RCCU1 Holds Groundbreaking for New Early Learning Pre-K Center

Richland County Community Unit #1 recently held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 30, 2022, for the new construction of its Early Learning Pre-K Center. Construction Manager Poettker Construction and designer BLDD Architects will build a new 16,400 square feet early learning facility to create more space for the district’s Pre-Kindergarteners and consolidate the elementary school and the Early Learning Center into one campus.

Richland County Elementary School opened in January of 2000 with the merger of three elementary schools in the district. Since then, multiple elementary school reorganization efforts have taken place, from closing an aging elementary school to adding one through the annexation of the West Richland School District into the county-wide district. Additionally, Richland County has seen growth in its Pre-K Programs over the past few years.

“The result of all of these factors is a very crowded elementary school. Through the construction of an early learning center, we solve the problem of a very cramped school and provide a dedicated facility to our preschool and birth to three programs,” said Chris Simpson, Superintendent of RCCU1. “We are confident in Poettker Construction and BLDD Architects’ ability to provide us with a modern early learning center that will meet the needs of our youngest learners and their families.”

The new Pre-K facility will include seven preschool classrooms, play areas, and an indoor multi-purpose area.

“Recently, Poettker Construction successfully completed a high school renovation and addition for Richland County Community Unit #1,” said Jon Carroll, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Poettker Construction Company. “We are excited to continue our partnership and deliver a greatly enhanced Early Learning Center to the community.”

Richland County Community Unit #1 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Early Learning Center located at 1001 N Holly Rd Olney, IL 62450. The new build is expected to be completed for the 2023-2024 school year.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is an award-winning family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction provides safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

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