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Berlin Middle School Ready to Welcome First Students

August 17, 2015

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Berlin Middle School Ready to Welcome First Students
Dedication Ceremony Planned for August 20th

(Berlin, WI) – The finishing touches have been made and the new Berlin Middle School is ready for the arrival of students. Before the school year officially begins however, the Berlin Area School District will celebrate its completion and dedicate the school at a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and tour the new school.

Construction of the two-story, 94,000 sq. ft. facility—which is connected to the existing Berlin High School—began in July 2014. “As exciting as it was to break ground last year, this is even better as we prepare this wonderful new facility to welcome its first classes on September 1st,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Eidahl. “We are very happy with the way the project came together and look forward to a great school year in this state-of-the-art building.”

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. worked with school district officials on the planning, design, and construction of the school. “The new middle school features 21st century learning environments for the core subjects," said Catherine Cruickshank, senior project designer with Hoffman. “These rooms include furnishings that support flexible learning environments. The classrooms are easily adaptable for lectures, group and individual work, as well as one-on-one and small breakout areas.”

With a capacity for 375 students, Berlin Middle School also contains spaces for art and music as well as a gymnasium and locker rooms, library/media center, a shared wrestling/cheerleading/multi-purpose room, and a shared weight and cardio area that will also be available for community use, added Cruickshank.

Although attached to the existing high school, Berlin Middle School has its own identity thanks to elements such as a separate building entrance and the color of its brick exterior, which is a combination of the bricks used on the other two schools on the campus (Berlin High School and Clay Lamberton Elementary). According to Matt McGregor, Hoffman project manager, the middle school's physical location will be very beneficial for the district. "Having the middle school connected to the high school will provide the district with operational efficiencies through the use of a number of shared spaces between the two schools, including the kitchen, cafeteria, and tech ed," said McGregor.

The construction of the middle school was part of the school district referendum that was approved by community residents in October 2013, along with expansion of the elementary school and renovation of the high school. Eidahl says preparing the new building for students and staff is special. “We now have the proper facilities to meet the learning needs of our students now and into the future,” Eidahl said. “This is positive growth for the district and the Berlin community.”

Berlin Middle School Facts

• Total building size – 94,224 sq. ft.
• Total construction cost – $13.3 million
• Student capacity – 375
• Number of learning spaces – 24
    - Number of general classrooms – 8
    - Number of specialized classrooms – 4
    - Number of science labs – 3
    - Number of 21st century labs – 2
    - Number of special needs classrooms – 7
• Number of windows – 52 view windows / 18 clerestory windows
• School is expected to be 25% more energy efficient than comparable buildings
• School includes high-performance, energy efficient fixtures designed to decrease water usage
• Majority of regularly occupied spaces have natural light and windows
• Majority of materials used contain recycled content

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Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. is an integrated Total Project Management firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Hoffman’s mission is to make a positive impact on people’s lives and their environment by providing creative ideas and responsible solutions. Total Project Management: Vision Taken to the Power of Green (TPMg), is Hoffman’s exclusive process that integrates efficient, healthy, and cost-effective building solutions that respect the environment while enhancing a building’s quality and value and reducing initial and long-term facility costs. Learn more at www.hoffman.net.

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