Prairie Trail Elementary School

Prairie Trail Elementary School

Ankeny, IA

This new four-section elementary school, by design, breaks away from those recently built by the Ankeny Community Schools. Through an intense brainstorming process, our designers and district’s planning team forged new ground and created a building that embodied the district’s curriculum delivery model.
In serving the delivery approach, the classrooms are clustered around a shared collaborative learning space that can act in many capacities. The learning space functions for pull out space needed in the curriculum delivery, but also serves as project area, individual learning center, or just additional classroom when needed. Flexibility and visibility was key in the success of the design so that no additional staff would be needed to tend to this additional space.
The building, built for a student population of over 720, uses cluster groupings of classrooms in order to manage the relative size of the student body and make the building seem smaller to those who attend.
The building utilizes a geothermal coupled chilled beam mechanical system along with advanced lighting controls, and day lighting which is modeled to save the District over 60% in energy costs over a similar buildings built to code level requirements.


Pre K-12

  • Banfield Elementary School

  • Eagle Lake Elementary School

  • Faribault High School Fielitz Fitness Center

  • Faribault High School Pool

  • Farmington Synthetic Field

  • Forest City Athletic Facilities

  • Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP)

  • Kasson-Mantorville Field

  • Loyola Catholic School

  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM) School District

  • Rosa Parks Elementary School

  • Saint Peter High School

  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s Stem Building

  • West High School Cafeteria

  • West High School Science Lab