Mary Lyon Elementary School Replacement

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New Mary Lyon building to open Sept. 5

The new Mary Lyon Elementary will open on the first day of school in the fall rather than in March as previously planned.

School staff, the superintendent and the district’s Planning and Construction staff believe this schedule works best for students, who prepare for and take standardized tests in the spring. We want to give the students every opportunity to succeed without the distraction of moving.
In the meantime, construction crews continue to work on the building and are expected to wrap up the project in the spring.

Take a look below at the progress on the building—designed specifically for Mary Lyon’s diverse population of learners to accomplish great things.
IMG_0563.JPG  Main entrance, on A Street.

IMG_0556.JPGSecond floor library.


IMG_0522.JPG Outdoor amphitheater area. 

IMG_0519.JPGClassroom view from playground area.

IMG_0537.JPG  Stage area in front of the gym/cafeteria. 

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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