Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Galesburg, IL - The second project in the Galesburg Community Unit School District (CUSD) #205
$110M Master Facility Plan, Operation Rebuild Achievement, is ready to kick off. At 10:00 a.m. on
September 27, 2012 a groundbreaking ceremony will be held to commemorate the beginning of
construction on Steele Elementary at 1480 West Main Street in Galesburg, IL. Press is invited to
Steele Elementary will undergo a 47,250 s.f. renovation and addition to include new classrooms,
gymnasium / multipurpose space and a new administration area in the front of the building for security
purposes. Extensive improvements to the existing mechanical, electrical and fire sprinkler systems
will also be included.
"Steele Elementary is the first of the five so-called "cookie-cutter" schools that will be improved
through Operation Rebuild-Achievement. Among the enhancements is the use of geothermal heating
and cooling technologies, greater natural lighting, a single focal point of secure entry and additional
space to support the segregation of lunch, physical education and the performing arts. Additional
storage and re-configured spaces to improve the functionality and flow of the building among other
teaching and learning improvements are also included. The building will feature a new distinct
exterior look that will have great "curb" appeal," stated Guy Cahill, Assistant Superintendent of
Finance & Operations at Galesburg CUSD.
In March 2011, Galesburg CUSD selected Russell Construction and Dewberry Architects to deliver
the 10-year / $110M Master Planning process designed to improve student achievement and increase
property values by investing in the revitalization of 11 buildings within the district. For more
information on Operation Rebuild Achievement, please visit Galesburg CUSD's website at
www.galesburg205.org, or the project website at www.galesburg2020.com.
Currently, Russell and Dewberry are completing an 86,000 s.f. renovation of Lombard Middle School
in Galesburg, IL. For more information on Russell Construction, please visit their website at