Decorah High School

Decorah, Iowa

  • FIRM

    StruXture Architects

  • CLIENT

    Decorah Community School District

  • AREA

    162,300 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $19,422,833.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/2013

Design team: StruXture Architects

Decorah High School was in dire need of improvements. After more than a year of exploring options, analyzing buildings and preparing a master plan, the district persuaded voters to approve a bond referendum.
The project consisted of several additions, a remodeling of the existing building, updating of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$120.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio mechanical/electrical systems, and a new life safety and sprinkler system. The classrooms were reorganized within the building to align with the educational program. New technology was added into every classroom, along with ample storage. A new vocational shop, a music room, and a competition gymnasium were added, and the old gymnasium was converted into a commons and cafeteria.
The front entrance was redefined with the addition of administrative offices, an Iowa Communications Network (ICN) room and a large vestibule. Security features, with lockdown capabilities, were added throughout the building for improved safety. The design also resulted in a large energy rebate for the district and created a stronger connection to the downtown and local community.