Lake Washington School District’s Bus Drivers Association collected 884 toys on December 2 for their “Stuff the Bus” event.
Margaret Mead Elementary School
Students and staff signed the last steel beam at Margaret Mead Elementary before a crane lifted it to the top of its three-floor steel frame on November 13.
Director of Support Services Forrest Miller, who is retiring this month, explained the tradition of placing an American flag and evergreen tree on the beam. “We’re celebrating the fact that there’s been safety on this project, but also honoring the workers,” he said. Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem also attended the topping out ceremony. She thanked workers and the community for making the project possible.
- Steel installation on the three-story building was completed this week.
- Work is beginning to enclose and weatherproof the building before winter.
- Concrete for the stage has been placed in the commons.
- Drilling is in progress for geothermal wells. This technology is a sustainable way to maintain comfortable temperatures in the school. Water in pipes warms or cools underground where the temperatures stay a comfortable 55 degrees year-round. The water returns to the surface where the heat is extracted to help control the temperature inside the school.
- Concrete floors started.
- Structural brace frame concrete footings are complete.
- Borings for geothermal wells started.
- Utility work is in progress.
- A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
- Structural brace frame concrete footings in progress.
- West storm water vault concrete complete.
- Concrete footings, for structural walls, are in progress.
- Water and sewer utilities are being installed.
Students at Margaret Mead Elementary School are learning more about the construction work going on in their backyard.
On June 12, contractors who are building the school gave a presentation and demonstrated some of the equipment being used at the site: an excavator, a bulldozer, a fork lift and a water truck. They explained why they use special protective gear to stay safe (helmet, glasses, gloves and boots).
Students absorbed the lessons. “One pointed out the window recently and said, ‘Look, it’s an excavator,’” said third-grade teacher Renee Beluche.
During a question-and-answer session, students showed a particular interest in the stairs, play area and cafeteria (they currently eat in their classrooms).
Students who are in third grade this year will be in fifth grade when the new school opens in fall 2019. They were excited to hear that their classrooms will be on the third floor because they will be the oldest students in the school.
Margaret Mead has the smallest building footprint of the district's construction projects. The Design and Construction Advisory Committee recommended the three-floor design to allow the school to be built on a smaller area and still maintain the student capacity needed. The smaller footprint also means there is a smaller impact on storm water.
Excavation on the new school is in progress beside the existing building. The new building will have a capacity of 690 students.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project will rebuild and enlarge Margaret Mead Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.
Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Square Footage: 78,000
Capacity: 690 students
Spaces: 30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost: $44,987,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $5.7 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: September 2019
Remodel vs. Rebuild
A Remodel vs Rebuild Study concluded rebuilding a new school would be more cost effective than remodeling and enlarging the existing school. The current school consists of multiple small buildings made of cinder block. A new building would bring the entire school under one roof and limit access points into the building to enhance safety.
State construction assistance: Due to its age, the school became eligible for state funds for renovation or replacement in 2009. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
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