New School Construction

Nebraska SD Breaks Ground on New Gym, Commons

Osceola Public Schools in Nebraska held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $7.7 million new building that will be constructed between the elementary school and high school.

The 26,000-square-foot addition will include a daycare, a new kitchen facility with updated equipment, a commons area and a new gymnasium that will improve the elementary school’s PE program.

Plans for the school building began in 2015 and after the district incorporated community feedback into their plans, the bond was passed earlier this year.

The commons area will function both as a cafeteria and a space for various school activities and events and will be linked to the new gym which seats 1,000. The gym will greatly enhance the elementary PE program and provide a space for physical activity during inclement weather. The new addition will include four locker rooms, an athletic training room, coaches’ offices and a new parking lot.

As part of this construction project, the main entrance to the elementary school will be renovated to provide a secure access point for visitors during school hours. There will also be a new safer walkway for students and parents.

Construction will begin next month and is expected to take a year to complete. Wilkins ADP is the architect and BD Construction is serving as the construction manager.

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Yvonne Marquez is senior editor of School Planning & Management magazine. She can be reached at ymarquez@1105media.com.