New West Side School Project Moves Forward

Jack Beary, (312) 744-9277

A $14.7 million construction contract to build the new Oscar DePriest Elementary School on the West Side won approval today from the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC).

The new three-story school, to be built by Walsh Construction Co., will include 28 classrooms, science and computer labs, special education rooms, a cafeteria, a library and a gymnasium, officials said. The school will be located at 139 South Parkside Avenue. It will replace the previous DePriest school at a nearby site, which was demolished. Construction is expected to begin in the late fall, officials said, with completion expected in 2004.

The PBC designs and builds new schools and improves existing facilities for the public schools and currently manages about $75 million of the schools’ development program, PBC officials said. Mayor Richard M. Daley chairs the PBC.

Other actions taken Tuesday by the PBC Board, including the appointment of architects and owner’s representatives, are listed on the PBC’s web site at

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