Grinnell High School Addition & Renovation

Grinnell, Iowa
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    Grinnell-Newburg Community School District
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Grinnell High School’s athletics program space was outdated and undersized, and the campus lacked any performance space for the arts. Recognizing the need for upgrades and a new facility, the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District commissioned OPN Architects to develop a master plan comprised of two phases: Phase I included eight classrooms, two art rooms, three departmental faculty offices, and student restrooms; Phase II included a 600-seat dramatic auditorium complete with backstage facilities, a 1,700-seat gymnasium, four locker rooms, a weight room, a wrestling room, and maintenance facilities.

To fund the projects, the District proposed a bond issue to the public. The bond passed, but it wasn’t enough to build both the gymnasium and auditorium. The Grinnell community rallied around the District with support from the Grinnell community, the District was able to raise enough funds through donations from community members and businesses — including $250,000 from the local theater group — to support the new projects.

“I personally compliment all members of the OPN staff for their willingness to respond to every request and the manner with which they provided additional information. The communications were effective. The community and staff are extremely pleased with the results.”

— Clem Bodensteiner, Former Superintendent, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District

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