Ankeny High School1155 SW Cherry Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
Design Achievement – Ankeny, Iowa, is a fast-growing northern suburb of Des Moines. Ankeny High School is the result of rapid enrollment growth in the Ankeny Community School District and its transition to a two high school system. At the center of DLR Group's design is an enclosed courtyard providing indoor/outdoor connections, pathways, and social spaces. The intent is to enhance identity, connectivity and collaboration by breaking down the large comprehensive high school into four small learning communities. The academic areas are developed in two-story houses with performing and visual arts located on one side and athletics and dining on the other. The dining commons is designed with a 200-foot curtain wall view of the central courtyard; booth seating and ceiling planes help define areas for large and small groups.
Scope Summary – The scope for this project was the design of a new 281,000 SF high school serving 1,400 students in grades 10-12. The 83-acre site includes a prominent main entrance that is reinforced by the site design for traffic flow. Landscaped parking promotes safety with maximum drop off lengths and separation of buses and cars. The central courtyard is surrounded by classrooms, the library, the dining commons, and art and guidance offices. DLR Group provided integrated architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, and interior design.