Since Storm Lake High School’s original construction in 1962, the building has undergone several additions; however, the District had not made any significant enhancements or improvements to the high school’s infrastructure or learning environments in nearly two decades. As a steadily growing district serving a diverse population, Storm Lake CSD decided it was time to redesign the facility so that it reflects the school’s identity and provides students with unique spaces to connect and collaborate. DLR Group’s design for the addition and renovation of Storm Lake High School incorporates 21st century learning spaces throughout, transforming the existing facility into a holistic, modern, and environmentally-conscious high school that blends the old with the new. Intrinsic in the design’s conception is the District’s strong connection to the community and its commitment to the fine arts. A key focal point is the dramatic, state-of-the-art auditorium addition, which is highlighted by a curved wall in the commons area and a spectacular performing arts venue ideal for use by students and professionals alike. The result of strong a collaboration between DLR Group designers and Storm Lake educators and administrators, the updated high school features 360° learning environments that encourage spontaneous instruction and flexible breakout spaces and teaming areas that drive collaborative engagement. The scope of work for this project included multifaceted renovation of the existing 160,000 SF high school as well as 57,000 SF of new additions. Additions the facility, which serves 650 students in grades 9-12, included a 750-seat auditorium, 9th grade academic wing, and a practice gymnasium. In addition to the newly expanded areas, a complete interior renovation was undertaken and included modernizations to classrooms, restrooms, public spaces, and administration areas. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, and interiors services.