In 2003, Story Construction served as the Building God’s Way builder to construct a 67,000-square-foot Christian high school in Cedar Falls, Iowa, designed to accommodate an innovative educational program and incorporate a high level of technology. The structure incorporated a concrete slab-on-grade with a Butler pre-engineered metal building system and featured 29 classrooms, including facilities for science, art and music, a cafeteria, gymnasium, chapel, media center and administrative offices.
Leaders from the school’s seven supporting churches had the foresight to leave a portion of the school unfinished to meet future needs. That turned out to be a wise move; the school expanded to include grades six through eight in 2006, and in 2010 the decision was made to finish some of the remaining space to accommodate K-5 students after Immanuel Lutheran Church in nearby Waterloo closed its elementary school.
Story was selected to build out more than 14,000 square feet on the facility’s main floor, adding five new classrooms and two sets of restrooms. Work also included adding two walls to enclose the gymnasium and two HVAC units. Interior finishes, including carpet, tile and acoustical ceilings, were designed to match those of the existing facility. Work started in June and was completed in time for classes this fall. On Aug. 16, 2012, Valley Lutheran School opened for the 2012-13 school year and welcomed approximately 70 kindergarteners through fifth graders – nearly doubling the size of its existing student body.