Dr. Howard Elementary

About the project

The Dr. Howard Elementary project is a $17.6 million complete rebuild, allowing us to demolish the existing structure and construct a new school on the current school site.

What's happening now?

  • Spring 2018 - After meetings with District and school staff and two community info nights (January 23 and April 10), the project management team reviewed and incorporated feedback. Design will continue until the fall of 2018.

  • May 2018 - We celebrated and said farewell to the original Dr. Howard building on Thursday, May 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • June 2018 - The campus moved to 1103 N. Neil St., Champaign (currently Columbia Center), where Dr. Howard will be housed during construction.

  • June 2018 - Architectural salvage started.

  • July - August 2018 - Architectural salvage is complete. Hazardous material abatement is ongoing. 

  • September 2018The Champaign Fire Department performed fire ground operations training on site on September 5-7 and 10-14.

  • September - November 2018 - The school building will be demolished starting September 25, and the site will be cleared to make way for new construction. Utility work is scheduled for mid-September through November. A fence will be up around the perimeter. James Street will remain open during construction. 

  • December 2018-January 2019 - Demolition work was extended due to weather and is complete as of early January.  Replacement of soil for new foundation is also complete.

  • Early 2019 - Construction of the new building will begin. James Street closed in late February to facilitate demolition of surrounding properties and construction of the new school. 

  • Spring 2019 - City of Champaign continues work on the West Washington Drainage Project. Foundation and utility work is on-going.

  • Summer 2019 - Work on foundations, site utilities, and paving is on-going through August 2019.  Erection of the structure, began with install of precast walls in June 2019. Steel framing, pouring of concrete floor slabs, and roofing continue through Summer 2019. Beginning in September and through Fall 2019 exterior wall construction and interior wall framing continue. 

  • Winter 2019-20Roofing, exterior insulation, brick, curtain wall, and windows to be completed in December 2019. Interior wall framing as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure rough-in work will continue. Interior insulation, drywall, and ceiling systems ongoing.

See the timeline for all projects 

See most recent BOE presentation

An update on all Unit 4 building projects was presented at Referendum Oversight Committee on March 2, 2020. Click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation.  

What will the changes look like?

The images and video below show the latest plans as presented to the Board of Education on January 14, 2019. 

Download the PDF  Watch the board meeting




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