October 2020 Design and Construction Update

District Administration is working closely with our design team (DLR Group) and contractors (Stahl for Olmsted Elementary School; Rochon Corporation for UHS Fitness Center, UHS/Webster main entry, and Webster computer lab; Two Rivers Group for UHS HVAC). Below you’ll find an updated summary of actions that have been taking place for multiple construction projects.


UHS Fitness Center

  • Fitness Center construction is complete! Thanks to Dynamic Fitness and Strength for providing this video to highlight our new Performance Lab and Studio. We look forward to hosting a ‘grand opening event’ when it is safe to do so.

  • Finish items have been noted, and corrections continue.
  • City inspections have been completed, and spaces are occupiable. There is still some work to complete on the sidewalks outside the fitness center in order to meet City guidelines.
  • Carpeting/LVT work has been completed in the activities office lobby.

New Olmsted Elementary

  • Olmsted Elementary is scheduled to open fall 2021 (for the 2021-22 school year).
  • Topsoil has been stripped, and stockpiled, and building rough grade
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on September 30, 2019
  • Update: Naming of the New Elementary School
  • Due to high groundwater and soil moisture content, a “Rammed Aggregate Pier” system is being used to stabilize the soil and foundation of the new structure. This requires 770 holes to be bored around the building perimeter, and load bearing interior walls, that are then filled with aggregate to form a solid, durable pier that can then be incorporated into the foundation system. Pier was completed the 2nd week in January. 
  • Foundations are poured
  • The fabricated steel and precast concrete panels are fabricated, and have been installed.
  • Steel erection is completed at buildings B, C, D. Currently, the full steel “skeleton” has been erected. Bar joist and floor decking are installed. Roof decking is installed.
  • Area D roof is on.
  • Area D second floor topping has been poured.
  • Area D framing and sheathing is completed. Spray on waterproofing is completed.
  • Blockwork is completed at the firewall between buildings C and D, as well as area A.
  • Blockwork for the safe room is completed  The roof decking has been installed in areas A and B.
  • Underground utilities are installed
  • All storm sewer main lines are installed
  • Gym wall construction is completed.
  • Block “corners” have been built up in several areas.
  • Area A steel has been erected.
  • A portion of the North parking lot has been poured. The West parking lot has been Poured.
  • Brick has begun being installed at area D.
  • Windows have been installed in portions of D.


UHS and Webster Elementary Main Entry Renovations; Webster Computer Lab Renovation

An important part of providing a safe and secure environment for all students, staff, and patrons of the Urbandale CSD is consistently evaluating facilities to maintain a balance of a welcoming and secure campus. Following further evaluation, door entry/lobby modifications are being planned at the Urbandale High School Main Entry and the Webster Elementary Main Entry in order to provide immediate and direct access to the Main Office upon arrival at each school building. In addition, we will be removing the tiered floor in the Webster Elementary computer lab in order to make the floor flat so the space can be better utilized. 

  • Urbandale CSD School Board provided approval of the Design Development
  • Urbandale CSD School Board provided approval of Rochon Corporation as our construction partners for these projects.
  • Webster computer lab remodel has been completed.
  • The stairway at the HS entry has been installed. 
  • Doors have been installed at the HS
  • Webster entry work is completed. Some door hardware is currently temporary. 
  • Wiring for electronic entry system is complete
  • The entry is functional and in use.

UHS HVAC Renovations

Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Comfort are key to enhancing the learning and working environment of all Urbandale CSD facilities. Over time, building system components age and need more than regular maintenance attention to maintain a healthy and comfortable environment. The oldest remaining portion of the original high school, the north gymnasium area, has HVAC systems that have exceeded their intended life span. Over the course of the 2019-20 school year and the following summer, the District is investing in HVAC upgrades to replace aged equipment, as well as add cooling to these spaces.

  • Urbandale CSD School Board provided approval of the Design Development
  • Part 1: South Gym
    • All existing duct work and mechanical units have been removed and new work on the gym floor level has been completed
    • We are back in the gym space at this time
  • Part 2: Weight Room
    • All existing duct work has been removed and the new duct is installed
  • Part 3: Locker Rooms, Training Room, Auxiliary Spaces
    • The installation of new duct work is completed in the South gym hallway Electrical work and drop ceiling work is completed
    • Sprinkler extensions are completed
    • The locker rooms and the training room are operational
  • Part 4: Balance of Work
    • Welding completed in the Wrestling Room and Fitness Room
    • All four of the units for the Gyms are installed on the roof. 
    • Additional work continues 
    • The balance of work to complete the project to include the North Gym and surrounding area and the Wrestling Room is complete. Ductwork and piping to individual offices and locker rooms is complete
    • Electrical service for the fitness center and part of the HVAC renovations has been completed.
    • Gas service has been installed, and lines to the rooftop units have been installed.
    • South Gym is being cooled by new rooftop units. 
    • All old air handling equipment has been demolished
    • Boilers in the gym are have been demolished and old piping demo is complete
    • New Aerco boilers are installed, and piping to them is complete.
    • New Breaker boxes have been installed in the North Gym Boiler Room.
    • Controls programming has begun.
    • New piping is being flushed.
    • System will be filled next week with glycol solution.
    • Boilers will be fired the second full week in October.
    • Commissioning of the system will follow.