West Des Moines Westridge Elementary School

West Des Moines, IA

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Architecture Overview:

West Des Moines Schools asked RDG to design and develop a new school concept to meet this suburban community's increasing enrollment projections - yet still be flexible and adaptable for future additions and expansions. The resulting design places academic and activity spaces within a pinwheel plan in which classroom groups are arranged around an open Media Center. Each group consists of a "family" of similar grade classrooms surrounding its own commons space. The commons eliminates the waste of dedicated corridors and allows for group activities. Establishing this "family" environment is an important element in helping elementary school age children feel comfortable in a large, 760-student school.

  • CLIENT: West Des Moines Community School District
  • SIZE:
    81,422 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
  • View Related Project Types:
    K-12 Education