Gerald W. Kirn Middle School
BVH has worked with the Council Bluffs Community School District the past few years to design and implement additions and renovations at two middle schools, and to transform a former retail building into a swing site while each facility is under construction.
Work recently completed at Kirn Middle School saw the improvement of learning environments for each grade—including expanded commons, increased classroom sizes, additional natural daylighting, and coordinated material and color palettes for each grade.
Unused auditoriums and lecture halls have been transformed into flexible learning spaces, including an additional practice gymnasium. Improvements to safety and security provide direct visuals of the main entry points as well as code-mandated upgrades to restrooms, smoke separation walls, exit paths and hardware. Accessibility has also been improved with a more clear traffic flow, removal of existing barrier steps, and full access to all building areas. Building systems and energy efficiency has been addressed with new and upgraded mechanical systems, upgraded plumbing systems, and upgraded electric and lighting systems.
Photography by William Hess