Lawton, OK – Lawton Public Schools (LPS) is set to break ground on the new Eisenhower Middle School (EMS) facility – located east of the current school building – at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. The ceremony is open to the public.
“The groundbreaking is symbolic of the investment our community has made in education and our students,” said Beverly Mattingly, Eisenhower Middle School principal. “We can focus on what is important—teaching students and preparing young people for life.”
The new construction comes at an approximate cost of $46 million and is funded by the $99.5 million dollar 2017 Lawton Can: Student Investment Program bond approved by Lawton voters in November 2017. The 155,609 sq. ft. building will house 1,000 students with access to a student commons area, 1,500-seat auditorium, 1,000-seat competition gymnasium and FEMA shelter spaces. The school is designed by Architects in Partnership (AIP) and Crossland Construction will oversee the project as the Construction Manager.
“After discussing the need to replace EMS for decades, we are finally able to break ground on a project that many thought could never happen,” said Dr. Tom Deighan, LPS superintendent. “Lawton-Fort Sill can see this as ground-breaking for a new era. I hope we can continue to build this momentum.”
The estimated date of completion for the construction is 2020.