Lake Washington School District’s Bus Drivers Association collected 884 toys on December 2 for their “Stuff the Bus” event.
Peter Kirk Elementary School
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.
• Borings for geothermal wells and connections are in progress.
• Concrete footings for structural walls are installed.
• Storm water vault concrete walls completed.
• Water and sewer utility work on 14th Place is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
• Construction crews are preparing the site for the first concrete pour later this month. The concrete will form the school’s storm water vault.
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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