In Brookfield, O&G Industries completed the brand new $78M Candlewood Lake Elementary School in time for the 2023-24 school year. Tecton Architects designed it with all the needs of 21st-century learning in mind, including state-of-the-art classrooms with 85″ SMART boards and designated maker space for STEM projects. About 1,100 students in total will attend the new 148,855-square-foot school. Phase Three of this project is currently underway with the demolition of the old Huckleberry Hill Elementary School to make way for a new parking lot.
The new school consolidated Center Elementary School and Huckleberry Hill Elementary School into a single elementary school, bringing the fifth graders from Whisconier Middle School to the new elementary school.
This environmentally-themed PK-5 school has a unique building layout that embraces the site’s topography. The building and site design integrate wetlands, play areas, learning gardens, rainwater harvesting, and a nature walk to advance student engagement and environmental stewardship.
A separate Early Childhood Center serves grades Pre-K and Kindergarten, while grade-level pods create a neighborhood feel within the building. Nature-themed graphics and wayfinding provide clear direction to early learners and promote identity and ownership of the school. The building is designed to maximize sustainability and promote student wellness, with efficient mechanical systems, improved air quality, and access to natural daylight.