St. Mary Springs Academy

St Mary’s Springs Academy (formerly The Fond du Lac Area Catholic Education System and St
Mary’s Springs Catholic High School) engaged Zimmerman to develop a master plan and later provide full design services to consolidate three elementary and middle schools into one campus and take advantage of shared resources. The new educational campus nurtures the minds and spirits of students from K-4 through 12th grade.

Zimmerman studied ten options for the Academy and worked with the city, county, and state to help progress and finalize the preferred solution. The project included a major renovation of the high school, a new auditorium and gymnasium, and a new K-6 school.


Fond du Lac, WI


100,000 sq.ft. | 90,000 sq.ft.

Services Provided:

Architectural Planning and Design, Structural Analysis, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Stu LaRose


Vice President | Director, Education and Worship

As part of a transition in firm leadership, Stu returned to Zimmerman to lead our Education and Worship Studio. For more than a decade, early in his career, Stu acted as a project architect and project manager on many of the firm’s most notable education projects. This includes the multiple award-winning University of Wisconsin-Mechanical Engineering addition and renovation and University of Wisconsin Fluno Center for Executive Education projects. He also completed work for several private college and university institutions as well as K-12 school districts around the state.

In addition to his early career experiences, Stu also has nearly a decade of experience as a senior facilities architect and project manager with the University of Wisconsin Office of Capital Planning and Development. In that role, Stu participated in all aspects of project development for the University of Wisconsin – from concept request through agency occupancy. He managed the delivery of more than a quarter billion dollars of constructed projects for UW including the $53 million renovation of Witte Hall, the $42 million Gordon Commons, $47 million Dejope & Leopold Residence Halls and $46 million Meat Muscle Science facility. Most recently, Stu has acted as a senior project manager for one of the area’s most active design / build firms. Stu holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.