Wisner-Pilger Public School

After a tornado devastated Pilger, Nebraska, in 2014, BVH Architecture defined an educational strategy to recover the 5th & 6th grade campus. From our process, a PK-6 model emerged, creating an accessible and adaptable core of specialized education spaces to compliment surrounding classrooms. This model was inspired by the specific educational approach Wisner-Pilger utilizes.

The building itself has been designed as an educational tool, complete with daylighting, supervision and acoustics balanced against views and accessibilities. The exterior blends with the existing building’s character while elevating the campus experience with outdoor gathering spaces that commemorate local history.

Inside, upper elementary classrooms feature break-out spaces to allow dynamic class settings to merge with adjacent student groups. Unique core spaces are highlighted with materials that add visual texture and depth, as well as opportunities for displaying student work. Several metal panels are laser cut with designs inspired by language, math, local topography and the solar system.

The result is a cutting-edge, 21st century invigorated learning environment that creates opportunities where typical classroom designs fall short.



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Wisner, NE

Year Completed



Wisner-Pilger Public School District


53,000 sq. ft.


  • 2018 Project of Distinction, School Planning and Management
  • 2018 AIA NE Architectural Honor Award

BVH Team