An existing medical office building was renovated into a state of the art, 21st century education facility to house the Davenport School District's Mid City High School. The district wanted to create a facility that would serve as a model for all future high schools in Iowa, and the district needed to have the project operational within 8 months.
Education spaces throughout the building incorporate operable glass partitions to allow adaptability in their learning environments. This adaptability allows for inter-class and inter-teacher collaboration and communication. The glass partitions also allow ample daylight into the center core of the building, magnifying the beneficial effects of the natural daylight.
Adaptability in the classrooms was enhanced through the use of easily reconfigurable student seating, mobile storage solutions, and providing teacher desk space outside of the classroom. Teachers can instruct from movable lecterns or use wireless technology to access each room’s smart board. Dedicated teacher space was incorporated through the development of a shared teacher office between each pair of general classrooms. The shared office space was hardened to serve as a shelter during lock down events.