Waukee School District

We have completed over a dozen projects for the Waukee School District. The mission of the School Nutrition Service Department is to provide a variety of appealing, nutritious, and safe meals in an environment that is respectful of student and faculty needs with the commitment of a cost-effective and efficient program.

Waukee High School was designed to serve the growing community of Waukee, Iowa. The main serving area includes a Global, Traditional, Grill, Classics, and Action Station, as well as a wide variety of à la carte options and grab-and-go items.

Back-of-house production and storage spaces were built to be extremely efficient for staff. This allows for a clear delineation between work and traffic aisles, creating ample room to work with a focus on safety. Also included on the project is a Concessions space adjacent to new athletic facilities, as well as a student-run café, featuring coffees, a bakery, and grab-and-go items, as well as freshly made smoothies.

A large Culinary Arts lab, complete with commercial foodservice equipment and an ADA accessible student workstation, was also featured in the design. The layout includes dry storage, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, and a commercial ware washing area. The Culinary Arts lab features an instructor’s suite with a wide variety of high-end cooking equipment and excellent sightlines supported by audiovisual equipment, so lessons can be captured by students.

Waukee Middle School houses approximately 825 students. The building was initially a satellite facility and this work included expansion of the production and storage areas to allow this building the capability to produce food for up to four nearby elementary schools.

The South Middle School project involved the renovation and expansion of an existing middle school to accommodate an increased number of students and on-site production.


Featured Project: Waukee High School
Location: Waukee, IA
Opening Date: 2021
Equipment Cost: $1,500,000
Peak Meal Volume: 1,800
390,000 SF High School


Schuler Elementary School
Maple Grove Elementary
Waukee Elementary School
Grant Ragan Elementary
Woodland Hills Elementary
Radiant Elementary School
Sugar Creek Elementary
South Middle School
Waukee Middle School
Vince Meyer Learning Center
Waukee High School
Northwest High School
Prairieview School
Timberline School

“frk has had the good fortune to with Rippe Associates for more than 20 years on many projects together. Our focus is the K-12 market and we have always appreciated the deep knowledge base, attention to detail, and extensive experience the team at Rippe Associate provides for educational design. We have also greatly valued the professional, yet personal approach, their designers take with our clients. When working with Rippe, we are always confident the project will be a success!”

Thomas C. Wollan, AIA, LEED AP

Partner at frk architects + engineers

“When it comes to dietary planning, Rippe is always first on my list when team building. They have a strong understanding of all the issues, are creative problem solvers, and are consistent with their execution.”

Daniel J. Rectenwald, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

Vice President, Principal at HGA

"The development of Elmhurst Hospital’s replacement campus was complex. The Rippe team supported our vision to transform healthcare foodservice. The result was exceptional reviews from our patients and staff, along with a facility that supported efficient operations."

David E. Reeves

Past President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)

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