Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Linda Van Hoosen, Communications
In Lincoln, Nebraska, school is in session. And for the first time ever, students and teachers are in the classrooms of Marilyn Moore Middle School. It’s Lincoln Public School’s (LPS) newest facility located at 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road. The school is part of a multifaceted project, which includes a new YMCA and Lincoln Parks and Recreation facilities.
Five years ago, the site known as Jensen Park was nearly 100 acres of farm land given as a gift to Lincoln Parks and Recreation. At the time, LPS knew it would soon need a new middle school for the rapid housing and business growth in southeast Lincoln. A combined project with a new middle school and YMCA facility had just opened in north Lincoln. The model was working well and both LPS and the YMCA hoped it could be replicated.
An idea came to Olsson Executive Vice President John Olsson to get LPS, the YMCA, and Lincoln Parks and Recreation together to talk about the future of the site and how the three parties might work together to develop the site. A joint planning charrette was proposed, and the three parties agreed to consider what they wanted and needed on the site.
“This type of project truly shows what we’re capable of from beginning to end,” said Erin Bright, project manager. “From our leaders bringing the agencies together, to showing our design experience and a variety of services, this is exactly the type of work we enjoy doing.”