June 24, 2015

Ames CSD Administration Building

The Ames CSD 24th Street Development is a 26-acre parcel which will be developed to include a new administration building, baseball and softball complex, future tennis courts, a practice cross country course, and supporting buildings, infrastructure and amenities.  It was the desire of the administrative team and the school board to design a building that was sensitive to the built environment of the adjacent neighborhood. The building was placed parallel to the railroad tracks which angles it to the street and appears to open and invite one onto the site.

Keeping the building single story addresses the concern of nearby neighbors wanting a more human scale to the building.  Only the center public portion which is surrounded on three sides by the single story sections, has higher sloped roofs.  Choosing a material palette that reflects materials of the neighborhood maintains a design connection to the adjacent houses and buildings.  Brick is used around the building to the sill height of the windows. Sills are constructed of cast stone, as are the low column surrounds. The columns support the entrance canopy and introduce wood as a building material.  Large wood beams support the center reception space and offer a warm welcoming effect to those that enter. The use of horizontal lap siding and vertical board siding, complement that of the neighborhood houses. Windows, both large and small, offer natural daylight into occupied spaces. Mechanical equipment has been located inside in the mechanical mezzanine.

The athletic support buildings including concessions, restrooms, press boxes, storage, and plaza features, will be constructed from the same material palette as the administration building, thus adding a layer of cohesiveness to the built elements found on the site.  Landscaping on site will be accomplished through the use of earthen berms, trees and shrubs to provide screening, shade and enhancements to the site.