Fort Dodge Community School District

Fort Dodge Community School District

Fort Dodge, IA

Serving nearly 3,700 students from early childhood through 12th grade, the Fort Dodge Community School District consists of seven buildings, including four elementary schools, a middle school, high school, and early learning center. The District asked ISG to evaluate their existing education facilities and develop a prioritized list of improvements, which would aid the School Board in devising major updates across the next ten years. In addition to the seven schools, evaluations incorporated a transportation garage, stadium, and administration building. For all sites, assessments focused on location, exterior, interior, structure, accessibility, safety, hazards, and mechanical and electrical systems. The global priority list provided recommendations based on building physical needs, student safety, and community feedback. Recommendations were organized by the immediacy of their implementation, such as if an issue needed completion within two years or between two and five, and accompanied by probable costs. Interviews were conducted with maintenance staff and leaders from each building. During these interviews, maintenance personnel pointed out various operational hindrances; in particular, the review of Duncombe Elementary initiated the relocation of students to the former middle school building due to severe structural concerns. The demolition and replacement of Duncombe was also a significant issue during Community Input Meetings. As a result, ISG added requirements to permanently replace the District’s oldest building.