Byron Center innovates on the 5/6 school



The project is part of an $ 80.1 million bond program that was adopted by voters in 2020. The new 5/6 building is expected to be completed by the 2023-24 school year. Courtesy of Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.

School board members, administrators, students and partners of the Byron Center Public Schools project recently opened the new Nickels Intermediate Building.

The project is part of an $ 80.1 million bond program that was adopted by voters in 2020. The new 5/6 building is expected to be completed by the 2023-24 school year.

Byron Center Public Schools Superintendent Dr Kevin Macina said he was grateful for the community’s support and partnering with the school board to make the bond campaign a success. This project enables future growth and continues to improve student learning for years to come.

The new Nickels Intermediate 5/6 building near West Middle School will be 125,000 square feet and accommodate 850 students with potential for future growth. The new building will have innovative classroom spaces; science lab and STEM classrooms; discussion spaces for individualized learning; a full-size gym; and choir, orchestra and art spaces.

In addition to building a modernized learning space, the focus will be on student safety and security with secure vestibules, access control and surveillance cameras.

Other bond projects include:

  • The current Nickels 5/6 building will be renovated to become a K-4 building
  • Renovations to Marshall Elementary School, Brown Elementary School, Countryside Elementary School and West Middle School
  • District-wide technology and security updates
  • Updates to systems and finishes at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center
  • New buses that can accommodate 77 passengers

Renovations to the current Nickels School will begin once the new building is complete and will be completed by summer 2024. Renovations at Marshall Elementary School, Brown Elementary School, Countryside Elementary School, West Middle School and Van Singel Fine Arts Center will be completed this summer of 2022.

The $ 80.1 million bond program is managed by Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. and designed by TowerPinkster.



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