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La Follette Alum Leads Referendum Construction as MMSD Architect

Alisa Brown walked the halls of La Follette High School every day as a student before graduating in 2003. Today she’s walking the same hallways, but this time as an architectural assistant in MMSD, designing and organizing the school’s 2020 referendum construction.

Pre-referendum, Brown collaborated with the design teams and stakeholder groups to develop the referendum construction plan and connect with the community during informational sessions. With construction now underway, Brown is representing Building Services at both La Follette and Memorial’s construction meetings, and will serve as representative for Hoyt, the future site of Capital High School. She’s also the MMSD connection for the referendum furniture purchases at all six sites.

“I was so excited to apply [for the role]. The job description spoke directly to my interests, and tending to the facilities that serve Madison was aligned to my values,” Brown said. “Many days, working at MMSD Building Services feels like working in a design-build firm with our in-house trades and engineers. Having been a student in a handful of our buildings was a huge bonus when onboarding.”

Construction is in full swing at La Follette this summer, including crucial behind-the-scenes updates to the school’s almost 60-year-old mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. While Building Services employees’ skill and depth in repairing the systems has kept them operating “long past their projected life,” their overall condition, environmental factors, and goals of installing mechanical air conditioning for all sites required an update, Brown said.

“It’s no surprise that I’m very excited for La Follette’s transformation,” Brown said. “Returning the Welcome Center entrance to the traditional main entrance of the school, along Pflaum Road, is going to be a wonderful change. There is so much to be excited about!”

Other La Follette plans include combining the commons and cafeteria into one comprehensive gathering space and enclosing the pit between the A and B wings to create useful classroom space.

As a La Follette Lancer herself, Brown can ensure the school is an enriching, quality space for all students for generations to come.