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- Architects: Neumann Monson Architects
- Location: Pella, IA 50219, United States
- Area: 23000.0 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Integrated Studio
- Contractor: Larson and Larson Construction
- Structural Engineer: Raker Rhodes Engineering
- Mep Engineer: MODUS
- Civil Engineer: Raker Rhodes Engineering
- Landscape Architect: Dennis Reynolds Urban Design
Text description provided by the architects. The 23,000-sf Career Academy of Pella, which provides flexible vocational shops and classrooms, is the product of a unique collaboration among the local school district, community college, private schools, and area industry. Students of all ages gain skills vital to the local economy through STEM instruction, an applied pedagogy integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The building, northwest of the existing high school, tucks into the hillside with topographic alignment that minimizes earthwork. Careful detailing of common building materials elevates the rural public school’s design.
Central to the building’s sustainable mission is its durable flexibility. The structure can calibrate to a range of uses, with a ‘loose-fit’ that allows for easy future adaptation. General classrooms deliver diverse curricula, maximizing potential use and ensuring long-term value. A double height circulation spine organizes program, gathers daylight, and provides views, and gives access to the various classroom and shop spaces. Each shop has direct access to the exterior.
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