Built in 1976 and last renovated in 1997, Baraboo’s Jack Young Middle School was in need of modernization. A 2019 referendum included repairs, renovations, and an expansion of the middle school as part of the school district master plan.

Upon award of the furniture request for proposal, Atmosphere worked closely with CG Schmidt, the District Administrator and School Principal to develop furniture solutions throughout and coordinate finishes to blend with interior architecture. The process started in Spring 2020 with faculty user group sessions and student surveys to determine needs, followed by the installation of five pilot classrooms and follow-up surveys to evaluate their effectiveness.

The updated and expanded facility offers extensive access to natural light, an abundance of student collaboration spaces, modern classrooms, and functional, secure administration areas. Furniture and integrated technology allow for flexibility in classrooms and collaborative areas, enhancing communication and student engagement.

The Atmosphere team is proud to be a part of this dynamic school transformation, and to be an ongoing partner of the Baraboo School District.

Architect: EUA
General Contractor: CG Schmidt
Photographer: C&N Photography


    1. Generally speaking, social spaces, such as a cafeteria, are designed to encourage student interaction and social development. This dedicated activity hub delivers an inviting atmosphere and includes a variety of gathering spaces to support the school’s goals and student needs. School Districts that need to create more value out of their real estate use cafeterias as multi-purpose spaces beyond the lunch period; for group discussion, a space away from a classroom, various study halls, etc. Occasionally districts need to reduce the number of lunch periods, and request larger spaces to accommodate more students per period.

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