Grant Ragan Elementary School

Waukee, IA

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Front entrance at dusk
Circulation corridor with ceiling feature
Classroom with students
Corridor with breakout space
Media Center
Exterior main entrance with students
School overall exterior

Grant Ragan Elementary was built as the eighth elementary within the Waukee Community School District. Working closely with administration and teaching staff, careful attention was given to how the building would be organized.  As with the other Waukee elementary schools, Grant Ragan was designed with three learning communities.  Each contains core learning studios that share a flexible activity area providing students and staff opportunities to maximize a variety of experiences and needs.

Addressing student safety, the building uses a secure vestibule through which all visitors must pass and be checked in before entering the facility. Safety was also addressed in the design of the site through separation of bus and parent traffic.

The exterior and interior materials were chosen for both durability and aesthetic interest to this neighborhood school. Vibrant colors were employed throughout the rooms and corridors and abundant windows drive daylight into all parts of the school.  This engaging environment fosters the ability for students to flourish.

Design Insight

Close collaboration with the district and staff allows each of these site adapted elementary schools to find their unique identity.


2017 Project Spotlight, Design Cost Data;
2018 Outstanding Design - Elementary School, American School & University;
2020 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award, Mid-American Energy