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The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe (NHBP), was searching for adequate space that would allow for full functionality of their day care program by the start of school. The tribe needed their new facility to blend into the rural wooded area out of respect for the land. Without a timely solution, they would risk losing their grant money as well as their entire day care program.
IMS proposed a solution that included the design and construction of a building and all required site work with completion in just 10 weeks. The overall design and building layout maintained existing green space and trees. The building includes; an office, kitchen, modified restrooms for children, and a large open area. With an aggressive timeline, the Head Start opened at the start of school allowing NHBP to keep their program and continue educating future generations.
Until 2011, the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council’s Head Start Child & Family Programs for the Sleepy Eye area were housed in the Sleepy Eye Elementary School. Eventually, the school district needed the leased space for their own programs, leaving Tri-Valley looking for a new facility. The district offered to work with Tri-Valley on the new facility by offering space on their property to house a new building for the Tri-Valley programs.
Tri-Valley decided permanent modular construction would be the best option for their new facility. They applied for, and received, a Federal Grant to purchase a modular building. They then issued a formal RFP and interviewed the respondents. IMS was selected to do a turnkey permanent facility for an eight classroom building that would house infants, toddlers, and pre-school children in the Head Start program. Today, Tri-Valley still occupies the building and considers it one of their best facilities.
The Mid-Sioux Opportunity Head Start Program was housed in an older, unused, outdated public school building. They had purchased property in Cherokee in hopes of building an up to date facility. To do this, they applied for and received a grant to help toward building the new facility. After looking into traditional construction, they found the architect fees alone were enough to investigate other options.
As a not-for-profit Community Action Agency that helps low income families in Northwest Iowa, Mid-Sioux was looking for the most cost effective way to construct a new facility. After investigating permanent modular construction, they chose this method and sent out an RFP. IMS responded to the RFP and after subsequent interviews, Mid-Sioux chose IMS to construct their new facility. The turn-key project consisted of a two classroom building with office space and kitchen that serves pre-school children.