Major construction projects underway at Orland School District 135

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Judy Lamelza

Special to Chicago Construction News

Orland School District 135 is initiating a massive construction effort involving five significant projects across the district. These developments are designed to expand and enhance the current school facilities, providing a more flexible and enriched learning environment.

Five school additions are planned to make our existing schools more flexible to support some of the immediate and long term needs of the district. Prairie is the first site to begin construction, with equipment and fencing already in place.

The following is a list of the five schools and a brief listing of the work involved:

Prairie Elementary – School Addition – estimated completion date: Fall 2024

7,500 sq. ft. addition will include:

  • Five new classrooms
  • Three new offices
  • New conference room and bathrooms

Orland Jr. High – School Addition – estimated completion date: Fall 2024

2,200 sq. ft. addition will include:

  • New fitness center
  • Updates to large gym

Liberty Elementary – School Addition – estimated completion date:  Fall 2024

5,500 sq. ft. addition will include:

  • Three new classrooms
  • Two new office spaces
  • New bathrooms
  • Updates to entrance

High Point Elementary – School Addition – estimated completion date:  Fall 2024

15,500 sq. ft. addition will include:

  • New gym
  • Four new classrooms
  • Updates to current art room
  • New student entrance, staff workroom and bathrooms

Centennial Elementary – School Addition – estimated completion date:  Fall 2024

7,900 sq. ft.  addition will include:

  • Five new classrooms
  • New office, conference room and bathrooms
  • Updates to current music room
  • New early childhood playground

Work is slated for completion in Fall 2024. The construction schedule has been planned to ensure that the learning experience of students during the 2023-2024 school year remains unaffected.

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