Pella Christian Grade School Addition and Renovation

Pella, IA

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Exterior entry render
Exterior entry side render
3 Pella Christian Site
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Increasing enrollment and continuing to deliver the highest level of instruction possible were the driving forces behind the Pella Christian School Board taking action to improve their grade school. With leadership from frk, the school worked through a process that weighed addition and renovation options as well as new construction on a new site. Based on the desire to remain in their current location, projected fund raising capacity, and use of existing resources, the best option was to expand and improve the current facility.

frk facilitated an inclusive process with the school, staff, and community to plan the addition and renovation.  Special consideration and planning was done as to not disrupt learning, daily activities, and traffic flow during the construction process. A two-story classroom wing with cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium was added to support the increased enrollment. The administration area was also expanded and a new central entry corridor and media center were created through re-purposing of existing space. Upon completion of the addition, other existing spaces were all renovated with new carpeting, paint and finishes.  The entire school has been refreshed providing abundant inspiration throughout for the students and staff.

Design Insight

A central corridor was created from the existing building through to the new. This corridor acts as a spine, which connects all the classrooms and instructional spaces.