Meadow View Elementary School

Adel, IA

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Exterior photo of building entry with red and wood toned metal panels
Interior entry with red continuing on ceiling and blue projected box
Cafeteria with students at tables and angled ceilings
Art room with concrete floors and colored tables
Exterior at an angle showing building massing
Inside the library looking out at hallway through projected alcove space
Main corridor with exposed ceilings showing library alcove
Classroom wing corridor with painted ceiling reveals and colored carpet
Gymnasium with multi-colored sound panels

As the Des Moines Metro area continues to press toward the west, the Adel Desoto Minburn School District has experienced significant enrollment growth. Following an extensive grade level configuration study, the District determined a new 2nd-4th grade elementary school was needed to accommodate the re-configuration and projected enrollment numbers.

A strong interconnection between indoor spaces and outdoor environment defines the organization of this school. The school’s name, Meadow View, perfectly captures this design intent. The core of the building hosts communal spaces while three wings extend to create academic communities. Also included are a number of flexible spaces in each section which foster collaboration and group-based learning. The building features a FEMA level hardened shelter, considerable daylighting and state of the art technology.

Design Insight

Working closely with District administrators, frk designed a bold interior finish palette complimenting the building’s focus on communal spaces and a connection with the outdoor environment.