Solon Middle School

Solon, Iowa

  • FIRM



    Solon Community School District

  • AREA

    81,819 sq.ft.





Design team: Craig Schwerdtfeger - ISG (Formerly StruXture Architects); Jonathan Larson, PE - HBK Engineering, LLC; Mike Salmon - KCL Engineering; Brad Hill - Raker-Rhodes Engineering

The growing Solon Community School District required a new middle school for grades 5 to 8. Driven by modern architecture and collaborative spaces, ISG worked alongside the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMKCL Engineering, HBK Engineering, Raker-Rhodes Engineering, MVP GroupCAPACITY640COST PER SQ FT$199.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio to develop a master plan. That led to a $23 million bond vote to pay for construction of the middle school. The middle school commons consists of two stories linked by a presentation staircase and built-in seating. Collaborative learning spaces were dispersed throughout the building as well as project, STEM, and exploratory classrooms.
Directly off the commons is a two-story glass-enclosed media center. With bold colors and modern designs, it provides a variety of seating options for students. The educational wing features an abundance of transparency between spaces, as natural light flows between learning studios that link small group collaboration areas. The daylighting, as well as geothermal heating systems, reduce the district’s long-term energy costs. The music area was designed to double as a tornado storm shelter to address both code and performance needs.