Linn-Mar Intermediate Schools win People’s Choice Award


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The people have spoken! Linn-Mar Community School District’s new intermediate schools – Hazel Point and Boulder Peak – have won an  AIA’s 2021 People’s Choice Award. Each year during the Architecture Month, the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter celebrates the role the public plays in architecture by allowing the public to reward the designs they love by voting in the annual People’s Choice Award.

As part of an overall restructuring plan to address capacity issues, Linn-Mar Community School District constructed two new identical intermediate buildings, each with a capacity for 800 fifth and sixth graders.

The building design incorporates a neighborhood concept that breaks down the size of the building more appropriate for 5/6 grade students. Eight independent neighborhoods are stacked two per floor in two wings, organized around a core with music, art, a gymnasium, cafeteria, project rooms, and special education spaces with a sensory room.