A Waterford School District referendum to overhaul their mid-1960s-era middle school doubled the building size and expanded the campus to include sixth-graders, for a total of 500 students. Atmosphere worked closely with school administrators and Plunkett Raysich Architects to select furniture solutions that fit the needs of a variety of new and updated spaces, including the commons area, collaboration areas, library and media center, classrooms, and various school offices. Our role was to design within the budget while also giving school users and staff everything they desired for the spaces.
The Fox River Middle School project offered unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Atmosphere was processing the school’s furniture orders as Wisconsin school districts went into lockdown, and product availability became a concern as manufacturers closed or were only allowed to provide for essential businesses. The Atmosphere team managed all vendor lead times and met the school district goal of delivery and installation by the start of the Fall 2020 semester.