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Immediate Response

Central Intermediate School

Ottawa Elementary
School District 141
Ottawa, Illinois

In September 2008, Central Intermediate School, located on a riverbank, flooded and was condemned by the Regional Office of Education.

GreenAssociates assisted the District with immediate temporary classroom space and coordinated the conversion of a shuttered Wal-Mart store into an interim school which was opened in the fall of 2009. In February 2010, the citizens of Ottawa passed a referendum to rebuild Central School.  GreenAssociates continued to work with the Administration and Community in designing the replacement building.

The new school educates 5th and 6th graders in a 2-story, 20-classroom wing that includes computer labs, special education lab and classrooms. A library / media center and instructional technology lab support the learning spaces while fine arts are housed in a dedicated art room.  Band and chorus rooms, with practice spaces, support the performing arts.

A 2-station gym has bleacher seating for 600, while the cafetorium and stage will accommodate over 650. This building is now ‘Silver’ LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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