Yellow Iron Academy
Vermeer Manufacturing
Pella, Iowa

Challenge: Vermeer Manufacturing wanted to provide on-site early learning center for their employees’ children. The site the company selected is where the original Vermeer family farm was located. The charge to the design team was to create a state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible facility that honored the farm heritage of the Vermeer family.

SVPA Solution: The Yellow Iron Academy (so named after the color of the equipment produced by Vermeer Manufacturing) is a campus of three buildings: one two-story building and two one-story buildings connected to a one-story multi-purpose area. The design is reminiscent of the Dutch architecture of the Vermeer family farm, complete with silo. Siding materials consist of stone masonry wainscot (at the two-story structure), fiber cement panels, and limited areas of metal siding. Surrounding the buildings on three sides are exterior playgrounds for the different age groups. There is a commercial grade kitchen in the one structure for the preparation of food for the children and staff, and the multi-purpose room is designed to serve as a storm safe area for the occupants. The building envelope materials and geothermal heating and cooling contributes to energy efficiency.

Completion Date: August 2014

Project Size: 20,530 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Design Bid Build

Project Team:

  • Steve Gray, AIA
  • Jon Oosterhuis, AIA
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
  • Danielle Williams, IIDA, LEED Green Associate
  • Tometich Engineering
  • KJWW Engineering
  • Garden & Associates
  • Larson & Larson Construction

Became an SVPA Client in: 1963

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