Date Completed
96,750 SF

Grant Ragan Elementary

Waukee, IA

Grant Ragan Elementary was built as the eighth elementary within the Waukee Community School District and serves 750 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.  Working closely with administration and teaching staff, careful attention was given to how the building would be organized.  The learning environment was designed with three learning communities that surround a central circulation core, minimizing the distance students need to travel to access shared program spaces such as the media center, computer labs, guidance, and music classrooms.   Each learning community represents core learning studios that share a flexible activity area to provide opportunities for students and staff to maximize opportunities to differentiate experiences and meet varied needs.

The exterior façade is comprised of masonry, prefinished metal and phenolic composite wall panels, providing both durability and aesthetic interest to the neighborhood school.  Vibrant colors were employed throughout the interior of the building to activate the learning space.  A continuous translucent panel clerestory window provides diffused natural light all along the central core corridors helping drive daylight into all parts of the school.