Burlington Community School District launches High School Facilities Assessment and Master Planning Efforts

BURLINGTON, Iowa–The Burlington Community School District (BCSD), in conjunction with our partners Bray Architects and Construction Manager, Carl A. Nelson & Company, recently kicked off the high school facilities assessment and master planning process. The facilities assessment will focus on plumbing, HVAC, electrical systems, energy efficiency, building code analysis, health and life safety, security, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and traffic flow at our high school and other district facilities. Burlington High School opened 52 years ago in 1969 and received major additions in the early/mid 1970’s, early 80’s, and most recently in 2013 with the addition of a tornado safe room.

A Core Planning Team (CPT) has been established consisting of District Administration, Bray Architects, and Construction Manager, Carl A. Nelson & Company. The CPT will meet multiple times a month to evaluate and review the needs of the high school today and moving forward. Funding for the projects that will grow out of the District Administration’s master planning process will come from two places, neither of which will affect the school district tax rate. The two funding sources are ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) and SAVE (Secure an Advance Vision for Education) funding. ESSER funding was established by the Federal Government in 2020 for schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SAVE funding is a state program that must be utilized solely for school infrastructure purposes such as construction, reconstruction, repair, demolition work, purchasing, or remodeling of schoolhouses, stadiums, field houses, and bus garages.

“The investment into Burlington High School will position the school to serve the current and future needs of our high school students, and we are confident the project will bring additional educational opportunities and efficiencies to the district for years to come,” said Superintendent Pat Coen. “The building update is currently in the needs assessment and planning stage and will come at no additional cost to the taxpayer.”

The Burlington Community School District strives to have a profoundly positive impact on each student’s adult quality of life brought about by the students’ individual and collective educational experience.

Bray Architects is a full-service planning, architecture, interior design, and community engagement firm serving the Midwest since 1962. The company focuses on a variety of project types including K12, higher education, civic and municipal, corporate and financial, religious, sports and recreation, and performing arts. For more information, please visit the company’s website, www.brayarch.com.

Carl A. Nelson & Company is dedicated to assisting Iowa K-12 school districts to use their limited resources to provide the very best educational environment for 21st Century Learning and beyond. They work in collaboration with owners and architects to understand and implement the district’s goals while being good stewards of their financial resources. As a leading construction manager in the K-12 education market, Carl A. Nelson & Company has provided construction management services to over 20 Iowa school districts and their services will guide the district in making best value decisions during master planning and design by providing value engineering and experience-driven recommendations. We are the district’s advocate and will provide steady and experienced guidance through each phase of design and construction for a successful project. Carl A. Nelson & Company has built its reputation on honesty, quality and service second to none. For more information about Carl A. Nelson & Company and other markets they serve, please visit their website, https://www.carlanelsoncoconstruction.com/

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