Byron Center — On Aug. 30, fifth- and sixth-grade students will walk into a bigger space and discover more opportunities at the new Nickels Intermediate School.
During the summer, crews have been hard at work finishing up the details for the building’s opening and the arrival of its inaugural classes. The building is at 3100 84th St. SW, near West Middle School.
Photo gallery below by Dianne Carroll Burdick
“It provides a more comfortable learning environment with natural light into classrooms, a spacious outdoor area, up-to-date technology, and plenty of space to grow,” said Byron Center’s Communications Director Trisha McCauley.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., the project’s construction company, has kept the community in the loop with blog posts and photo updates about their progress. The architecture firm is TowerPinkster. Other features are a competition gymnasium with seating for 800, heated floors perfect for stretching out and reading comfortably; a low-maintenance galvanized roof, heated concrete sidewalks, resistant school guard glass and security doors. The school also has a bipolar ionization system for cleaner air and humidity-controlled storage for instruments in the band room.
The new Nickels Intermediate School is a major project funded by the $80 million bond passed in 2020.