Designer: FEH Design, Inc.
Project Size: 22,152 sq. ft.
As part of one of the fastest growing school districts in Iowa, there was a need for more space within Morris Elementary School in Bondurant. The addition to Morris Elementary gave the district the much-needed space to accommodate their increasing number of students.
The addition to Morris Elementary included eight classrooms – four of which are hardened spaces that can be used as storm shelters – to aid the growth at other buildings in the district, and a gymnasium with a full-size competition floor. Outside the gymnasium, a 55-stall parking lot and additional staff parking were added, and the drop-off and pick-up lanes were widened to reduce congestion in mornings and afternoons on the main roads near the school.
The gymnasium will be used for physical education for the students throughout the day as well as a space for other community members to utilize. It also gives more space for older students in the district to have athletics practice instead of waiting for other spaces to open up later in the evenings.
With much of this addition happening during the school year, Story’s Construction Production 2.0 aided school officials in tracking progress and making the addition process go smoother. Having a way to see the “big picture” while keeping a strong time line for each step in the project was appreciated and praised by those within the Bondurant-Farrar school district.
“Schools are really in the ‘people’ business and we have found that Story Construction understands that,” said Chad Carlson, Director of Administrative Services at Bondurant-Farrar. “They have a keen understanding that serving our community and students is our mission. We have greatly appreciated the relationships we have developed with Clint Jensen, Dale Hofert, Josh Hoover and the rest of the Story team. Not only do we feel like they put us (the customer) first, but we also feel good about our partnership with them.”
Story also completed a classroom and auditorium addition at Bondurant-Farrar High School in the winter of 2017 and fall of 2018, respectively.