OUR WORK

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, SCHOOL OF MUSIC
IOWA CITY, IOWA
The new 267,000 sf School of Music will include practice rooms, classrooms, offices, a 700-seat concert hall, and a 200-seat recital hall. A glass-wrapped student commons and rehearsal lobby are located near the building’s entrance at a busy urban intersection. These glass-wrapped spaces will showcase to passers-by the creativity and energy within. The innovative exterior is clad in a series of glazed terra cotta panels. The project will be complete in the fall 2016. (In collaboration with: LMN Architects)
PELLA CSD, CAREER ACADEMY OF PELLA
PELLA, IOWA
The unique collaborative project serves students from public and parochial schools, as well as adult learners. Located separate from but adjacent to the High School, the project accommodates a variety of curricula including health application labs, agriculture, horticulture, metals, light construction, and other vocational programs. 2015 AIA IOWA DESIGN AWARD | 2016 AIA CENTRAL STATES DESIGN AWARD
WESTERN DUBUQUE CSD, HIGH SCHOOL GYM ADDITION
CASCADE, IOWA
This extensive renovation and addition project supplied much-needed square footage while resolving longstanding circulation problems. Additions include a new gym, sized for sectional competition, a band/vocal room, and an administrative office. A new exterior skin modernizes and unifies the building’s multiple additions. 2015 AIA IOWA DESIGN AWARD | 2016 AIA CENTRAL STATES DESIGN AWARD
PELLA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, LINCOLN ELEMENTARY
PELLA, IOWA
This new school is being constructed on the site of the existing Lincoln Elementary and will be completed in phases to maintain school functions. In addition to creating an innovative learning environment, the PreK-3 facility will create a park for the city. Completion is expected in 2016.
WESTERN DUBUQUE CSD, HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS ADDITION
EPWORTH, IOWA
This project was master planned ten years ago. The 27,000 sf addition consists primarily of an 800-seat auditorium and band/vocal classrooms. Work also included a scene shop, music library, and practice rooms. Most rooms serve multiple functions which reduced the square footage and the cost of the project.
CLAYTON CSD, WYDOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLAYTON, MISSOURI
The school is located in a historic neighborhood and was constructed in phases while maintaining all school functions during construction. The 125,000 sf project incorporates a central "main street" which functions as the dining space, multi-purpose room, and circulation core. The classroom wing is designed for team learning with each team space arranged around a central community learning center. The project includes a 500-seat auditorium. (In collaboration with: Arcturis)
PELLA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOL
PELLA, IOWA
This renovation and reorganization greatly improved the existing 1976 school. Major project goals included creating a secure entrance and giving purpose to under-utilized square footage. A 30’ wide x 130’ long Learning Street provides flexible and collaborative space to ten classrooms and meets 21st Century learning needs. Several strategies were used to maximize natural daylighting throughout the building.
CENTER POINT-URBANA CSD, HIGH SCHOOL
CENTER POINT, IOWA
Proven sustainable concepts reduce operational costs and create a superior learning environment in this new 82,000 sf high school. The floor plan is easily navigated and helps this large two-story facility feel smaller than the square footage suggests. The building is also designed with ease of expansion in mind.
WESTERN DUBUQUE CSD, DYERSVILLE ELEMENTARY
DYERSVILLE, IOWA
Advanced lighting and acoustical treatments work together to create a pleasant environment for teachers and students of this facility. The school was designed to perform 71% more efficiently than what energy code mandates with the payback period for these initiatives being just 9.8 years.
IOWA CITY CSD, NORTH CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH
NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA
The 82,250 sf two-story building was designed and built according to High Performance guidelines. Natural light is optimized, indoor air quality is superior, and the building is designed to reduce maintenance and operating costs while using materials whose environmental impact is minimal.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, SEAMANS CENTER
IOWA CITY, IOWA
The overarching goals of this 185,000 sf addition/renovation were to dramatically improve the learning environments, relieve overcrowding, and modernize outdated research facilities. Emphasis was also placed on providing opportunities within the building for collaboration. Work included a new library, a variety of classrooms, and instructional and research labs. (In collaboration with: Anshen & Allen LA, now CO Architects)
WILLOWWIND PRE-K-8 SCHOOL
IOWA CITY, IOWA
Extensive renovation and addition work was needed to convert this former Moose Lodge into a 34,500 sf pre-K-8 school. The exterior was re-clad with a combination of brick, metal panels, and cement board siding. The transformed interior includes a variety of adaptable “flex spaces” that accommodate changing program requirements The project has a LEED Gold Certification. (In collaboration with: Harry Teague Architects)