Ground broken on new College CSD school building

Ground broken on new College CSD school building

3 months, 2 weeks ago

School's first students, now in 2nd and 3rd grade, turn dirt in ceremonial start to project.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Site work already was underway, but on a sunny first day of June 2021 in the College Community School District, students and parents in the future Prairie Creek Intermediate School helped mark the ceremonial start to construction of the new grades 5 and 6 intermediate school.

The $53.4 million ($42.5 million construction cost), 189,500 square-foot school building on the expanding College CSD — commonly known as Cedar Rapids Prairie  campus on Cedar Rapids' south side, is slated for completion in August 2023.

Carl A. Nelson & Company (CANCO) is construction management agency for the project, which marks the first-ever use of CMa delivery by the district. CANCO was awarded the contract in 2020, and through the pre-construction phase was able to assist in bringing the design within the available budget. 

Project cost was further reduced when actual bids came in nearly $2 million below estimates due to aggressive marketing of bid packages, which resulted in receipt of multiple submissions for each on bid day in April 2021. About 70 percent of the construction cost is accounted for by contractors located within 30 miles of Cedar Rapids, said Chris Smith, vice president of operations for CANCO's Burlington office, and the firm's construction management project executive.

View the accompanying video and photo gallery for highlights of the ceremony.

Carl A. Nelson & Company is a leading K-12 construction manager in Iowa, providing needs assessment, master planning and pre-bond services, in addition to pre-construction and construction management. Learn more about our services to K-12 clients by visiting our education portfolio