The Career Academy of Pella is home to 23,000 square feet of vocational shops and classrooms. This project is the result of a unique collaboration between the local public school district, local private schools, area industry, and a regional community college. The resultant facility will train students of all ages in skills that are sought in the local workforce. STEM instruction will also be provided.
This new building is sited immediately northwest of the existing high school. It is tucked into the hillside and aligned to the existing topography, which significantly minimized earthwork costs. The exterior material palette consists of durable materials and references the brick found on adjacent structures.
A double height circulation spine organizes the building and features natural light and views across the adjacent grassy field. Classroom and double height shop spaces are accessed from the spine. All classroom and shop spaces have access to ample natural light and are constructed of simple, durable materials that will stand up to heavy use. Each shop has direct access to the exterior and diffused natural light permeates each space.
2016 AIA Central States Honor Award for Design Excellence