Educational Leadership and Support Center


ELSC Blog…………

June 13, 2012 – The Educational Leadership and Support Center was officially dedicated today. A community Open House was also held.  All support departments are now located at the site.

March 22, 2012 – Though the property is still an active construction site, District staff have begun to move into the ELS Center from their temporary locations around the community. The moving process will continue over the next several weeks, concluding with the Transportation Department in June. An Open House will be held June 13.


December 2, 2011 - The ELS Center continues to progress towards completion. The exterior drives and walks are near completion. Interior finishes continue with flooring, ceilings, and cabinet installation. Electrical is trimming outlets and switches; mechanical is wrapping up the HVAC system and will begin testing the systems and plumbing will begin setting fixtures soon.


October 21, 2011 - Construction is proceeding as planned. Mother Nature is cooperating with generally dry weather. Drywall is being installed as nearly all windows have been installed and commissioned (tested). Painting is progressing on all floors. The brick exterior is 80% complete. The bus parking is paved. Improvements to Edgewood Road are complete. The employee parking lot and Ellis road improvements are scheduled for early November.  The bus refueling station installation has begun. Entrance curtain wall installation has begun.


August 19, 2011 – Construction is progressing on schedule. The building enclosure will soon be complete as the contractor finishes the installation of windows, doors, and roof. The interior spaces have been defined with the completion of interior stud walls. Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing piping are now being installed in the walls. Soon wall and floor finishes will begin.


July 21, 2011 – The extreme heat of this week has not slowed progress on the facility. “I am pleased with the ongoing progress of the District’s flood recovery project,” noted Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent. “The functions of the various departments it will house are beginning to take form and the size and scope of the building are now clearly evident from both Ellis and Edgewood Roads.”


July 7, 2011 – The contractor is beginning construction on turn-lanes into the property on Edgewood Road. This will require closing one lane in each direction at that location for approximately two weeks.


June 14, 2011 – Progress continues as this past week the exterior walls and roof framing was completed. Two of the four geothermal wells have been completed as work continues on the last two. Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work continues on the interior as well as metal stud wall framing. An air barrier is being installed on the exterior of the building, followed by a spray-on insulation and brick. In the coming weeks work on the loading dock, bus parking area, and a new entrance on Edgewood Road will begin.


April 20, 2011 – Members of the District’s Flood Recovery Core Team and Board of Education recently toured the construction site to review progress to date. Click the “Photos” link to see pictures from the April 15 tour.


March 23, 2011 – Check out the latest construction pictures by clicking on the ‘photos’ link at the left.


March 3, 2011 – March is expected to bring a flurry of construction activity on the site. At this point, the lower level concrete pours are complete and structural steel is being set (and can be seen from the road). Crews are working on water proofing and will begin the spray insulation process by mid month.


February 1, 2011 – The District ELS Center has been recognized as one of a community Sign of Progress. http://www.cr.k12.ia.us/news/Stories2010-2011/20110124A.html


January 7, 2011 – Earlier this week, Shive-Hattery met with the contractor and sub-contractors to discuss exterior wall details prior to any exterior wall construction. The discussions centered around responsibilities, constructability, sequencing, and detail modifications. The cooperative discussions were very productive with an end result of agreeable adjustments to the details which will maintain school district goals and provide better and more efficient installation by the contractors. This is a very unique opportunity to participate in these discussions, one which will be repeated during construction.


December 29, 2010 – The Core Team appreciated a recent presentation from Knutson Construction. The Project Manager explained the process used by the firm to efficiently schedule the multiple and overlapping projects involved in the facility’s construction. 


December 3, 2010 – The pan deck is being poured today on the area known as “D.” This includes the location for Buildings and Grounds, Graphics and Printing, the long- term storage area, and the Safe Room. As winter weather moves in, crews are also setting forms so foundation walls can be completed as quickly as possible.


November 17, 2010 – Members of the District’s Flood Recovery Core Team recently toured the construction site to review progress to date. Click the “Photos” link to see pictures from the Nov. 11 tour.


November 8, 2010- Most walls have now been poured in area “D” (Buildings and Grounds, Graphics and Printing and Storage). The footings have been dug around to the NE corner of area “A” (Transportation Department) and walls are now being poured. The parking lot is also in place and there are two job trailers on the site.


November 1, 2010 – Progress is moving along….A section of the wall and columns was recently poured with additional walls being poured this week. Footings are also being put in. The staging area will be complete by the end of this week. Grading is also in progress to provide a smooth road for the variety of trucks that will be delivering project materials to the site.


October 12, 2010 - The Board of Education voted unanimously Oct. 11 to award the third and final bid package to Knutson Construction Services of Iowa City.


Description: Description: Description: ELS17The bid of $31.7 million was the lowest received and less than the estimate projected by Shive-Hattery Inc.

Site construction continues on the property. Recent dry weather has helped crews to catch up on work that had been delayed by rain. The latest progress has included the installation of a French drain and the geopier grid. The building footprint is also now visible. 







Oct. 1, 2010 - Site construction is now underway on the Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELS Center) to be built at 2500 Edgewood Road NW. The 169,000-square-foot building will replace facilities damaged in the June 2008 flood and house all District support departments. The District expects the building to be complete in mid-2012. We’ll be posting construction updates – including photo and video links - here as the project progresses. Be sure to check back.


Description: Description: Description: TreeRecyclingSite construction began in August. Throughout the project, recycling and sustainability will be an ongoing focus. Efforts have been made to retain as many trees on property as possible. Those that couldn’t be saved were made into mulch. As the Transportation building was taken down, the benches and overhead doors were salvaged and the copper, fencing, concrete, asphalt, wiring, conduits, light fixtures, steel, and aluminum were recycled.



Click on the links at the left for additional information about the Educational Leadership and Support Center.