First Immanuel Lutheran School / School of the Future



GDG_FIL1-(1).pngFirst Immanuel Lutheran School in Cedarburg, WI is an uplifting transformation, recognized as one of our Schools of the Future.

Their school facility was outdated and suffered from multiple additions and mismatched interiors. They desired a lively interior environment that supported student growth and facilitated 21st Century Learning.

Groth Design Group designed a 31,000-sf building addition including 14 new classrooms of Pre-K through 5th grade, grouped around two age-segregated Learning Streets. The design of the addition supports growth, increased collaboration and innovation by creating a variety learning environments.  The team carefully balanced security, transparency and access to daylight by creating security barriers with inner areas that are glassy and open. 

Twenty- First Century Learning elements were integral to this design. Large operable glass garage doors were integrated into classrooms to allow for full flexibility. When opened, classrooms transform into large group areas for collaboration. The spaces include white board glass to further encourage student and teacher engagement.

GDG_FIL7-(2).jpgWindow seats are offered in each classroom as additional student spaces to learn and read. The large windows provide an immense amount of daylight that filters through classrooms and overflows into Learning Streets. 

Large areas of space in the Learning Streets were in need of definition for partner, team and individual learning. Patcraft’s carpet tiles, Color Block, Color Pop and Cube and Colour, allowed for bold, expressive cues for staff of how and where to arrange furniture.  Flexible furnishings create spaces that are easily transformed for multiple uses. The incorporation of picnic tables and benches creates a playful environment for kids to collaborate and double as focused space for small learning groups.  The mobile wood lockers allow for the Learning Street to be reconfigured into a large group area, with a drop-down screen and black out shades for presentations. These spaces also allow gatherings for chapel each week, and after-school church group use.

The first floor houses 3rd through 5th grades with a goal of a more mature design palette that includes school colors of red and black with sophisticated organic patterning. The second floor houses 4k, 5k, 1st and 2nd grades. This floor sought to express a more lively set up of spaces and incorporates an expanded, youthful color palette and geometric shapes.

GDG_FIL4.jpgWayfinding is achieved through fluid floor patterning and colored classroom entries, drawing you through the Learning Streets and corridors and into classrooms full of color, texture and pattern.  The second floor corridor flooring was designated to provide visual cues to support student organization.  Patcraft’s Cube and Colour flooring insets at classroom entries are echoed by accent paint on walls at both the entry and inside the classroom.  First floor acoustical circular ceiling clouds help define targeted team spaces and wood planked ceiling areas call out classroom entries. 

Screen-Shot-2021-02-04-at-9-21-13-AM.pngWithin the footprint of the demolished school wing, a landscaped exterior courtyard was created to provide multiple settings for outdoor learning and a secure play area for the students. The views into this courtyard provide views of native grasses, walking paths and learning stations. The exterior of the addition presents a contemporary façade reflecting the innovative learning environment within, while using a blend of materials drawn from the multiple previous building additions to create a cohesive and unified campus design.

Patcraft’s palette of bold colors and playful patterns was a key component of the interior design and helped transform these new learning spaces. 

We are proud to be a part of transforming the learning environment for the students of First Immanuel Lutheran School. 

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