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Ames High School Project

November 2021

August 2021

At the end of July 2021, 71% of the construction period had elapsed on the new Ames High School. Get an aerial view of the new high school

May 2021 Update

Ames High School construction site

At the end of April 2021, 63% of the construction period had elapsed on the new Ames High School. Notable progress has been made on the north portion of the project that includes the auditorium, academic, fine arts, and CTE wings. On April 30, the large crane that was a staple in the skyline of the project was demobilized and removed from the site. Although exterior work continues on portions of the project, such as brickwork on the west side of the building, much of the work has moved indoors, focusing on mechanical and electrical installation. In the auditorium, concrete slabs are continuing to be installed in the balcony areas. With the pool basin already excavated, a myrtha panel system is being installed in the deep end while below deck ductwork and piping continues. Substantial completion date for the new Ames High School is April 30, 2022, and is scheduled to open in August 2022.

Ames High pool construction Ames High construction of the pool

March 2021 Update

Aerial view of the Ames High construction project

At the end of December, 54% of the construction period had elapsed. Although three winter storms created some variance to start the new year, the project continues to move along at a great pace. Exterior work included the installation of precast panels in the CTE wing and steelwork in the auditorium for the balcony, catwalks, and fly loft structures. Temporary enclosures were created in several areas to allow for temporary heating. Drywall and painting began in the south portion of the building including the athletics areas, which was the first phase of construction. Excavation of the west end of the pool (deep end) began and underfloor piping in the pool is in progress. Pool materials were delivered and are being stored on site. The new Ames High School is scheduled to open in August 2022.

Ames High Construction Project Walk Through – Part I (October 2020)

Project Walk Through – Part II (October 2020)

New Ames High School Q & A page

New Ames High Construction :  Live Camera View  

Approved Board Actions, Presentations and Forum Information
are in chronological order with most recent actions listed first.


Action Taken 

From District News   Ames High Construction Update and Summer Parking 2020

September 9, 2019 

Ames High School Sustainability
OPN Power Point Presentation 

August 26, 2019 

Ames High School Bid Issuance #2
Recommended Award Summary


 You Tube Video
Digging Geothermal Wells 

July 8, 2019 

New High School Bid Issuance #2
Building Bid Packages & Proposed Schedule 


July 2, 2019 

Phases of Construction News Article 

Phases of Construction

May 21, 2019 

Phases of New Ames High School Construction 

February 21, 2019 

School Board Work Session
Presentation on the New Ames High Project
Update by OPN Architects SmOverallAHS22519

December 10, 2018

Update on New High School Project. OPN Architects
OPN Presentation of Power Point on updates 

  September 24, 2018 

Approval of New Ames High School
Schematic Designs. OPN.

Exhibit A-3.   Schematic Files 


 September 11, 2018 

  Public Forum Presentation Summery 

September 5, 2018

OPN Presentation at Public Forum 


View it on the Public Forum YouTube Now

 August 15, 2018

You Tube Video of the latest updates 

This is a “first look” at the location of the future of Ames High. Images reflect the work done by OPN Architects during the schematic design phase of development.

August 13, 2018 

School Board Work Session 
OPN updates to the district 

July 9, 2018 Final Programming Document from OPN delivered and approved by board. 
April 23rd, 2018   Discussion with Architect on New Ames High School Project. Board Work Session 
 April 3rd, 2018 Ames bond referendum for a new high school has been approved by Ames voters with a 84.77% % yes vote.
February 19, 2018 Selection of OPN Architects for New Ames High School Project. 
   ( links as minutes as approved ) 
February 5, 2018  School Board Resolution Ordering a Special Election on the Issuance of $110,000,000 General Obligation School Bonds.
December 18, 2017 

School Board Works Session Minutes
Dec. 18 ,2017 .

Board held a work session to work on language for the High School Project referendum planned for
April 3, 2018.

December 4, 2017  Selection of Construction Manager for High School and Pool Projects
November 27, 2017   Construction Management Interviews 
October 23, 2017  Public Request For Proposal  on  Construction Management 
May 1, 2017 

Minutes Board Work Session on Phase 1

March 8 ,2017   Facilities Committee update, Task 3 of Phase 1 study.
February 27, 2017  Board update for the Phase 1 study, 

Videos on the Ames High School Bond Referendum of April 2018

Why are Elementary Schools on the Bond  
How the High School Bond Will impact Taxes

Ames-based Haila Architecture completed a Phase I Study to evaluate the existing high school building and to consider options for renovation/additions or new building construction.  The resulting Report (Phase 1 Summary Documents – below) includes an assessment of the condition of the existing building; high level conceptual programming; conceptual building and site layouts for renovation/additions or new building construction; and consideration for phasing, cost, and schedule for renovation/additions or new building construction.

The Board of Directors for the Ames Community School District in response to High School Phase I Study, Report, and community input, has determined that the current High School facility including the swimming pool is inadequate to offer the educational program of the District. To address these needs, the Board of Directors plans to prepare a Bond Referendum for community vote in April 2018 to fund a new High School building. 

Previous Phase 1 Summary Documents
Task 1 – Assessment of Existing Building and Site
Task 2 – Programming
Task 3 – Building and Site Conceptual Design
Task 4 – Cost Opinion and Schedule

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