Lincoln Elementary School (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • FIRM



    Cedar Falls Community School District

  • AREA

    72,745 sq.ft.





Sited in a historic section of town, this replacement elementary school cleared a major design hurdle: bringing both the building and the playground area onto the site. The areas had been separated by a busy thoroughfare, and collaboration among school, city and fire officials resulted in closing the street to establish a single campus.

The building’s design ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$117.79FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio the surrounding residences with historical elements incorporated throughout the exterior. It provides neighborhood access from the north and south via entrances directly opposite each other, entering into a common lobby, where the salvaged stone entry pays tribute to the previous building.

K to 2 is served on grade level, and grades 3 to 6 are on the upper level. Shared spaces (media center, computer lab, multipurpose room, cafeteria, administration) are centralized around the lobby and entrances. The multipurpose room/gym was designed for school use, as well as city recreational programs, and offers a performance platform area for the band and orchestra. Addressing the multiple uses of the cafeteria/multipurpose room, operable walls sound-seal three individual spaces and make them flexible for simultaneous use.

The new campus’ recreational features include a ball diamond, basketball court slab, running track, soccer field and two separate playgrounds—one for older children and the other for younger children.