Stimulating the mind as well as the body, Lakeland School in Elkhorn, WI serves as the special needs school for students of Walworth County from kindergarten through high school. Exceeding ADA standards, the school features bright colors and designs throughout the building, giving students inspiration and motivation. The courtyard, which is situated in the center of the entire structure, is a safe, fun learning environment for students. The courtyard has a play area, colorful cement walkways, plants and small trees, a fountain, sun shade, and amphitheater.
The interior of the building includes: large classrooms, music area, art area, industrial arts, library, integrated media center (IMC), labs, physical therapy, and a full kitchen with cafatorium. The home economics area has a full kitchen and apartment area to teach students life skills. To meet the physical needs of the students, there are two therapy pools and a two-station gymnasium. In addition, each classroom is fitted with a smartboard and a special security system encases the building.
The red brick exterior exhibits interesting patterns and cedar timbers accent the building. A large, long canopy, located at the front entrance, protects students from the weather when arriving and departing. Additionally, the well-landscaped exterior grounds have an athletic field and a paved play area. And as a project highlight, 82% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled.