Omaha Public Schools, Highland Elementary, Renovation & Addition

Omaha, NE

As part of Omaha Public Schools’ (OPS) continued plan to improve on their district-wide schools, they recognized that Highland Elementary was in an immediate need to update their existing mechanical and electrical systems while addressing a lack of space due to growth, resulting in more than 15 portables being used on the site to handle classroom overcrowding.

LEO A DALY was selected to partner with Highland Elementary and the neighboring community to plan to:

  • Collaboratively assess the existing building, site constraints, and provide innovative concepts to design a neighborhood friendly solution
  • Design a new secure main entrance and address other building security issues
  • Program, plan, and design five new classrooms to help alleviate overcrowding
  • Relocate administration offices to improve sight lines
  • Extend the “main corridor” to engage teachers and students
  • Create a sustainable solution that introduces innovative and cost-effective measures that will increase building system efficiencies
  • Upgrade heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
  • Upgrade electrical/IT systems
  • Provide building exterior improvements
  • Provide site/ADA upgrades
  • Address parent/student pick-off/drop-off opportunities
  • Create a more dynamic outdoor learning space/playground



Omaha Public Schools

At a glance

  • 12,500 SF (Expansion)
  • 43,0000 SF (Renovation)


  • New Main Entrance
  • Five Classroom Addition
  • MEP Improvements
  • Dynamic Outdoor Learning Space
  • Administrative Offices


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Administration