The Cedar Rapids school district facilities were devastated by the flood of 2008 along with many other businesses. With damage cost being astronomically high, the board decided to pursue building on land the school district already owned on the northwest side of the city. After operating out of temporary trailers and rented space throughout the city for four years, they finally have a permanent space back.
This beautiful building is the new Cedar Rapids School District Educational Leadership & Support Center. It is a 170,000 square foot facility with a $44.5 million dollar price tag. This will be the first time all of the districts support services will be under the same roof, housing over 200 employees that used to be spread out all over the city. Together they serve over 17,000 students.
The project was designed by Shive Hattery Architects and Engineers and built by Knutson Construction. Construction was completed in May 2012.