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BCSC Selects Howeler+Yoon for New Westside Elementary School Design

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BCSC Selects Howeler+Yoon for New Westside Elementary School Design

The choice of the renowned Boston-based architectural firm marks a significant step in continuing Columbus, Indiana's tradition of architectural excellence in educational facilities.

[COLUMBUS, IN, April 17, 2024] — Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC) proudly announces the selection of Howeler+Yoon, a Boston-based architectural firm, to design the new westside elementary school. This decision, approved by the BCSC Board of Trustees on April 15, underscores BCSC's commitment to maintaining and enhancing the architectural legacy that Columbus, Indiana is known for, particularly within its educational institutions.

The selection process was meticulously carried out by a 16-member committee composed of BCSC administrators, teachers, a student, and community members. The committee reviewed proposals from four distinguished firms nominated by the Cummins Architecture Program, ultimately choosing Howeler+Yoon for their innovative and child-centric approach to design. The new school is an integral part of BCSC’s Envision 2030 facilities plan, which involves extensive renovations across the district and emphasizes the corporation's forward-looking educational vision. School Board Representative on the Design Committee Rich Stenner said about the process, “We would like to thank the board members, teachers, school staff, parents, and students that were involved in this process. I’m sure that their attention and efforts to make good decisions will lead us in a good direction moving forward.”

Dr. Brett Boezeman, BCSC's Director of Operations, highlighted the firm’s alignment with BCSC’s values, noting, “Eric Howeler’s vision of designing through the eyes of a child not only inspired the committee but resonated deeply within our community. Howler+Yoon’s approach of being a collaborator and a synthesizer will bring a fresh perspective to our new educational space, promising a future where both aesthetics and functionality go hand in hand.”

The new westside school represents the district’s 12th elementary and its first since 1982. It is expected to cost approximately $60 million and will serve around 650 students, accommodating the city’s expansion to the west and south. The project also includes the appointment of Taylor Bros Construction and Pepper Construction as construction managers, with a dedicated focus on ensuring top-tier construction standards for the $1.5 million project.

About Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC)

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is a public school district located in Columbus, Indiana. Serving approximately 11,500 students across pre-K through 12th grade and employing over 2,000 staff members, BCSC is renowned for its commitment to providing diverse educational pathways that ensure student success. BCSC stands as the district of choice in south central Indiana, recognized for its innovative and comprehensive educational offerings. For more information, visit