Decorah Middle School

Decorah, Iowa

  • FIRM



    Decorah Community School District

  • AREA

    98,240 sq.ft.





The school’s campus includes two three-story historic school buildings (including an 1890s National Trust Building) and a creek.

Because of tight building constraints, and to reflect the adjacent architecture, the 98,000-square-foot design is a three-story building with classrooms for grades 5 to 8 on the upper two levels, and enrichment and common use classrooms on ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$100.15FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio first. A dramatic, light-filled, two-story media center is situated in the center of the second floor, accessible to all grade levels. Science labs, state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs are provided on both upper floors to allow technical integration into the grade-level curriculum.

A bridge over the creek facilitates pedestrian traffic to parking and recreational areas, and allows emergency vehicles access to the building site. An exterior classroom offers close access to the creek’s ecosystem.

Consumption of energy and resources is reduced with waterless urinals, high-efficiency lighting, high-performance windows, high

R-value insulation and direct-digital temperature controls.