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  Sheldon Middle School, Page 38Sheldon Middle School

401 Douglas Street, #500, Sioux City, IA 51101

Sheldon, Iowa
Total Square Feet: 84,700
Construction Period: Mar 2003 to Aug 2004 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: KC Engineering - 4300 South Lakeport, Sioux City, IA 51106
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Wiltgen Construction Co., Inc. - 426 2nd Avenue, N.E., LeMars, IA 51031
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Associated Consulting Engineering, Inc. - 340 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

The new Sheldon Middle School is a 350 student facility located in northwest Iowa. It is the result of an extensive and unique planning process that involved civic and business leaders, teachers, students, concerned citizens and architects. The planning process involved thoroughly evaluating the renovation possibilities of the existing 1916 Middle School building and the possibility of adding space on to the High School building. The study concluded that the best long-term solution for the School District was to build a new Middle School facility on property owned by the School District on the east side of town.

The building contains three sections of fifth through eighth grades and all of the supporting facilities. The academic areas are divided into the fifth thru sixth classroom pod on the east side of the building and the seventh thru eighth classroom pod on the west side with the Media Center, Science Labs and Technology Classrooms between. The planning committee felt it was important to have some separation between the upper and lower grades during most of the school day. Each classroom pod contains six classrooms, a Special Education Classroom, a Multi-Use space, student toilets and storage facilities.

The Commons (Cafeteria) space is located in the middle of the building adjacent to the main entrance. It provides separation between the academic areas and the noisy areas of the building and also serves as the gathering space for activities in the Gymnasium. Provisions were made to accommodate a portable stage in this area also for student presentations.

Other imaginative solutions include aligning the doors to the Wrestling Room with doors into the Gymnasium for ease of transporting the wrestling mats between rooms and utilizing second floor space in taller portions of the building, creating economical storage areas.

One of the strongest directives the School Board gave the architects and engineers was that they were not willing to sacrifice quality and ease of maintenance in the new construction. They also insisted on a very energy-efficient building. If choices had to be made to remain within the budget, other things would have to be considered first. Although some alternates were considered, very competitive construction bids allowed the building to be constructed exactly as desired without any compromises.

DIV 04:
Brick: Sioux City Brick & Tile.
DIV 07: EPDM: Carlisle; Metal Siding: Metal Building Components.
DIV 08: Windows: EFCO Corporation.
DIV 09: Drywall: USG; Carpet: Interface; Wood Flooring: Connor Sports; Acoustical Treatment: BPB Celotex; Chicago Metallic, USG.

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