Press Release | Groundbreaking on Improvements to Area Schools
COLUMBUS, Wis. - April 19, 2021– Columbus School District, along with partners C.D. Smith Construction and Bray Architects, celebrated a groundbreaking on Wednesday, April 14, a major milestone in the District’s initiative to improve and transform learning opportunities for area students. Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred at both the elementary school and high school to kick off construction for the additions and renovations.
The ceremonies were attended by Columbus School District Superintendent, Annette Deuman; School Board Representatives (present and past), Bill Braun and Cindy Damm; Incoming Columbus Mayor, Mary Arnold; C.D. Smith Construction SVP, Greg Sabel; CFAC Representative, Lori Galston; and Bray Architects President, Matt Wolfert.
Marking the first substantial facilities improvement project at Columbus School District since the 1980s, additions totaling 60,000 sq. ft. and renovations totaling 59,600 sq. ft. will provide 21st Century and STEAM learning opportunities for all students. Columbus Elementary School improvements will result in a “like new” school with a major addition including classrooms, a cafeteria, and new gymnasium and renovations that will touch almost all areas of the existing school.
These projects are only possible because of a community-led process that identified needs, explored solutions, and eventually recommended the scope of the successful referendum. The projects are scheduled to be completed in August 2022.
“Six years of community conversations, incorporating voices of parents, students, business owners, community members and staff, along with community-wide surveys and the work of the Community Facilities Advisory Committee, led us to this historical event. The District is greatly appreciative to have a community that values and supports children, education, and future thinking. This day is a proud moment in Columbus Cardinal history.” Annette Deuman, Columbus School District Superintendent
“It is a pleasure to be selected as the construction manager on this exciting project. The Columbus school and community has a vision, and our job is to bring that vision to life and offer the ultimate construction experience for the students, faculty and all involved.” Greg Sabel, SVP, C.D. Smith Construction.
“Columbus School District is committed to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities that will arise from the changing technologies and economies of the future. Active learning offers a path to develop the skills needed in the digital age, and Bray is honored to be a partner in helping the District design educational spaces that support their goals.” Matt Wolfert, President, Bray Architects
Columbus School District
Located in South Central Wisconsin, the Columbus School District serves preK-12th grade students and their families in Columbia, Dodge and Dane Counties.
For more information, visit www.columbus.k12.wi.us.
C.D. Smith Construction is an industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and self-performing trade services combined with technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through construction. With veteran leadership and a dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.
Bray Architects provides master planning, architectural and interior design services for higher education and K-12, civic/municipal, financial/corporate, recreation/athletic and performing arts markets.
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Discover more about our extensive experience building state-of-the-art educational facilities. Our work in educational construction includes group learning classrooms, open collaboration spaces, dedicated STEAM classrooms, maker spaces, art classrooms, lecture halls, music classrooms, learning resource centers, laboratories, aquaponics, performance centers, shop classrooms, innovation kitchens, fitness facilities, competition pools, gymnasiums, recreation centers and entire campuses.
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