PRESS RELEASE: Stahl Named Construction Manager for New Urbandale Elementary School

Urbandale, IA; August 15, 2019 –  Stahl was selected by the Urbandale Community School District (CSD) for the construction of a two-story, 118,000-square-foot elementary school. The new $28 million building, located at 7110 Prairie Avenue, will replace the existing Olmsted Elementary and feature state-of-the-art classrooms, kitchen and cafeteria, gymnasium, administration area, and auxiliary spaces.

Urbandale’s new school is a 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.

“We are grateful that our community supported the referendum to build two new elementary schools, which will provide quality learning centers for the next sixty years,” said Steve Bass, Superintendent of Urbandale CSD. “We look forward to partnering with Stahl as the Construction Manager Advisor and DLR Group as our architectural firm. We are confident that both organizations will design and construct school buildings that will foster safety, collaboration, creativity, efficiency, and provide exceptional learning environments for our students and staff.”

“Stahl specializes in building innovative learning environments that foster student growth and development,” said Lane Schoening, Vice President at Stahl. “We are thrilled to partner again with the Urbandale Community School District and DLR Group to reimagine the two new elementary schools, including the one we’re starting now, and have a positive impact on the community at large.”

“DLR Group is proud to facilitate the revitalization of elementary school facilities for the Urbandale School District,” said Eric Beron, AIA, Principal at DLR Group. “The new school building will provide 21st Century Learning Environments by offering varied learning spaces, while maintaining the ability to build community and foster relationships among students, staff and parents.”

Demolition of the existing Olmsted Elementary School began in mid-July 2019 with substantial completion of the new elementary school scheduled for May 2021. The facility will be completed in time for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

Upon completion of the new elementary school in 2021, Stahl will begin the demolition and construction of a second new elementary school at the existing Valerius Elementary School site in the summer of 2023. Following a similar two-year construction schedule, the anticipated completion date of the second elementary school is May 2025, in time for the 2025-2026 school year.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the first new elementary school will take place this fall. Representatives from the District, DLR Group, Stahl, the City of Urbandale, community members, and the media will gather to celebrate this milestone.

Construction of the new two-story, 118,000-square-foot Urbandale Elementary School is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 school year. (Rendering courtesy of DLR Group.)


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