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Barack and Michelle Obama School

Barack and Michelle Obama School: Construction Project

CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS AND ARTIST RENDERINGS OF REMODELING PROJECT

The Barack and Michelle Obama School will receive significant remodeling throughout its building and grounds. Once complete, the site will serve two separate programs: a PreK-5 Montessori magnet program with a maximum capacity of 450 students, and a middle school (grades 6-8) with a maximum capacity of 450 students (the middle school’s schedule and curriculum will follow SPPS’s middle school model; see the similarities between the Montessori Model and Middle School Model; Hmoob, Karen, Espanol, Soomaali).
 

Project type: Renovations and remodeling

Project timeline: Summer 2023 to fall 2025 (subject to change)

Budget: $72,300,000

Scope of Work

  • Renovation of general learning space, gym, auditorium, cafeteria, media center, art room, administration office

  • New identifiable and secure entry, parent room, kitchen addition, inclusive restrooms

  • New electrical and mechanical systems

Obama Site Map

The first image below shows how the Obama site is composed of two buildings joined by passageways and a centralized main area that will house shared spaces. The east side of the complex will house the PreK-5 elementary Montessori program; the west side will house the middle school (grades 6-8)

As shown with red arrows, the parent drop off/pick up will remain on the north side of the building and the bus drop off/pick up will remain on Holly Ave.

The second image below shows how the majority of the site will have dedicated spaces for each program while some spaces will be shared such as the media center, cafeteria, administrative offices, and student support services. The site has two gyms on the west side, one of which will be dedicated to each program.

 

Obama construction site map

 

 

Obama elementary and middle school programs with shared spaces

 

Receive periodic project updates on Obama School's new building construction.

MONTHLY PROJECT UPDATE

January 2024
(see archive of past updates of all capital projects)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michelle Bergman Aho
Project Manager
C: 612-400-4537
INTERNAL LINK michelle.bergman-aho@spps.org