Students from Lake Washington High School (LWHS) competed against 10 other high schools in the annual Washington State Ethics Bowl.
Peter Kirk Elementary School
- Principal Monica Garcia and Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem walked the construction site.
- Interior mechanical, plumbing and fire sprinkler installation is in progress.
- Gym/Commons exterior framing is in progress.
It is with gratitude that we share this video of the moments that made 2018 a year to remember. We celebrated the grand openings of two new elementary schools and progress continues on the remaining 2016 bond projects at Juanita High School, Peter Kirk Elementary, Margaret Mead Elementary, Old Redmond Schoolhouse and the new middle school at Redmond Ridge newly named Timberline Middle School.
As we look ahead to 2019, we look forward to providing additional space for more students as we open new schools and rebuild and expand other schools. All of the capital improvement projects add quality learning spaces for students. Even with the addition of these learning spaces, the district has ongoing critical capacity needs because of our rapid growth and will propose a Capital Projects Levy to voters in April of 2019.
Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District for your ongoing support for providing great places for students to learn!
Students at Peter Kirk Elementary School sang their school song to celebrate a construction milestone on Nov. 6. The students watched as the last steel beam was hoisted to the top of their new school.
Construction workers, students and staff had a chance to sign the ceremonial beam during recess earlier in the day.
On either side of the beam was an evergreen tree and an American flag. Placing a tree or branch when topping out a building is a longtime tradition. A similar tradition can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia. The Scandinavians placed a small tree or branch with the last beam to celebrate nature and the trees that were used in their buildings. Today, construction workers use the ceremony to celebrate a safe construction site.
Construction crews placed the last concrete floor on Oct. 24 at Peter Kirk Elementary School. A Facebook Live broadcast recorded the milestone event.
Brian Buck, associate director of Support Services, and Kathryn Emtman, project executive from Lease Crutcher Lewis, hosted the video. Throughout the day, 28 trucks brought in 270 cubic yards of concrete. It took 23 people from Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping to drive, flag, pump, place, spread, consolidate, level screed and survey the concrete.
Hidden inside concrete is a material that building users never see. Rebar is used to strengthen and reinforce concrete. Today’s rebar is made almost entirely from recycled items, such as old cars and appliances.
Steel installation is also nearing completion. Work to enclose the building for winter will begin later this month with exterior metal stud framing. The two-story building will have 400 tons of steel.
- Concrete floors started.
- Borings for geothermal wells are complete.
- Utility work is in progress.
- A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project will rebuild and enlarge Peter Kirk Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.
Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
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 in 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 2005. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
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