MEDIA ALERT: Construction Continues at new Millard A. Olmsted Elementary School

Urbandale, IA; October 20, 2020  – Stahl continues construction at the Millard A. Olmsted Elementary School within the Urbandale Community School District (CSD). The two-story, 118,000-square-foot elementary school features state-of-the-art classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria, gymnasium, administration area, and auxiliary spaces. The new $28 million building, located at 7110 Prairie Avenue, will replace the previous Olmsted Elementary School.

The Urbandale CSD school board approved Millard A. Olmsted Elementary School as the name of the new school in December 2019. The name was selected based on the Survey #2 facilitated by the District’s Naming Committee, which Millard A. Olmsted received the highest number of responses. The naming of the commons / cafeteria and courtyard area for Isabell Jensen was also approved to continue honoring Ms. Jensen after the eventual closure of Jensen Elementary School. The Naming Committee is also honoring survey finalists Justin S. Martin and Peggy A. Whitson with displayed artwork and tributes within the school.

Urbandale’s new school is part of a $59 million bond referendum and long-term facilities plan for the District to meet the growing need for additional education spaces serving children in grades PK-5. Once complete, the open layout school will house up to 650 students with future expansion capabilities.
Current construction work in a wing that will house Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th grades includes framing, drywalling the second floor, and installing windows. Work in another wing that will house Pre-K, 2nd, and 3rd grades includes placing steel, pouring concrete, framing the exterior walls, and framing the interior wall layout.Demolition of the existing Olmsted Elementary School began in July 2019 with substantial completion of the new elementary school scheduled for May 2021. Upon completion, Stahl will begin demolition and construction of a second new elementary school at the existing Valerius Elementary School site in August 2021. Following a similar two-year construction schedule, the anticipated completion date of the second elementary school is May 2023.


The new Millard A. Olmsted Elementary School will be a two-story, four-section building.


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