Irving Elementary School (Waterloo, Iowa)

Waterloo, Iowa

  • FIRM



    Waterloo Community Schools

  • AREA

    66,750 sq.ft.





Irving Elementary School is a K-5, 450-student school on a site formerly occupied by a middle school. The school shares the site with a football/soccer stadium and is nominally available for playground usage. A street and several homes were purchased to provide sufficient space for proper site development. The neighborhood consists of two-story, single-family homes with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$90.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio transient population. The school was sited to provide separate play spaces for lower and upper elementary, and to accommodate the school’s strong horticulture program. A variety of outdoor and indoor garden spaces are cared for by students.

The plan centers on the media center, which symbolizes the importance of the reading program. Each wing has shared resource spaces that connect visually to the neighborhoods, and provide space for science and enrichment programs. The cafeteria and gym, open for community use after school hours, can be converted to an auditorium through a shift in the folding divider wall. The school is heated and cooled with geothermal energy.

Architectural features from the original middle school have been incorporated throughout.