Built in 1959, Linn-Mar High School has undergone eight periods of construction and renovation, resulting in a confusing layout and fragmented design. In a school district anticipating the addition of a second high school within the next 15 years, district leaders realized the need to invest in the existing school to help it hold its own against a brand new school. DLR Group's design unifies the school brand and creates, for the first time, cohesive organization to the educational environment. With a focus on flexibility of space, synergy between curriculum areas and blending of new and old structures, the first addition provides a social commons with connectivity to dining, outdoors, the gymnasium, a guidance center and the main activity entrance that allows for large group presentations, additional dining options, career and community fairs and social collaboration. The second addition encourages innovation and discovery with the capability of hosting culinary arts events, exhibits, community seminars and project displays. With maximum exposure to the community, this commons sends a strong message of collaboration and discovery. The entry design provides a strong sense of identity and enhances school spirit; while the branding and graphics carried throughout create an inclusive community feeling.