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Olsson helps Grand Island schools build to meet growing needs

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mary Sullivan, Communications

The public schools in Grand Island, Nebraska, were running out of room – and fast. Many schools were resorting to modular buildings for added classrooms. With about 150 students being added to the enrollment total each year, officials knew it was necessary to begin expanding and preparing for future incoming students and educators.

Agreeing that action was needed to accommodate Grand Island’s students, the city’s voters passed a school bond issue last year for $69.9 million. These funds would be earmarked to pay for essential projects at seven different schools.

Olsson is helping with several of these projects, which include expanding and adding new units, renovating existing classrooms and wings, and adding one brand-new elementary school. Many of the schools will also be adding safety measures, such as redesigned entrances requiring all visitors to enter through the main office of the building. New classrooms at all seven schools will also have walls and doors that use modern security measures. Also, the drop-off and pick-up zones at three schools are being designed to keep students safe during high-traffic times.

Olsson is taking part in five of these projects, which include the following:

  • Expanding Shoemaker and Engleman Elementary Schools
  • Renovating Barr Middle School
  • Constructing Starr Elementary
  • Constructing Stolley Park Elementary

For these projects, Olsson is providing a number of services that include survey (topographic and platting), civil design, landscaping, geotechnical, structural, and construction administration. Olsson will assist with these and other slated projects through 2017.

Construction on Engleman Elementary School has already started and will be ready for students in fall 2015. Shoemaker’s construction has also begun and will be ready in fall 2016. Construction for Barr and Starr will begin this summer and will be completed by fall 2017.

Rendering of Starr Elementary School. Courtesy of CMBA Architects.

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