Building a Brighter Future for EP401

Phase 1 Completed: Summer 2022 Rewind

Keeping Our Community Informed About the Progress of Elmwood and John Mills Construction

In March 2020, Elmwood Park voters approved a $55 million bond issue to renovate and add to Elmwood Elementary School and John Mills Elementary School. The measure received 61.89% of the 3,529 ballots cast.

To handle the construction projects, District 401 chose DLA Architects, Ltd., and International Contractors, Inc., the same two firms responsible for the recent renovation and expansion of Elm Middle School.

DLA and ICI also worked together to build the science wing at Elmwood Park High School, as well as to expand and remodel the south end of Elmwood Elementary.

"It is beyond exciting that we are about to start the construction process to provide an updated learning environment for our community," said Dr. Leah Gauthier, Superintendent of Schools for District 401.

"We know our students will be able to grow and thrive in these spaces for years to come."

Thank you visiting our "Building a Brighter Future" site. We will use this site throughout the duration of construction at both schools to keep you updated on our progress.

Continue scrolling for additional information, and be sure to check both sides of this page for links to photos, videos, floor plans and other items pertaining to the projects.

How It Was Going — July 2022

Where It's Heading

What It Means

Project Overviews

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Unveiling the Plans

Dr. Gauthier points out changes planned for John Mills School

ABOVE: Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401 Superintendent of Schools, points out some of the changes planned for John Mills during an update session at the school on Nov. 1, 2021. A similar session took place at Elmwood School on Oct. 27, 2021. (D401 photo by Dave Porreca)

In the months since the 2020 bond referendum passed, designs and floor plans for each school were prepared. They were displayed respectively to the Elmwood Park community in two public sessions: Oct. 27, 2021, at Elmwood School and Nov. 1, 2021, at John Mills School.

"The District is very excited to begin the addition and renovation projects at our two elementary schools," said Mr. James Jennings, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Finance & Operations.

"In 2019 the District presented several options to the community and asked for input from all stakeholders," he continued. "The results from the feedback was to replace the current plumbing, electrical and other life safety items, update the interior throughout the current building and to put an addition on both elementary schools."

Onsite Work Begins

Workers prep the construction site at Elmwood School.

ABOVE: The first onsite work involving either school project began on March 8, 2022, when workers began prepping the construction site at Elmwood. (D401 photo by Joseph Sierra)

Initial onsite work got underway on March 8, 2022, when crews began prepping the work site at Elmwood School. Asbestos abatement projects began at both schools on March 28.

Official groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Elmwood on May 11, 2022, and at John Mills on May 17, 2022, with the conclusion of the projects scheduled for August 2024.

Be sure to bookmark this page for updates throughout the duration of the projects.