This new elementary school is the first public elementary school in Dyersville. Previously, students were either bussed to other parts of the District or they attended private schools.
The school itself is a modified “T” layout. After extensive energy modeling studies with the Weidt Group, the layout was modified slightly to maximize efficiency and solar orientation. As a result, the school is designed to be 71% more energy efficient that the Iowa Energy Code mandates and is slated to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Midwest with an anticipated payback period for these measures is 9.8 years.
Strategies used – such as increased exposure to natural light, clean operating HVAC systems, appropriate acoustical treatments, and interior materials that don’t require harsh cleaners for their maintenance – work together to create a healthy interior environment that promotes greater learning.