Mary Lyon Elementary School Replacement


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A look at Mary Lyon, inside and out

Take a look at the way Mary Lyon Elementary is shaping up and visibly reflecting what people said they wanted in their new school.

Students, staff, parents and community members asked for a building that provides inspiring spaces, engages the community and embraces its diverse population of learners – a place where students can accomplish great things.

With public art, a community living room, “sea to sky” classroom themes and magnificent, two-story library space, the vision is becoming a reality.

The new Mary Lyon is expected to open this winter.


IMG_9646.JPG  Main entrance plaza will include a playful public art piece.



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  "From the sea" classroom. 


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  View from upper library to the main entrance. 


IMG_9634.JPG  Wall ball to the far left, turf field, soft play awaiting playground equipment, and amphitheater.


They grow so fast

Take a look at this time-lapse video showing the new Mary Lyon Elementary. In reality, it takes a bit longer, of course. The school will open in winter of the 2018-19 school year.

You can also click here to see what's happening right now on the live construction web-cam. Use internet Explorer with Adobe Flash enabled to view the live feed.

 
Updated November 13, 2018

About the project

​Project overview

Lyon Elementary School currently has a capacity of 450 students that includes preschool through fifth grade. The existing facility was originally constructed in 1925 with 41,017 square feet on just under 3 acres. Several additions were made between 1948 and 2003.
 

The new replacement project will:

  • Construct a new building expected to sustain a lifespan of 50 years.
  •  Provide approximately 56,000 square feet of innovative learning spaces for students.
  • Allow students to attend school in a different location during construction.

The project’s design phase began in fall 2015 and went through spring 2017. Construction began in July 2017. Students attend school in the old McKinley Elementary while their new schools is being built.

Square footage: 56,625
Student capacity: 450
Projected budget: $34.9 million
Design: August 2015 - April 2017
Construction: July 2017 - October 2018
Percent complete: 94%
Opening: Winter of the 2018-19 school year
Architect: DOWA-IBI Group
Contractor: Pease & Sons

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