The Ames CSD 24th Street Development is a 26-acre parcel which will include a new administration building, baseball and softball complex, tennis courts, a practice cross country course, supporting buildings, infrastructure and amenities.
The main building is placed parallel to the railroad tracks to make the site open and inviting. Keeping the building single story also addresses concerns of nearby neighbors. Only the center public portion, which is surrounded on three sides by the single-story sections, has higher sloped roofs. Choosing a material palette that reflects materials of the neighborhood maintains a design connection to the adjacent houses and buildings. Brick is used around the building to the sill height of the windows. Sills are constructed of cast stone, as are the low column surrounds. The columns support the entrance canopy and introduce wood as a building material. Large wood beams support the center reception space and offer a warm welcoming effect. The use of horizontal lap siding and vertical board siding complement neighborhood houses. Windows, both large and small, offer natural daylight into occupied spaces. Mechanical equipment is located inside the structure in a mechanical mezzanine.
The athletic support buildings including concessions, restrooms, press boxes, storage and plaza features will be constructed from the same material palette as the administration building, adding a layer of cohesiveness to the built elements found on the site. Landscaping on site will be accomplished through the use of earthen berms, trees and shrubs to provide screening and shade.