Saugatuck Public + Douglas Elementary

Saugatuck Public Schools is an educational organization that was established in the 1950s. They are currently undertaking a project as part of a 2020 bond initiative.

Client Market:Education Featured
188,500 SF
Location: Douglas, MI
Completion: 2022
Project Design Partner: GMB A+E

Client Needs

Saugatuck Public Schools’ facilities include Douglas Elementary School, which was initially built in the 1950s with an addition in the 1960s and another in 2008. The school’s last significant interior finishes renovation took place in 1992. Additionally, Saugatuck Public Schools has a Middle/High School that was constructed in the mid-1970s, followed by an addition and renovation in 2002. Both buildings were in need of a face-lift.

Saugatuck Public Schools decided to hire GDK Construction through a thorough evaluation process and consideration of various factors. Our track record in the construction industry, particularly in educational projects, played a significant role. Saugatuck Public Schools reviewed our portfolio, assessing our experience in managing similar projects and our ability to deliver high-quality results. By carefully considering GDK Construction’s expertise, experience, involvement in the pre-bond campaign, preconstruction estimating capabilities, construction management track record, and local presence, Saugatuck Public Schools made an informed decision to hire GDK Construction for all of their construction needs.

“It is clear to me that GDK is well respected in the industry allowing them to attract quality subcontractors to our project. Their high expectations and quality relationships with each subcontractor has improved the workmanship and overall quality of our project.”
Timothy J. Travis, Ph.D. - Superintendent

Project Solution

GDK Construction has been heavily involved in the school’s bond initiative, assisting with various aspects such as the pre-bond campaign, preconstruction estimating, and construction management of the projects. We completed the Douglas Elementary School project in 2022, and the Middle/High School project is set for a 2026 completion date.

Douglas Elementary won an Outstanding Design Award from American School & University Magazine, read the article here.

  • New finishes throughout both buildings
  • New secure entries at both buildings
  • Douglas: New media center, new art and science classrooms, new nature-based playscape and exterior learning pavilion
  • Middle School & High School: New commons/media center, new band room and main office addition
  • Site circulation was modified to enhance the flow of bus and car traffic, prioritizing both safety and efficiency

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