Dowling Catholic High School

West Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

Architecture Overview:

One of the goals of this renovation was to “right-size" the classrooms to provide improved acoustics, storage, lighting, daylighting, and technology, providing a homeroom for every teacher. We helped to maximize technology to allow for a more compact Media Center.  Then the improved design impacted the teaching collaboration by providing teacher team rooms within each academic wing and improving circulation between wings.  We then designed new larger science classroom/labs with adequate storage and safety regarding electrical power and wet areas. The guidance offices and student services  were relocated along a new central corridor to be more easily accessed.  Rather than investing in temporary facilities to house students during the remodeling, the decision was made to build “shells” of future programs, allowing them to serve as temporary classrooms during Phase 1 and converting to those programs during future phases.

Engineering Overview:

The high school added a science wing, a music wing and a physical education wing along with the remodeling of the academic classrooms and media center. A Life Cycle Cost analysis was performed to determine the mechanical systems utilizing the existing central plant. The design included multiple variable air volume systems, fume hood exhaust system and a direct/indirect lighting system. Project was designed in phases verses using temporary classrooms to keep the building operational through the two year construction period. Direct/indirect lighting was used for improved light quality in the classroom. Automatic lighting controls help reduce energy costs.

  • CLIENT: Dowling Catholic High School
  • SIZE:
    12,850 Sq. Ft. Addition
    76,230 Sq. Ft. Renovation
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    K-12 Education