“Back to School Night” November 3 will mark the official re-opening of Oregon landmark
Oregon, WI, November 1, 2007
Black and white and faded, photos of school dances and basketball games from nearly a century ago tell the story of the early years of one of Oregon’s most recognized buildings. Today, the photos serve as a compelling backdrop for the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Red Brick School as Gorman & Company’s new home office.
“Taking something old and renovating it into a functional, innovative new space is at the core of what we do at Gorman & Company,” said Gary Gorman, President of Gorman & Company. “The Red Brick School has so much history and so much heart, it offered a wonderful starting point for us to make our new home here in Oregon.”
To celebrate the grand re-opening, Gorman & Company will host “Back to School Night” this Saturday, November 3, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. The event offers family, friends and the local community a chance to see how the former Red Brick School has been preserved and converted into a comfortable, fun, and innovative office space, complete with a basketball court, a 1950s-style diner that serves as a break room, a fitness room, and other amenities.
“Based on the reaction we’ve gotten from current employees, we know this is going to be a fun place to work,” said Gorman. “At the end of the day, that’s what is most important to us, and that’s what will help us attract and retain the best and brightest employees.”
Originally built in 1922, the Red Brick School served Oregon for 70 years until the early 1990s. Since then, it has been
used solely for storage by the school district. In 1998, a group of concerned area citizens rallied and successfully had the school listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, proposals have suggested everything from tearing the school down to any number of kinds of commercial use, but nothing stuck until Gorman committed to the project. Because historic renovation is one of the company’s areas of expertise, the rehab of the old school serves a dual purpose as the company’s office headquarters and as a showcase project for their quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Many components of the school have been salvaged and incorporated into the office, including wood doors and trim; Terrazzo and wood flooring; built-in cabinets and selected blackboards; and the original skylight openings. In addition, the windows have been replaced with historically accurate windows, and suspended acoustic ceilings were removed and replaced with drywall ceilings at the original heights.
“It is a terrific blend of old and new,” said Gorman. “You get a great feel for the original structure and purpose of the
building, yet we’ve managed to offer employees a very comfortable and productive atmosphere. And we can’t wait for the rest of the community to see the next incarnation of the Red Brick School.”
Entertainment for Saturday’s “Back to School Night” event will be provided by Joe Scalissi and his Orchestra. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Kathie Bahman at (608) 225-4455 or firstname.lastname@example.org/gormanusa.
Gorman & Company, Inc., headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, and with offices in Milwaukee and Miami, was created in 1984 with a mission to create high-quality housing opportunities. Through its use of public and private partnerships, Gorman & Company specializes in the renovation of historic buildings and renaissance of traditional urban neighborhoods, and is renowned for its quality craftsmanship, dependability, and sensitivity to building communities. For more information or to view its portfolio, please visitwww.GormanUSA.net.