Woodward-Granger Elementary School2002 Oak Street
Granger, IA 50109
Design Achievement - Pivotal design solutions and creative use of the four-acre site establishes the new Woodward-Granger Elementary School as the gateway marker to the rural town of Granger, Iowa. DLR Group's design bonds with the immediate housing neighbors while maneuvering an unconventionally small site. The sloping roof over the commons and gymnasium captures the eye while softening the transition between varying building heights. Playful pops of school colors introduce the exterior presence of the facility while maintaining strong aesthetic distribution throughout the interior. Large clerestory windows in the media center maximize natural light penetration while large graphics throughout the space keep students cognitively engaged. The media center is established as the core of the building, utilizing large sliding doors on each side of the space allowing the center to become endlessly explored by students while the large corridors following the space operate as learning commons. The facility offers wonderful transitions between vital spaces throughout the building, allowing multiple zones for building access to serve several community groups. DLR Group was able to realign the district program and vision to meet their budget while ensuring the design approach remained flexible and satisfying, engaging students with color, graphics, texture, and natural lighting.
Scope Summary - The scope of the work for this project encompassed 67,510 SF with gymnasium, commons, and food services facilities designed to accommodate up to 500 students. The facility consists of 4 sections of second through fifth grade, accommodating an enrollment expectancy of 320 students with planned growth to reach 400. The facility is positioned on the site to maximize natural lighting and accommodate potential parking lot expansion, currently encompassing 68 stalls with bus separation for up to 6 buses. The slope “wing” of the roof was derived from the Woodward-Granger hawk logo while helping to screen roof top mechanical units, transition the level changes of the facility, and better relate to the shapes of the nearby housing community. DLR Group provided architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, technology engineering and construction administration services.