New Construction

Wisconsin District Completes $35M Middle School

The Burlington Area School District in Burlington, Wis., recently announced that construction is complete on a new middle school. Karcher Middle School covers about 145,000 square feet and has a capacity of more than 700 students grades six through eight. The facility was designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects and built by general contractor and construction management company Scherrer Construction.

The new facility replaces the existing Karcher Middle School, which was built in 1924 and required so many upgrades that building a new facility was the more feasible option. The new school features amenities like modern security features, a gymnasium, fitness rooms and locker rooms, a library, staff office space and a cafeteria. It will also have dedicated classroom space for STEM, art, special education, band and choir.

“The Burlington Area School District continues to grow, and we’re excited to be able to help them do that with the best equipment and learning technology available,” said Dan Bay, senior project manager of Scherrer Construction. “As learning continues to evolve, Scherrer is proud to be at the forefront of creating enhanced learning spaces for children to excel in school.”

The new middle school is part of a larger plan to make improvements across the district. The design and construction teams, as well as the school district, also faced delays related to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As is common for many companies in 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting supply chain issues continues to be a challenge in the building sector,” Bay said. “Delays in both materials and manpower impacted our overall schedule. however, due to our strong project team and communication efforts, we were able to hit critical milestones and still finish the project ahead of schedule. As a result of completing the project early, we were able to vet out any issues with the new facility prior to the owner taking occupancy.”

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