Fox Valley Lutheran High School|
Miller Wagner Coehen McMahon
1445 McMahon Drive, Neenah, WI 54956
Lead Design Architect
2100 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54301
Total Square Feet: 216,322
Construction Period: Mar 1999 to Aug 2000
General Contractor: James Calmes & Son - N2193 Bodde Road, Kaukauna, WI 54130
Structural Engineer: Miller Wagner Coenen McMahon - 1445 McMahon Drive, Green Bay, WI 54956
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Somerville, Inc. - 2100 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54301
Mechanical Contractor: August Winter & Sons, Inc. - 2323 N. Roemer Road, Appleton, WI 54913
Electrical Contractor: Buss Electric, Inc. - W6166 Greenville Drive, Greenville, WI 54942
Fox Valley Lutheran High School is a new 215,000 square foot, 750 student capacity facility, located on a 68-acre campus. Students attending this parochial high school come from Lutheran feeder schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin.
The Building Committee instructed the architect to incorporate both the school's religious mission and the regional diversity of student population into the building design in a manner which differentiated this facility from its secular counterparts.
The architect took advantage of the sloping site by creating a split-level design, where the junction point between floor levels features a grand staircase and cantilevered overlook of the Commons. The plan is given clarity by a circulation axis that pierces the building from its easternmost public entrance westward, culminating at the Media Center within the heart of the facility. It is at this location where the architect introduced natural light through clerestory elements, and widened the corridors to create student socialization spaces. Around this central Media Center are four academic "houses", arranged in an manner that enables clear wayfinding for students, faculty and visitors, and reduces walking distances between classes. At various points within the building, the architect has placed pertinent Scriptural passages that serve to remind students and faculty of the religious emphasis within their curriculum. The 900-proscenium, is utilized daily by the student body for chapel service. The main administrative entrance features a plaza defined by a semicircular brick wall, including cut stones inscribed with the names and cities of the 38 regional congregations, which comprise the Federation of Churches supporting the high school. This semicircular masonry wall serves to welcome and remind all who enter the facility of the regional support which the school receives, while at the same time, defines an exterior gathering space for students. At the center of the plaza is the school crest, which is laser cut into concrete.
The design solution focuses upon a 60-foot tall masonry bell tower to express the school's religious mission. Central to the bell tower's design are the intricate masonry slotted openings defined by double rowlock brick, which form a contemporary and elegant cross. A steel tube lattice framed with brick masonry on two sides allows the sound developed by the carillion to reflect off of the masonry surfaces and carry out over the campus. People entering the facility walk directly beneath and through the symbolic tower.
Due to the size of the overall facility, the architect felt the need to break the building down to a more human scale by creating a series of smaller architectural elements. Through the use of brick pediment projections, the building reads as a series of smaller structures forming a neighborhood of residential scale buildings. This pediment form was separated as part of a theme throughout the building, not only on the exterior, but also within the interior as well in flooring patterns, soffits, and wall treatments.
Educators are calling Fox Valley Lutheran High School a prototypical 21st century parochial facility due to its expression of religious mission, efficient floor plan, clear wayfinding, and elegant use of traditional materials in a contemporary architectural style.
DIV 04: Brick: The Belden Brick
DIV 05: Steel Joists: Vulcraft.
DIV 07: Insulation: DOW, Owens Corning; EIFS: STO; Single-Ply Membrane Roof: Carlisle.
DIV 08: Aluminum Entrances: Kawneer; Windows: Moduline; Overhead Doors: Overhead Door Co.; Auto-matic Door Operators: Dor-O-Matic; Wood Doors: Algoma Hardwoods.
DIV 09: Porcelain Tile: Crossville Ceramics; Ceramic & Quarry Tile: Dal-Tile; VCT: Armstrong; Vinyl Base: Johnsonite; Carpet: Shaw, Patcraft; Epoxy Flooring: Dex-O-Tex FlakeFloor; Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum; Acoustic Wall Panels:
Conwed DesignScape; Acoustical Ceilings:
Armstrong; Paint: ICI Paints.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.
DIV 16: Fluorescent Lights: Williams, Prescolite, KIM.