Oak View Middle School

Grimes, IA

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Overall exterior view of front of building
Cafeteria with overhead teacher planning space
Cafeteria space with learning stairs
Circulation corridor with staircase to second level
View out window to exterior courtyard
Interior Hallway with Collaboration Space
Science classroom looking out into hallway collaboration space
Overall exterior view of building at dusk
Family and Consumer Science classroom
Collaboration space outside classrooms with blue accents
Exterior view of building corner at dusk
Middle school gymnasium with students
Media center with window views
Exterior balcony space off of media center

After passing their bond referendum, the growing Dallas Center-Grimes School District’s first step was a new 7-8 building for their middle school students. frk designed a unique two-story building where the classroom wings create secure, internal courtyards for informal outdoor educational space while also providing daylight to all areas of the building.  The entire facility emphasizes flexibility and mobility with an abundance of collaboration spaces to encourage student interaction.  In addition, a variety of mobile furniture and storage create dynamic classroom environments that push curriculum and allow teaching methods to adapt with changing educational needs.

The District focuses on providing students with education and training that serves them for their life and career. This is demonstrated through a strong emphasis on the design spaces for arts and technology as they supplement core educational courses. The art, music, and athletic facilities were designed to easily adapt to both day-to-day instruction and large group performance.

Design Insight

Throughout development with the district and community, it became evident of their desire for this new Middle School to have a high level of visibility between all educational spaces in order to inspire interaction and promote a creative environment.”