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Rock Island-Milan School District 41 | New District Office and Production Kitchen

It’s out with the old, and in with the new! The Rock Island – Milan School District #41 came to us with three main goals for their brand-new administrative center: unify staff, accelerate food production, and create more storage space. 

After years of operating in an old, cramped, and energy inefficient space, Bush Construction delivered a 35,000 new-build administrative center comprised of a district office (18,000 SF), a warehouse (11,000 SF), and a food production area (6,000 SF). 

The one-level layout improves accessibility and ease of use for the multi-purpose building. To increase security and privacy for staff, a brand-new secure entryway was installed.     

After previously working out of multiple small kitchens in different locations, a centrally located production kitchen was essential to the district. The new top-of-the-line, high-performance kitchen will allow the nutrition services team to prepare more than 4,000 meals per day with increased quality and efficiency.  

The new space will serve as a gathering space for students, staff and community alike.  

Rock Island High School

The near-century-old Rock Island High School has new life after a renovation/addition of more than 60,000 square feet. The $10.8 million project required a complex reconfiguration of the main floor including a relocation of the main office, nurses’ office, administrator, and athletic director offices to improve overall flow and accessibility. The adjustments required an addition to the existing building.

A major transformation to the school’s main entryway creates a modern and welcoming first impression while enhancing security measures. Just inside, students can now enjoy a college-like atmosphere with a new and improved cafeteria as well as lavished common areas to socialize, study and relax.

Rocky’s exterior also got some much-needed attention including safety and efficiency upgrades to the pick-up/drop-off areas, expanded staff parking, and new outdoor courtyard spaces to enjoy. The library and various classrooms throughout the school were also renovated.

As school was in session for the majority of construction, our team coordinated closely with officials to ensure as little disruption as possible to staff and students.

Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council (MARC) Quad Cities Campus

We love it when we get to build from the ground up! That’s exactly what we were able to do for Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council (MACRC). The new two-facility complex in East Moline, IL consists of a state-of-the-art training center and a new union hall office building.

The 65,000-square-foot training center will serve its 2,000 union members and apprentices in the Quad Cities and the State of Illinois. The training building features functional classrooms and shop areas which were designed with a special attention to detail between the carpenters and millwright training areas. The carpentry space features beautiful wood finishes and textures, while the millwright side has more of an industrial machinery feel.

The two-story administrative facility includes offices, conference rooms, a cafeteria, and a 250-seat meeting room which will be used for union and public events.

SAU Assumption Wrestling

To accommodate the first-ever wrestling team at St. Ambrose University, Bush Construction completed the new wrestling training facility. The project includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, four offices for the coaching staff, and three full-size wrestling mats. Assumption High School will also be utilizing this space for their wrestling team needs.

Augustana Bergendoff Hall

On this renovation, Bush Construction upgraded classrooms as well as rehearsal and performance spaces. A common area corridor was also upgraded for the music and performing arts department at Augustana College. The project had two phases. One was a fast-paced renovation over the summer (offices and one classroom). In phase 2 of this renovation, Bush Construction upgraded 2 floors of classrooms as well as rehearsal, performance spaces, and faculty offices. All common areas and corridors were also renovated for the music and performing arts department at Augustana.


During demo, Bush Construction came across many issues in the previous design and build. After completing the demolition, we worked with the architect and owner to achieve the desired design with the existing conditions. With all new plumbing, updated emergency systems, updated lighting and controls, and a totally new aesthetic, we feel confident Augustana will love their new space at Bergendoff Hall. The faculty feedback has already been a plus.

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Muscatine High School

The Muscatine High School STEM project included a two-story addition that is home to state-of-the-art science labs. The addition features 12 new classrooms: two special education, four chemistry labs, three physics labs, three general labs. Also, students and staff now have access to a “green roof” for outdoor classes, a staff workroom and STEM room, and learning stairs.

St. Ambrose University | McMullen Hall

McMullen Hall is nestled on the southwest corner of the St. Ambrose University campus and is the new, state-of-the-art home to the University’s College of Business. The $8.6 million project included the renovation of the existing 38,000 SQFT building and a 16,000 SQFT addition. According to St. Ambrose, “a major focus of the project has been the integration of old and new, reflecting the University’s agility while holding tight to our history and mission.”

The new addition features ten new classrooms and a student commons area highlighted, a sales lab with six individual team rooms, a tiered lecture classroom, and a finance lab. The varied classroom styles assist the University in preparing students for the business world, which focuses on teams and collaboration. The renovation of the existing building converted existing classrooms into faculty offices and added a Dean’s office suite.

United Township High School | Student Life Center

The Student Life Addition at United Township High School consists of a 25,624 SF addition and 6,687 SF renovation of the administrative offices, Media Collections Center, Student Store
and Café. It also features a Student Life Area which provides a gathering space for students that serves as a central location for students to gather, socialize, and interact with each other. The Student Life Area is connected to the existing cafeteria that consists of 19,059 SF and underwent a cosmetic renovation as part of this project.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa named the United Township High School project a 2020 People’s Choice Award WinnersOPN Architects led the design of this exceptional project that we are pleased to be the construction manager of.

Bettendorf Community School District | Mark Twain

The Bettendorf Board of Education approved a six-year facility plan that included demolishing the 62-year-old Mark Twain Elementary School and building a brand new space to house both Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson students.

Mark Twain’s new 21st-century facility includes a learning stair, natural lighting with windows overlooking Duck Creek, learning pods, collaboration areas, a secure entrance, a new gym, library, and common areas. The new school is adjacent to the old school, which has been demolished for additional parking, playground and green space.

In addition, Bush Construction donated two custom shelves that team members thoughtfully fabricated out of a salvaged beam from the original school. Now, students, faculty and staff will be able to carry memories from their former school to their new school.

At the ribbon-cutting, Mark Twain Elementary halls were filled with joy and excitement. “It’s a new beginning. It’s a start for all of us in a brand new building. We’re excited to dig in and teach and learn in a new facility,” said Caroline Olson, Principal at Mark Twain.

In addition, Adam Holland, School Board President for Bettendorf Schools and Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banker at Northwest Bank said, “The team at Bush Construction did an outstanding job as the CM for our new Mark Twain Elementary School. From the moment we began the process, they were not just a hired firm, but a partner in every step of the process. Any issues that arose throughout the process were communicated in a timely manner and solutions were provided as well.”

According to the school’s fact sheet, the new school design brings more space, more light, more community use, and more flexible learning opportunities for the Bettendorf community.

Black Hawk College

The 16,000 SF Black Hawk College project created a welcoming entrance for all students, especially new and prospective students. The goal of this project was to create a new “front door” for the Black Hawk QC Campus.

Bush Construction was able to construct precisely what the college wanted while completing the project 4 months ahead of schedule. The addition of several owner-requested change orders were executed to ensure the client’s complete satisfaction with all aspects of the project.

We were able to coordinate these changes, while never losing sight of our schedule. This early completion allowed the owner to begin operations well before the anticipated timeframe.

Demolition and construction activities commenced while the semester was in session. To accommodate the students, flooring in existing corridors needed to be completed over weekends and holidays. It is our goal, at Bush Construction, to work closely with the client to meet their needs, especially when that involves working in an occupied space.

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