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Ames CSD High School Evaluation and Programming

The Ames Community School was reaching the end of a district-wide facility masterplan. The existing high school building represented the last major project needing substantial improvements. As expected, the needs of the high school had grown since the master plan was conceived and much more work was necessary. The building no longer met current educational facility design standards; student enrollment had increased beyond expectations; the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems were at the end of their useful life; deferred maintenance was building up; and the school was behind the times in active and passive security features. A decision was pending to either renovate and add onto the existing building or build a new high school facility and demolish the existing building.

10Fold was asked to perform an exhaustive evaluation of the existing high school including a functional programming analysis, an assessment of the physical space and maintenance items, an evaluation of all building systems, and long term master planning to help the district decide how to finalize their original master plan.

Our team also conducted in depth cost analyses and speculative construction phasing resulting in a holistic detailed report, giving the district board and administration all the information they need to make a long-term, cost-effective decision for the district.

The district ultimately chose to build a new building and abandon the existing facility. The information detailed in the report was then used as the basis for a successful public general obligation bond campaign that is now being utilized to fund the entire project.

Location:

Ames, Iowa

Project:

Evaluation & Programming

Design Team:

Sam Stagg