Cedar Falls Community School District

Cedar Falls, IA | Education

Overview

To solve overcrowding issues, ISG helped Cedar Falls Community School District with a referendum to fund a new school and other considerable remodeling projects.


Opportunity

A local 1% sales tax was not enough to support enhancements for the quickly growing Cedar Falls Community School District, requiring the District’s first bond referendum up for a vote in 40 years.

Solution

ISG provided preliminary design services for the District’s new Aldrich Elementary School during the pre-bond phase of this $35 million referendum. Based on the assessment and stakeholder feedback, ISG tailored design initiatives to enhance the functionality of the school. With a successful bond referendum, ISG designed a new elementary school, as well as upgrades to two other elementary schools in the District.

Aldrich Elementary School
The new Aldrich Elementary School includes sustainable systems such as geothermal heating and bioswale stormwater features. It was designed with a central hub and several wings serving students from preschool through sixth grade. The school embraces modern learning through its inclusion of maker spaces, ESTEM rooms, and a media center and library named the “Curiosity Center.” The cafeteria and gymnasium are separated by a moveable wall partition, and a slightly raised stage provides space for student performances of art, theatre, and music.

Orchard Hill Elementary School

  • Asbestos remediation remodel
  • ADA-compliant portable building relocation and restroom remodel to contend with overcrowding
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Updates to cabinetry and interior finishes
  • Remodeling classroom to an intervention room to deescalate behavioral issues

Southdale Elementary School

  • Four-phased construction schedule for continued operation
  • Remodeled classrooms with new finishes
  • HVAC upgrades
  • New fire sprinklers

Market News

ISG Strategically Advances Environmental Service Expertise

July 23, 2020 (Bloomington, Minnesota) – ISG, a professional design and engineering firm made a strategic advancement to expand its services by welcoming Julie Blackburn as its new Environmental Practice Group Leader, out of the firm’s Bloomington office. Joining 300+ employee-owners including a team of in-house environmental scientists, Julie, the former Governor’s appointee to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, brings over 25 years of passion for identifying environmental solutions and will guide the firm as it takes the next step in becoming an industry leader in environmental services.
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ISG Named Business of the Year by Grow Cedar Valley

June 22, 2020 (Waterloo, Iowa) – Based on its growing presence in eastern Iowa and efforts to give back to the community, ISG has received the 2020 Business of the Year Award from Grow Cedar Valley, an organization devoted to the growth of businesses in the region. ISG’s Waterloo office was honored as one of two businesses of the year (1-50 full-time employees), marking the firm’s growing impact in the region since expanding its footprint to Waterloo in 2018.
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