Planning & Construction Updates

March 2017

Final painting and cleaning began in Cascadia Elementary. The contractor finished installing the elevator. Flooring and floor polishing was done. The parking lots for the elementary were paved. Systems testing began. At Eagle Staff Middle School, most of the electrical and plumbing trim-out was complete. The gym floor was finished and equipment installed. Most of the flooring was done and the exterior siding was complete. The paving for the bike and pedestrian walkway was finished.


February 2017

This month, the construction team set Seattle City Light transformers forthe elementary and middle school buildings, and energized the elementary school. In the Cascadia Elementary building, kitchen equipment, ceiling tile, carpet and linoleum installation, and the gym flooring were all completed. In the Eagle Staff Middle School building, the ceramic tile in the kitchen and the drywall work was completed. Interior painting was underway, and most of the casework was done. Work was completed on portions of the concrete flatwork and hardscape. Installation of the bike/pedestrian pathway on the northwest corner continued


January 2017

The elementary school classroom ceiling tile were installed. The gym flooring and elevator installation began in the elementary school. At the middle school, portions of the ceiling grid and most of the casework were installed. Drywall was completed in the middle school library and gym. Portions of the concrete flatwork/hardscape have been completed. Work began on the bike/pedestrian walkway at the northwest corner of the site. 


December 2016

Elementary school: Completed portions of the concrete flatwork/hardscape, poured light pole bases and completed the handrail. Middle school: Completed the interior painting, casework installation and ceiling grid installation in the south and middle sections. The middle school windows have all been installed. Light fixture installation has begun at both schools. 


November 2016

Elementary school: Completed exterior painting, casework installation and a majority of plumbing trim-out work. Portions of the concrete flatwork/hardscape were completed. Middle school: Roofing is complete through mid-ply making it “dried in” (which means the exterior envelope and roofing were essentially complete). Interior painting was completed in the administration area. Casework installation, exterior painting, and sidewalk placement began. Bids and bid alternates were opened for the synthetic turf field bid package.


October 2016

Elementary school: 90% of exterior painting, 80% of interior painting and 50% of casework installation were completed. Portions of the concrete flatwork/hardscape were installed. Middle school: A majority of the roofing (except the gym), 80% of window installation and the south portion drywall were completed. Issued bid package for synthetic turf fields.


September 2016

Elementary school: 95% of roof system, 95% of fiber cement board (exterior skin),
70% of exterior painting and 80% of interior painting were completed. Casework and ceiling grid installation began. Middle school: 50% of window installation and the middle portion of the roof were completed. Work began on the fiber cement board (exterior skin). The main power and communications pathways/conduits and gas lines were completed for both schools. Seattle Department of Transporation issued the street improvement permit.


August 2016

Elementary school: Completed window installation, south and middle portions of fiber cement board (exterior skin) and 95% of interior drywall. The building is “dried in” (exterior envelope and roofing essentially complete). Interior and exterior painting began. Middle school: Completed 85% of interior and exterior framing, and the south portion window installation and roofing. Fiber cement board (exterior skin) installation began. Eight of the 10 cassions have been installed for future field lighting. Four groundwater monitoring wells were completed.


June 2016

Elementary school: Completed weather-resistant barrier and mid-ply roofing installation; began installation of windows, fiber cement board (exterior skin), and interior gypsum wallboard. Middle school: Completed slab-on-grade placements, and the south portion of exterior framing and sheathing. Work continues on mechanical/plumbing rough-in continues, and interior framing began.


May 2016

Completed southwest parking lot asphalt paving, elementary school exterior sheathing and final installation of the murals. Precast panels were installed and exterior framing began at the middle school. Insulation and vapor barrier work began in the elementary school.


April 2016

Elementary school: completed slab-on-grade pours; continued exterior framing (80% complete), exterior sheathing (70% complete) and interior wall framing at ES, 45% complete; and started roofing with the south portion close to completion.

Middle school: completed slab-on-metal-deck pours; completed 95% of racking repairs in the gym; continued mechanical/electrical/mechanical rough-in; and started fire sprinkler piping.


March 2016

Started interior wall framing at elementary school; south portion complete. Started exterior sheathing at elementary school; south portion complete. Completed steel erection for the middle school. Poured slab-on-metal-deck at the middle school, which is now 90% complete. Maintaining temporary erosion and sediment control (TESC) during wet conditions.


February 2016

Crews have moved the murals and they are ready for re-installation. At the elementary school, steel erection is complete, and exterior wall framing and fire sprinkler overhead piping has begun. At the middle school, the first slab-on-metal deck has been poured and the majority of the steel erection is complete. The project team re-submitted final drawings for the street improvement permit to Seattle DOT.


January 2016

Completed slab-on-grade and 95 percent of steel erection at the elementary school. Started pouring elementary school slab-on-metal-deck. Began steel erection at the middle school and poured slab-on-grade. Completed curbs in the middle school south parking lot. Resubmitted final drawings for street improvement permit to Seattle Department of Transportation.


December 2015

Completed 60 percent of slab-on-grade, all precast panels and 85 percent of steel erection at the elementary building. Completed 100 percent of footings, 50 percent of foundation stem walls and 25 percent slab-on-grade at the middle school building. Completed modular block retaining walls around Pilings Pond area. Completed all light pole bases and all curbs at elementary school south parking lot. Completed 85 percent of curbs at the middle school south parking lot. Relocated and installed three of the murals at the permanent building locations. Completed 100 percent of Licton Springs Flood Reduction project. Obtained letter of service from Seattle City Light.


November 2015

Completed footings at elementary building. Completed 75 percent of footings at middle school building. Completed curbs at south parking lot. Completed first slab on grade pour at elementary school building. Relocated and re-installed three murals at permanent building locations. Completed Licton Springs Flood Reduction project. Started precast panel and steel erection for elementary building. Obtained electrical permit from city.


October 2015

This month the construction team installed communications and primary electrical raceways, and site lighting conduit and light pole bases. The elevator jackshafts were drilled. Retaining walls on east side of elementary school are complete. Work continues on pouring footings at elementary school and middle school. The Licton Springs Flood Reduction project with Seattle Public Utilities is complete (except for final street and landscape restoration).


September 2015

Work is almost complete on fixing street flooding near the Cascadia Elementary and Robert Eagle Staff Middle School site, which means students and parents will have a safer, dryer walk to school when the schools open in fall 2017.

The murals have all be detached and relocated for storage. The sewer main is tied in at the middle school, and underground electrical and plumbing rough in has begun. Concrete pouring began on the elementary and middle school footings. Precast panel production began off site. Construction began on phase 2 of the Licton Springs Flood Reduction project.


August 2015

In August, the construction team completed hazardous material abatement and demolition of all existing buildings. Underground storm detention tanks were installed, and concrete footings were formed and poured for portions of the elementary school building.

The city’s department of planning issued the building permit and Seattle Department of Transportation issued corrections for the street improvement permit drawings. Construction began on the Seattle Public Utilities Licton Springs flood reduction work.


July 2015

Murals 1 and 2 were successfully relocated to the on-site storage area. Hazardous material abatement and demolition continued on the existing buildings. Work continued to clear and grade the former playfields in preparation for the elementary school building. Materials are being recycled. Recycled concrete is being crushed to use as underground piping bedding material.

Several bid packages were opened: wood flooring, tile flooring, walls and framing, fire suppression, asphalt, doors/frames/hardware, elevator and specialties, and metal flashing and trim. The architect completed the construction documents and issued the conformed document on July 27. The permit for the foundation has been issued. The SDOT easement for N. 92nd Street on the west side of the site was recorded.


June 2015

Bids were opened for the Licton Springs Flood Reduction Project and a limited notice to proceed was issued. Hazardous material abatement continued and demolition of the existing began. Site clearing, stripping and site demolition of the playfield began. The Landmarks Board approved the honoring circle and interpretive panels design.

Two new school buildings names approved: Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Cascadia Elementary School

SEATTLE – The Seattle School Board voted Wednesday in favor of naming two new school buildings on the Wilson-Pacific site. The new middle school building is named Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and the new elementary school building is named Cascadia Elementary School. Both schools are being constructed and scheduled to open in 2017.

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May 2015

The City issued the Master Use Permit, the demolition permit and the grading permit. The notice to proceed was issued to Lydig, the contractor, regarding the early work bids for abatement, demolition, earthwork and murals relocation. The site has been completely fenced and abatement has begun in the gym and cafeteria buildings. Work continued on other construction documents and the easement application for 92nd Street on the west side of the site. Advertisements were made for the structural bid package. Lydig is prepping for the bidding process for mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.


April 2015

The hearing examiner affirmed the master use permit (MUP) decision issued by the Department of Planning and Development, thereby completing the MUP appeal process. Design work continued on the Honor Circle and interpretive panels. Preparation is underway for the bidding process on structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing bid packages.


March 2015

The project team reported the information gathered at the second outreach meeting with the Native American community to the Landmarks Board.

The construction managers completed the bidding process for mural moving, hazardous material abatement, demolition and site/utilities packages. The existing underground storage tank has been successfully removed.

Work continues on the construction document phase and permitting process.


February 2015

The construction document phase continues. A second meeting with the Native American community was held to discuss the Honor Circle and the interpretive display panels to recognize the cultural significance of the site. Information gathered at the first such meeting was reported to the Landmarks Board.

The project site and utilities permit drawings have been submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Work continues with Seattle Public Utilities on the neighborhood storm water improvement scope of work. The easement application for 92nd Street, on the west side of the site, has been initiated. The project team received the DPD’s Master Use Permit decisions and an appeal on the decisions. The prequalification process for the mural movers is complete.


December 2014

The construction documents phase has begun. Work began on the outreach plan for the Honor Circle and Interpretive Display Panels that will recognize the cultural significance of the site. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for mural movers advertising began. Responses to all Master User Permit comments were completed. Approval was received from the Department of Planning and Development for the property dedication exception request for 92nd Street. Work continues with Seattle Public Utilities regarding neighborhood storm water improvement. Applied for an received approval of the Riparian Management Area Development Exception.


November 2014

The team submitted the outreach plan for the design of the Honor Circle and the interpretive display panels to recognized the cultural significance of the site to the Landmarks Board. Work continues on the Master Use Permit including response to comments from the Department of Planning and Development and some exemption requests. Work continues with Seattle Public Utilities on the neighborhood storm water improvement scope of work. The construction documents phase began.


October 2014

On October 15, the Landmarks Board approved no controls and incentives, which allows the district to demolish the existing school buildings and build two new schools on site. The Landmarks Board also agreed to review and approve the design of the Honor Circle and the Interpretive Display Panels to recognize the cultural significance of the site.

Subsurface soils investigations around existing oil tanks have been completed and the report finalized. Also completed: geothermal test well report and design development (DD) estimate budget reconciliation process. The team also responded to initial Master Use Permit comments from Department of Planning and Development.


August 2014

The SEPA appeal hearing was held and the Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) was affirmed. Work began with the Landmarks Board on resolving the issues raised by the landmark designation. Design development estimates were completed and budget reconciliation is underway.


July 2014

In July, the project team completed the Design Development documents and started the Design Development estimating work. The SEPA determination on non significance (DNS) was appealed and the hearing is scheduled for August 8.

On July 17, the Wilson-Pacific School site and the exterior of the existing buildings were designated as a landmark based on the following criteria from the Seattle Municipal Code 25.12.350:

B) It is associated in a significant way with the life of a person important in the history of the City, state, or nation.

C) It is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or economical heritage of the community, City, state, or nation.


June 2014

In June, the project team prepared for the Landmarks Designation hearing scheduled for July. The Determination of Non-significance decision on the SEPA was published. The third departures committee meeting was held and all four departure requests were approved with minor conditions. The Design Development Phase continues. The Board approved the Value Engineering Study and the budget increase for Licton Springs K-8 (formerly Pinehurst K-8).


May 2014

Site Specific Education Specifications have been approved by the Board. At the Landmarks Nomincation meeting, Wilson-Pacific was nominated for landmark designation. Reponses to the SEPA comments continued to be prepared. A community meeting was held (meeting #2). A second Departures meeting was held. Design and planning continues.


April 2014

April work included meeting with Seattle Public Utilities on the neighborhood floodwater issue, execution of the contracts for the Building Envelope Consultant and Commissioning, and a meeting with Seattle Department of Transportation for design guidance on the street improvement plan. The project team also met with consultants to coordinate the Mechanical, Structural, Electrical and Landscape designs and with teachers and staff to review the current design. A meeting was held with the Pinehurst K8 staff and principal to integrate the K8 design into the middle school. SEPA comments/responses have been reviewed.


December 2013

A memo was prepared for the Seattle School Board regarding the project budget and schedule impacts of integrating the Pinehurst K-8 and American Indian Heritage programs into Wilson-Pacific Middle School. The direction has been given to move ahead with Option A of the memo with a project schedule impact of an additional 10 weeks (for program integration) and a budget impact of $550,000 (for additional square footage as well as the design and process fees.) Work began to draft a Memorandum of Understanding with mural artist Andrew Morrison. The SEPA/Traffic Analysis progress was reviewed.


August 2013

End-user interviews were conducted district child care personnel and the Director of Special Education. The project team presented SD design progress to the BEX Oversight Committee and continued the selection process for GCCM firm, with Lydig as the apparent high scoring finalist. The project team reached an agreement with Johnpaul Jones and Andrew Morris regarding where to relocate the existing murals on the new school design. The Landmark nomination report was submitted and review comments received.


July 2013

The project team met with school users groups regarding special education. Discussions were held about honoring the murals while meeting the district’s educational needs. Conducted a meeting regarding the initial findings about Licton Springs and the site flooding issue. The cost estimate was received for hazardous materials removal; the initial cost estimate from the design team was received. Cost savings options were reviewed.


June 2013

The School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) workshops 4, 5, and 6 were held — workshop 4 was the Eco-Charrette. A community meeting was held on June 25. The environmental (SEPA) consultant was selected and the first advertisement for the general contractor/construction manager RFQ was posted June 26. The project team conducted school user groups interviews.


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