Pope Farm Elementary School Site Development

Photo Credit to JakeRost Photography

Project Description

The Middleton-Cross Plains School District proposed referenda to build, update, and provide for operations, at a total of $143 million in improvements. This project consisted of building a 525-student elementary school next to Pope Farm Conservancy; renovating and expanding Middleton High School; relocating Clark Street Community School to the high school; adding a cafeteria to and renovating Park Elementary School; and converting the current Clark Street Community School building into a 4-year-old kindergarten/early childhood site.

The school is located adjacent to Pope Farm Conservancy, a 102-acre natural area known for its large fields of sunflowers every summer, and built into a hill to preserve panoramic views of the State Capitol and Lake Mendota. The metal and brick exterior materials mimic the landscape of the nearby conservancy, blending the design of the school into its natural surroundings.

Vierbicher worked with the Middleton-Cross Plains School District and the City of Middleton to provide stormwater management, utility design, sidewalks, and roadway infrastructure. The school is built to interact with the conservancy, be low-impact on the land, and provide room for a future middle school.

The school opened during the 2020-2021 school year.


Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)


Madison, Wisconsin




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