Mitchellville Elementary School, Renovation & Addition
The Southeast Polk (Iowa) Community School District desired a new school addition to enrich teaching activities and enhance student learning. The new media center and gathering space were designed to accomplish this desire by giving teachers and students the opportunity to engage with one another outside a typical classroom setting. Daylighting, flexible use of space and COST PER SQ FT$150.45FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers technology enhancements give students and teachers the flexibility to use their personal tablets for lessons and study. The media center and gathering space can be used as one large educational space, or a motorized glass hanger door can be lowered so that two separate educational activities may occur simultaneously without interruption.
The original two-story elementary school was constructed in 1925 and was demolished after development of the new addition. The original school was an important part of the community, and community members wanted the new building design to preserve the historical significance of the original school. Therefore, items (wood flooring, cornerstones and cast stone signage) were salvaged from the original building and were repurposed and used in the new facility.
High-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems were incorporated to increase energy conservation and to optimize student comfort.