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From Vision to Reality: Building Christian Education Leadership Academy

Brian and Nancy Nahey dreamed of developing an exceptional academy with a Christian foundation for motivated students and families. Brian, a West Allis, WI native and CEO of Pewaukee, WI-based Venturedyne, a firm that owns and manages manufacturing companies, first had the idea while living on campus in Northwestern University’s scholarship house. Now, decades later, the Naheys have seen that idea come full circle. The Christian Education Leadership Academy (CELA) welcomed its first students at the start of the 2015-16 school year in Pewaukee, WI – less than 30 minutes west of Milwaukee.

Brian’s original vision resulted in establishing a learning environment where each student continually learns, leads and excels. The Christian 4K-8th grade academy stands apart from any other as they are meeting the unique needs of families from all denominations who are seeking an exceptional education for their children. CELA stands on three pillars: academic excellence, comprehensive Christian values and character formation, and strong leadership development.

Prior to the first day of school, both the school’s educational team and the construction team celebrated the grand opening. It took dedication and hard work from both teams to make the school a reality. With a vision and basic architectural designs, general contractor Catalyst Construction, along with subcontractor WallTech, determined how to turn the vision into a reality. According to Justin Gelhausen of WallTech, "The project was complex because of the design and the timing. We couldn’t have completed the job on time without support from both NextGen Supply — who sometimes delivered three truckloads of product a day — and USG’s design team who actually designed the barrel vault ceiling in the chapel for us and provided product support as we installed it."

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"The success of both the project itself and the inclusion of USG products can be attributed to USG’s focus on building relationships. Over the years, we’ve built solid partnerships with both NexGen Building Supply and WallTech. We all worked together to get the job completed in less than a year allowing the school to open for the 2015-16 school year." ― Todd Morawski, USG Account Representative

"USG provides top-notch customer support both over the phone and on-site. It’s far better than what other building products manufactures offer. It’s one of the main reasons why I continue to use their products." — Justin Gelhausen, WallTech

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People Involved

- Justin Gellhausen WallTech

- NexGen Supply

- Brian Nahey, CEO, Pewaukee

- Nancy Nahey

Project Scope

"...To develop an exceptional academy with a Christian foundation for motivated students and families. "

Special Factors

The greatest challenge of this build was creating the barrel vault ceiling in the chapel. There wasn’t a specified plan for its design, so the contractor turned to USG’s ceilings team to bring the vision to life. Within a few weeks the design was approved and the ceiling was installed efficiently with the support of USG’s team.