Mary Lyon Elementary School Replacement


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Art at Mary Lyon: When it rains, it chimes

It’s whimsical. It’s musical. It’s interactive. It’s a downspout, too. This public art piece outside the new Mary Lyon Elementary, designed and built by local artist Jennifer Weddermann, is meant to invite students to get close to art and inspire their own creativity.

The school’s “sea to sky” classroom theme influenced the art piece, which chimes when rain runs through it. Stay tuned for a chance to help select the name of the art piece in the fall.

The new Mary Lyon opens in September. 

Rain Art_Play Image.jpg

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_0522.JPGOutdoor amphitheater area

IMG_0556.JPGSecond floor library​
IMG_0519.JPGClassroom view from the playground​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 September 2019.

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 - April 2019
Percent complete: 99%
Opening: September 2019
Architect: DOWA-IBI Group
Contractor: Pease & Sons

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