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From the Ground Up: Delaware Elementary School

1505 S. Delaware Ave.

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Owner/developer: Springfield Public Schools
General contractor: Crossland Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: H Design Group LLC and The Hollis & Miller Group Inc. (Kansas City)
Engineers: Olsson Inc., civil; The Hollis & Miller Group Inc., structural; and CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 66,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $23.8 million
Lender: None
Estimated completion: August
Project description: Up to 350 students will attend the new Delaware Elementary school that’s slated to open before the fall semester, said Springfield Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe. Plans call for a gymnasium that acts as a safe room, 14 classrooms, a library, art room, cafeteria and secured entrances, according to SPS planning documents. It also calls for nine special education classrooms. The project off of East Bennett Street is part of the $168 million Proposition S bond issue voters approved in April 2019. The previous elementary school was demolished at the site last summer, and students were relocated last year to the former Sherwood Elementary School.

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