Plans Move Forward for Ottumwa’s New Preschool


Plans are moving forward for a new preschool building on Ottumwa’s south side.

Dave Briden with FRK Architects presented the Ottumwa School Board with the first schematic designs for the project Monday night.

Plans call for a new preschool facility to be constructed on Williams Street, at the site of the now demolished Pickwick Elementary School.

Initial plans call for the preschool to sit much further south on the lot than where Pickwick stood. Two large parking lots, a staff lot and a public lot with more than 100 spaces will fill the area where Pickwick was.

Plans include twenty classrooms split into three wings. Each classroom shares a common restroom, changing area and storage closet with its neighbor.

Two of the wings of classrooms will flank an outdoor secured playground. With the playground wedged between three walls of the school, the district would only need to install a short section of fencing in order to create the secured outdoor playground.

Other features include a secured entrance in which visitors must walk through the office in order to get into the school, collaborative learning areas, a multi-purpose area near the front door designed to make pickup and drop off easier for parents and students, and an area that could be expanded in the future to include a gym or additional storage.

A timeline presented by Briden shows construction could begin as early as July of this year. Construction is expected to take approximately one year with the building opening at the beginning of the 2018/19 school year.

The final cost of the preschool project could approach more than $9.5 Million plus equipment and furnishings.

Photo courtesy Google Street View.

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