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Board Approves Architect for Operation Renovate & Innovate

October has been a busy month for Ozark School District Board of Education and administrators, as they selected the architect for Operation Renovate & Innovate projects, as well as the contractor for the front District Office portion of the Innovation Center. 

The Board of Education approved Esterly Schneider & Associates, Inc. as the architect for all Phase 1 long range plan projects, which include:

  • The Innovation Center
  • New District Office located in the front of the innovation center
  • Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center expansion in current District Office
  • The addition of a storm shelter and renovations to Ozark Middle School
  • Renovations to Ozark High School

All projects are in the planning stages, and the Board of Education will decide whether to include a bond issue on the April 2020 ballot. The proposed timeline for all projects except the District Office relocation is dependent upon a bond issue.

While it will be a while before construction starts on the back portion of the innovation center, construction will begin very soon on the front District Office portion. At the Oct. 17 Board of Education meeting, the board awarded the construction contract to Dewitt & Associates, which had the lowest base bid of $898,600 out of six contractors.

The construction bid is for the administrative offices inside the front portion of the Innovation Center, which includes 30 office spaces, a conference room and a board/training room. It also includes a remodel of the front exterior of the building.

Ozark maintenance staff has been working on demolition, which will allow new construction to start soon after construction contracts are completed. The projected move-in date for the new District Office portion is April 2020.

Now the District is working to decide which programs will move to the Innovation Center and what programs are enhanced by remaining in the high school. Programs for the Innovation Center will be selected in November, allowing the architects to create a needs assessment of what each program will require.

The architect will then start on the design phase of the center, which is slated to be completed in February. In the projected timeline presented by Esterly Schneider & Associates, construction would start in August 2020 and be completed by August 2021.

Exterior rendering of Innovation Center