Orchard Hills Elementary School

Norwalk, IA

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Corridor with green accent walls and ceiling elements
Classroom with purple accent wall
Music room with tall ceiling and multi-color accent carpet
Corridor with blue wall and ceiling accent
Gymnasium with Norwalk logo
Exterior main entry
Mural of apples and text inside main entry

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.