member of the community to participate equally in school and recreation functions, and more comfortable buildings with regulated temperatures and improved air quality.
“These improvements support our commitment to fostering an inclusive community and closing the opportunity gap,” said Dr. Phil Ertl, Wauwatosa School District superintendent. “By creating a more welcoming, safe, inclusive and equitable school environment, we will more effectively empower our students and staff to achieve their goals.”
The building design was created by Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP and will be executed by VJS Construction Services. The property is scheduled for completion in summer 2021.