Independence Community School District Jr./Sr. High

Portfolio Categories: Education - K-12 Schools.

Project Overview

HSR Associates, Inc. provided design services for the construction of a new Junior/Senior High School for the Independence Community School District in Independence, Iowa. The 170,000 square foot facility was constructed on a 92 acre site and has a 400 vehicle parking area. The building contains classrooms, offices, auditorium with orchestra pit and fly loft, wood-metal-transportation shop and a full service kitchen. The commons area of the building has a continuous skylight. The 18,000 square foot gymnasium has retractable seating with a capacity of 2,000 spectators and the locker area is a FEMA certified storm shelter. The HVAC system is equipped for a future hybrid geo-thermal system. Construction on the building followed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, guidelines for improving indoor environmental quality, all for $29 million.


  • Size: 170,000 s.f. on 92 acres
  • Estimated Cost: $25,000,000
  • Bid Cost: $24,885,000
  • Project Start: September 2011
  • Occupancy Date: August 2013

Special Features

  • The new Grades 7-12 school accommodates the needs of 800 students
  • 36 classrooms
  • IMC
  • Auditorium
  • Music & Arts
  • Designed around LEED Silver criteria and guidelines

Building Envelope

  • Steel frame, bar joists, metal deck, and block bearing walls
  • Metal deck
  • Tapered insulation, and adhered rubber
  • Metal stud, exterior masonry brick and insulated metal panels
  • Concrete block, metal stud and drywall

Building Finishes

  • Vinyl composition tile, rubber tile carpet, wood gymnasium flooring
  • Exposed painted structure and 2′ x 2′ acoustical lay-in ceiling

Building Systems

  • Natural gas, roof drainage system, phy ed and athletic showers with pressure balance mixing valves, gas-fired water heaters, dual softeners, and sensor-operated lavs and urinals
  • Classroom unit ventilators, modular hot water boilers, air conditioned administration area and zoned airhandling units
  • Fluorescent lighting with low voltage lighting controls, voice/data and video capabilities and cable tray throughout
  • It is also designed to add geothermal well fields

Fixed Equipment

  • Full service kitchen, lockers and casework

Site Development

  • Three parking lots (584 cars – 14 buses), roadways, bus and car drop-off areas
  • Master planning to allow a future 600 student elementary school to share the site

 Pre-Referendum Services

HSR provided successful referendum assistance the first time. Assistance
included district planning, preliminary programming and cost

Change Orders

Less than one percent.