Des Moines North High School

Des Moines, Iowa
  • Client
    Des Moines Public Schools
  • SQ. FT.
    225,500 (renovation); 10,100 (addition)
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The Des Moines Public Schools recognized North High School, originally built in 1957, required improvements and modernization including updated mechanical/electrical systems, new interior furnishings, and new technology systems. Originally, a long-term master plan concept created by OPN Architects included a new library and science wing with planned renovations to the community center, administration/student services area, as well as an “identifiable” entrance. Due to budget constraints, the master plan was revisited to provide immediate renovations and upgrades. As a result, all programming requirements were met through the addition and renovation of existing spaces.

A 10,000 sf addition comprised of a complementary brick facade and designed to support needed administrative space and serve as an identifiable entry location and a control point for school staff. The main corridor and lobby were renovated to expand the area and create a larger, flexible Student Commons area. Vacated space was re-purposed, and additional classrooms were created in the area formerly occupied by the administration.

New mechanical, plumbing, electrical, telecommunications systems were required throughout the building as part of the improvements/modernization project. In addition, the library and science department was renovated to provide technical upgrades. A new elevator was added to provide accessible means of egress to the upper floor.

The adjacent cafeteria was renovated to arranging workspaces to a zone-configuration to create blocks of food preparation, cooking areas, refrigeration and ice stations, sanitation and ware-washing and kitchen-to-serving areas.

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