Major renovations taking place at Meadowbrook Elementary this summer

RAPID CITY, S.D.-When students of Meadowbrook Elementary return to school this fall, they will notice a few major upgrades to their courtyards. Major renovations have begun to address drainage issues in the courtyard area, creating trip hazards due to uneven ground. Additionally, the water has led to indoor air quality concerns, along with maintenance issues. This summer, construction crews will essentially rebuild the courtyards and fix the drainage issues. This work will extend the life of the building, saving the District money in the long-run. 

The Facilities Department took the District’s Strategic Plan 2022 into consideration when designing the courtyards. Once complete, the spaces will feature a number of education tools to enhance district initiatives. The newly designed and renovated courtyards will include:
•    Arts/Music area in the courtyard
•    An ecology rich environment that teaches the geology of our area
•    A space to show how energy is converted (solar panel that converts light energy to electrical energy and then converted to mechanical energy) 
•    Two outdoor classrooms within the courtyard
•    Technological play equipment
•    Solar system focused reading area and learning experiences
•    Math and Science learning experiences 
•    ADA improvements and more

The first phase of the project is slated to be complete by September 2018.

Phase two of the project will happen next summer. The second phase will address traffic flow at the school - creating more vehicle entrance and exit points, pick up and drop off areas, and playground safety improvements. 

Facilities Manager, Kumar Veluswamy will be available for interviews at Meadowbrook on Thursday, June 14 between 10 and 11 a.m. Media with questions can contact Community Relations Manager Katy Urban at (605)394-4091. 

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