The key challenge in designing Waukee Community High School was creating a design that would allow evolution of the 600-student first phase to a final 1,500-student capacity. The plan appropriately sizes initial-phase core elements, such as major corridor and stair widths, to serve the predicted additions and allows expansion to occur in appropriate locations. The COST PER SQ FT$95.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio recognizes the functional relationships and aesthetics through all phases of growth.
The solution was a process of looking at the whole and subtracting future growth pieces until the first-phase needs and budget were met. The school is organized by careful grouping of community activity space, auditorium/fine arts, gymnasium, natatorium and commons in a zone. The large volumes are placed sensitively on the back of the site, visible without dominating the exterior, and zoned for access separate from the academic classrooms.
The school has been in a continual state of expansion since opening in 1997. Phase three, scheduled to be completed in 2001, will yield a student capacity of 850 students. It will include a new joint-use school/YMCA that offers shared use of fitness, locker and swimming-pool spaces for the school and community.
Note: Total cost includes construction, sitework and YMCA.
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