Orchard Hills Elementary School

Norwalk, IA

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Corridor painted purple with lockers and child
Exterior lit by sun with children walking to school
Corridor with students reading on a bench
Lunchroom with tables and a mural
Exterior blue panels with reflections in glass
Corridor with yellow accents and students
Entry with wall graphic of apples
Exterior entry
Multicolor hallway
Looking into classroom with students at desks

Orchard Hills Elementary, an educational space designed to meet the needs of a dynamically growing community, is the result of an extensive master-planning collaboration between frk architects + engineers and the Norwalk Community School District. Located in a quickly developing segment of the city, the new school is home to 2nd- and 3rd-graders and allowed the district to reconfigure its two existing elementary schools to better serve its students and families.

Employing a future ready design philosophy, Orchard Hills features flexible spaces, collaboration zones and right-sized rooms that are augmented by abundant natural light and extensive technology throughout the building. A sweeping use of color and innovative use of standard building materials facilitated an economic approach to creative design. With the potential to serve additional grades, Orchard Hills will be a cornerstone for the future of an expanding Norwalk and its students.

Design Insight

An outstanding example of frk’s ability to work hand-in-hand with a Construction Manager to achieve a successful project – on time and under budget.