The University of Iowa

Essex Old School Building- Strategic Plan for Adaptive Reuse

Essex, Iowa
Academic Year 
2018-2019
College/Department 
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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As part of his graduate capstone project, Sports & Recreation management student Chris Gelhaus provided recommendations for the reuse of a historic school gymnasium in Essex, Iowa. 

Essex, Iowa, is interested in the redevelopment and reuse of a gymnasium within town. The city is looking for a community center, focused primarily on creating public spaces, hosting programming for youth and adults, and holding public events.

This project provided alternatives for the continued usage of the building, and recommendations for future usage for educational and recreational purposes for the residents of Essex.