Pella Christian Grade School Addition and Renovation

Pella, IA

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Cafeteria with wall graphic and ceiling clouds
Exterior with playground and students entering building
Media center featuring blue floor and ceiling elements
Classroom with students
Exterior featuring curved red metal wall panels
Balcony learning space with circular ceiling clouds
Built-in seating area outside media center
Open learning space and stairs looking outside
Cafeteria looking up to balcony learning space
Classroom with orange feature wall
Exterior entry with wall panels
Interior entry with soft seating

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.