George Washington Carver Community School and Ellis I. Levitt Boys and Girls Club

Des Moines, Iowa

Formed through the merger of two smaller elementary schools, both straining to serve students severely inhibited by socioeconomic burdens, George Washington Carver Community School was designed as a beacon of hope and a resource for success.

This partnership of Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa Health Systems, the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, and the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY845COST PER SQ FT$119.95FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio and Girls Club of Central Iowa supports and inspires the community.  The joint-use facility educates those in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade, while providing for the social needs of the neighborhood with a Boys and Girls Club, early-childhood center and Not-New Shop retail thrift store. 

Situated on 10 acres adjacent to a city park, Carver Community School and Boys and Girls Club feature multiple age-appropriate playgrounds, outdoor classroom space and rain gardens. 

Building-wide technology and green initiatives, such as a geo-thermal well field and heat-pump approach to heating and cooling, combine to make this 93,855-square-foot building state-of-the-art and energy efficient.